February 12th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Paul Pillar article in Foreign Affairs on politicization of intelligence

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   *Intelligence, Policy,and the War in Iraq*
   By Paul R. Pillar
   Foreign Affairs

   March/April 2006 Issue

   *A Dysfunctional Relationship*

   The most serious problem with US intelligence today is that its
relationship with the policymaking process is broken and badly needs
repair. In the wake of the Iraq war, it has become clear that official
intelligence analysis was not relied on in making even the most
significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused
publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will
developed between policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the
intelligence community's own work was politicized. As the national
intelligence officer responsible for the Middle East from 2000 to 2005,
I witnessed all of these disturbing developments.

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Chris Keeley

On the Man who Commissioned the "Cartoons"

From: John Whitbeck <jvwhitbeck@awalnet.net.sa>
To: <@awalnet.net.sa;>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 21:50:49 +0300
Subject: On the Man who Commissioned the "Cartoons"
TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
I am not familiar with the source of the article transmitted below, sent to me by two of my correspondents, but it does provide an answer to the perplexing question why a Danish newspaper editor would conceive and initiate a project intentionally designed to insult and outrage all the world's Muslims -- particularly at a time when many Muslims believe that the West is already engaged in an all-out war against Islam and Muslims (in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq and, perhaps soon, in Iran and Syria as well).
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Chris Keeley

William Pfaff on the "Long War" (IHT)

From: John Whitbeck <jvwhitbeck@awalnet.net.sa>
To: <@awalnet.net.sa;>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 23:41:15 +0300
Subject: William Pfaff on the "Long War" (IHT)
TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is a magnificent article by Bill Pfaff, published in today's International Herald Tribune. As usual, Bill shines his bright light of reason and common sense on a world which, increasingly, seems to be run by madmen and populated overwhelmingly by easily brainwashed sheep.
As Bill and, at a less august level, I have been arguing in print since the months immediately following 9/11, so-called "terrorism", by any rational standard, is NOT a serious problem. The serious problem and genuine threat is so-called "counter-terrorism" and the totalitarian trend pursued by those in or close to power who, for their own reasons and to further their own agendas, propagate irrational fear and then purport to protect us all from a threat no more serious than peanuts and bathtubs.



International Herald Tribune


William Pfaff: A 'long war' designed to perpetuate itself



PARIS The U.S. Defense Department and the White House have decided that the United States is now conducting "the Long War" rather than what previously was known as the War against Terror, then as the Global Struggle against Violent Extremism, and briefly - as one revealing Pentagon study described it - a war against "the Universal Adversary."


President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union address last month that the aim of his administration is to defeat radical Islam. This was a preposterous statement. Shortly afterward, radical Islam began burning embassies from Afghanistan and Indonesia to Damascus and Beirut. The United States is not going to defeat that.


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