Drapes of Wrath
By MAUREEN DOWD
The new Democratic sweep conjures up an ancient image: Furies swooping down to punish bullies.
Angry winged goddesses with dog heads, serpent hair and blood eyes, unmoved by tears, prayer, sacrifice or nasty campaign ads, avenging offenses by insolent transgressors.
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A Visual Chronicler of Humanity's Underbelly, Draped in a Pelt of Perversity
In Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novel about humiliation and marble-white flesh, “Venus in Furs,” a seductress named Wanda taunts the man who would be her slave, “And so now fur arouses your bizarre fantasies?” Impatient for the inevitable answer (yes, and how), Wanda begins “coquettishly draping herself in her splendid fur, so that the dark, shiny sables flashed delightfully around her breasts, her arms.” From such turgid lust and swollen prose a perversion is born, as well as a slow-burn Velvet Underground song.( Collapse )
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Editor’s Note: Part 2 of our series about the "Original October Surprise" of 1980 focuses on the role of banker David Rockefeller and his collaboration with Republicans during the Iranian hostage crisis, which doomed Jimmy Carter's presidency and helped open the door to the modern era of GOP dominance.
To read the first part of the series, dealing with the inept investigative work of Indiana Democrat Lee Hamilton, click here. The series is adapted from Robert Parry’s Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq:
On March 23, 1979, late on a Friday afternoon, Chase Manhattan Bank Chairman David Rockefeller and his longtime aide Joseph Verner Reed arrived at a town house in the exclusive Beekham Place neighborhood on New York’s East Side. They were met inside by a small, intense and deeply worried woman who had seen her life turned upside down in the last two months.
Iran’s Princess Ashraf, the strong-willed twin sister of the Iran’s long-time ruler, had gone from wielding immense behind-the-scenes clout in the ancient nation of Persia to living in exile – albeit a luxurious one. With hostile Islamic fundamentalists running her homeland, Ashraf also was troubled by the plight of her ailing brother, the ousted Shah of Iran, who had fled into exile, first to Egypt and then Morocco.( Collapse )
The Israeli government was another deeply interested player in the Iran crisis. For decades, Israel had cultivated covert ties with the Shah’s regime as part of a Periphery Strategy of forming alliances with non-Arab states in the region to prevent Israel’s Arab enemies from focusing all their might against Israel.
Though losing an ally when the Shah fell and offended by the anti-Israeli rhetoric from the Khomeini regime, Israel had gone about quietly rebuilding relations with the Iranian government. One of the young Israeli intelligence agents assigned to this task was an Iranian-born Jew named Ari Ben-Menashe, who had immigrated to Israel as a teen-ager and was valuable because he spoke fluent Farsi and still had friends in Iran, some of whom were rising within the new revolutionary bureaucracy.( Collapse )
Follow the Money
An intimidating array of individuals and forces wanted President Carter ousted from the White House in 1980. Some were driven by ambition; others by money; and still others by revenge. Together, they were over-powering.
Newly revealed documents, meant to stay hidden from the public, now show the interlocking relationships that operated behind the facade of American democracy: a chilling chapter of the October Surprise X-Files
- October Surprise X-Files (Part 4): The Money Trail
WASHINGTON -- It was the start of winter, December 21, 1992, but the mild Washington weather was still like fall. In a secure conference room, a senior CIA Middle East specialist sat down to give a classified deposition to a special House task force investigating the October Surprise controversy.
The task force had already drafted its report, which firmly rejected allegations that the Reagan-Bush campaign sabotaged President Carter's Iran hostage talks in 1980. The distinguished gray-haired CIA man, Charles G. Cogan, had been called to tie down a loose end or two.
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By Robert Parry
September 21, 2006
Below are documents that I uncovered in late 1994 and early 1995 from files left behind by a House investigation into the so-called "October Surprise" mystery -- whether George H.W. Bush and other Republicans in 1980 negotiated with Iranian officials to delay the release of U.S. hostages then held by militants in Iran. The 444-day crisis destroyed President Jimmy Carter's hopes for reelection.
Along with the actual documents, you will find links to Consortiumnews.com stories that explain the context and significance of the records, which have never been officially released to the American public. (For the background on my finding the records, go to "The Ladies Room Secrets"; for the fullest historical account of the October Surprise mystery, see my 2004 book, Secrecy & Privilege.)
The Russian 'October Surprise' Report: Click here for the text of the secret Russian report to the U.S. House of Representatives about the October Surprise controversy or click here for the full cable from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, including the embassy's preamble; for stories explaining the significance, go to "The Russian Report" (the first article ever posted at this Web site) or "Russia's Prime Minister & the October Surprise."
Richard Allen's Notes on George H.W. Bush's Phone Call: Click here for document; for stories on its significance, go to "Bush & a CIA Power Play" or "Richard Allen's Notes on Bush 'October Surprise' Call."
FBI Notes on Aide to David Rockefeller: Click here for the text of the notes by FBI agent Harry Penich or click here for the actual handwritten notes; for stories on significance, go to "Follow the Money" or "David Rockefeller & the October Surprise Case."
Rockefeller & the Visitor Log: Click here for the Reagan-Bush visitor log documenting David Rockefeller's visit to William Casey; for stories on significance, go to "Follow the Money" or "David Rockefeller & the October Surprise Case."
Deleted Sections of House Report: Click here to see secret sections of the House task force report that were deleted from the public version, thus obscuring the role of neoconservative operative Michael Ledeen and others; for stories on significance, go to "Bush & a CIA Power Play" or "A Lawyer & National Security Cover-ups."
Haig on Saddam's "Green Light": Click here to see Secretary of State Alexander Haig's "top secret" report to President Ronald Reagan on the alleged "green light" given to Iraq's Saddam Hussein to invade Iran in 1980; for stories on its significance, go to "Saddam's 'Green Light'" or "Missing U.S.-Iraq History."
For why this history is relevant again today, see "The Bushes & the Truth About Iran."
In One Word: MASSACRE!
"THANK GOD for the American elections," our ministers and generals
sighed with relief.
They were not rejoicing at the kick that the American people delivered
to George W. Bush's ass this week. They love Bush, after all.
But more important than the humbling of Bush is the fact that the news
from America pushed aside the terrible reports from Beit Hanoun. Instead
of making the headlines, they were relegated to the bottom of the page.
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© Keeley 2005 Sifnos Island