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Differing realities

Leonard Fein, The Forward, February 10:

“Here’s a puzzle, a small piece of a much larger set of nagging issues that bubbles just beneath the surface of our ordinary lives: On December 23, 2005, Lawrence Kaplan, a senior editor of The New Republic, asserted in The Wall Street Journal that ‘Israeli officials were lukewarm about the war [in Iraq] from the outset, being far more concerned with the threat from Iran.’

“Yet now we have a book by James Risen, national security correspondent for The New York Times, titled ‘State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration,’ that argues the exact opposite.

“In a section on the prewar jockeying in Washington, Risen describes the role of Paul Wolfowitz, then undersecretary of defense. Wolfowitz, he writes, found the CIA ‘insufficiently hawkish,’ believed it ‘an arrogant, rogue institution…unwilling to support administration policymakers.’ Specifically, Wolfowitz insisted on examining ‘the possibility that Saddam Hussein was behind the [September 11] attacks on the United States,’ a possibility that the CIA discounted.

“Now comes the kicker: ‘Israeli intelligence played a hidden role in convincing Wolfowitz that he couldn’t trust the CIA… Israeli intelligence officials frequently travelled to Washington to brief top American officials, but CIA analysts were often sceptical of Israeli intelligence reports, knowing that Mossad had very strong – even transparent – biases about the Arab world.’ Wolfowitz, who ‘had begun meeting personally with top Israeli intelligence officials,’ preferred the Mossad’s analysis to the CIA’s.

“Now it cannot be that Israeli officials were at one and the same time ‘lukewarm about the war’ yet busy shuttling back and forth to encourage Wolfowitz’s evident eagerness for that same war. From all that we know regarding Wolfowitz and his ideological associates – Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle and others – the Risen version seems to me the more plausible.”

The full truth of the Iraq war is yet to emerge, though Israel’s key involvement is a given. Now that the Jewish state’s head of domestic security says he misses Saddam, one can be assured that the gross failure of the Iraq war is starting to bite.

12 comments ↪
  • weekbyweek

    Two words debunk this categorically: utter bollocks!

  • Progressive Atheist

    Why utter bollocks? Please give us a reasoned explanation.

  • orang

    If there's ever an example of why academics should not enter politics, Wolfowitz is numero uno.

  • Clumsy Birds

    The full truth of the Iraq war is yet to emerge, though Israel's key involvement is a given. Yeah! What's the Israeli leadership thinking? Wanting to get rid of a dictator who fired 20 scuds at Jewish suburbs. How dare they have the… the… Arrogance! to want security.

  • Wombat

    weekbyweek, you have no idea what you are talking about. This is supported by too much information to be dismissed.Can there be any doubt as to this being true? Consider these points:1. In preparation for the war, Wolfowitz underling, Douglas Feith, was put in charge fo a new office in NESA called the Office of Special Plans, to come up with arguments and evidence to attack Iraq.2. According to former NESA employee at the Pentagon, Lt. Karen Kwiatkowski , who worked in the OSP, she said that following 911, all visitors to the Pentagon has to sign in. The exception were Israeli high ranking military who would walk in as though they owned the place. She even observed occasions when Feith was in meetings with other people and these people would arrive and either demand to know who Feith was meeting with, or barge in regardless.3. Wolfowitz, Feith and Richard Perle, the most vocal proponents for the war, were equally vocal about the CIA being too conservative.4. Larry Franklin, who has been nabbed for passing on calcified information to Israeli lobbyists, was an employee at Feith’s office.5. Feith and Perle have both had their security clearances revoked in the past for passing secret information to Israeli officials. Both had those clearances re-instated by Rumsfled when the Bushies came to power.6. The first investigation by the Senate Select Intelligence Committee into intelligence failures, completely sidestepped the role played by the OSP. Pat Roberts and the Republican party have dragged their heels about completing Phase II, which was too look into the role played by the OSP.7. Ariel Sharon was having the same problems with the Mossad that Dick Cheney;s office was having with the CIA, which were both unwilling to corroborate unvetted intelligence, so he too set up an equivalent of and Israeli OSP at the Pentagon.8. When the Iraq invasion started to head South, Israel made a statement about pursuing other avenues and forming closer relationships with the Kurds. Now why would they be looking for other avenues if they didn’t have a stake in the Iraq invasion to begin with?I can provide links to all of the above.

  • Wombat

    Israel showed a lot fo restraint during the Gulf War, but their reason for wantingf to remove Saddam was unrelated to that. Like the US, Israle wants to maintain it's dominance in the region, which is why they are puching to the US to hit Iran and Syria.Nothign to do with security and everything to do with hegemony.

  • Glenn Condell

    'Wolfowitz, who 'had begun meeting personally with top Israeli intelligence officials,' preferred the Mossad's analysis to the CIA's.'These people are traitors. Addamo's comprehensive list mentions the previous form of Feith and Perle in slipping classified American govt documents to Israel, but Wolfowitz too has had his credentials revoked for the same breach. How is it that they (a) are appointed to sensitive posts (again) and (b) they are permitted closed door, unrecorded meetings with the intelligence agents of a foreign power?With Mossad's fingerprints all over the bullshit prewar intel via Feith and Ledeen, and some distinctly uncomfortable questions about it's foreknowledge of the 911 attacks, not to mention honeytraps like Golan Cipel and full on spies like Pollard, it is passing strange that the special relationship, on the face of it, remains firm. But there is a termite burrowing quietly away at the is edifice, name of Fitzgerald. Hope he doesn't plan any trips in small planes.

  • Clumsy Birds

    Addamo, let's assume you are correct that Israel wants hegemony in the ME (and ever has a chance of getting it), what for?I'd venture to say for security.

  • Wombat

    I venture to say, ultimate aspirations for expanding it's boundaries.That's what it's been doing for decades has it not. Bulldozing Palesitnian homes under the name of security. Building Israeli settlements on those very sites under the pretext of security, and then inserting check points to protect those newly developed settlements.Yes, security is a gift that keeps on giving.

  • Clumsy Birds

    I venture to say, ultimate aspirations for expanding it's boundaries.Even if a few far-right- or even left- dodo's plan on reclaiming all the biblical land of Eretz Israel, it's not an option.Expansion is not what Israel has been 'doing for decades'. It's what you and the feral-left (I normally hate to generalise) think Israel has been doing since 1948.

  • orang

    Clumsy Birds said… "Addamo, let's assume you are correct that Israel wants hegemony in the ME (and ever has a chance of getting it), what for? I'd venture to say for security. "Clumsy. Israel has agents in the Kurdish areas of Iraq bordering Iran. – What for?… Security?

  • James Waterton

    Why would they have voluntarily given up the Sinai if territorial expansion was/is the aim? They were clearly in a position to hold it – forever, if they wanted.