Bush was CIA choice for Pres

1 12 2018

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Gerald Ford was President after Nixon’s resignation and Agnew’s overthrow put him in line.  Bush headed the CIA for only one year in 1976, departing the day Carter became President on 20 Jan 1977.   That was when top CIA officials decided they were going to help him become the next President replacing Carter.   I only know a small bit of the story, but I heard it directly from the former Deputy Director of the CIA himself, Ray Cline.

I had just come to Washington and was working at what was then known as the Georgetown University Center for Strategic and International Studies, today just CSIS.   I worked directly with and was mentored by Ray Cline, then the CSIS Executive Director.   One day over lunch quite out of the blue Cline asked me what I thought about George Bush.  Actually I had little to say as I knew so little about such things back then.  Though he didn’t say it directly,  the nature and tone of the discussion was that Bush would be a great President.   Years later I realized Cline was feeling me out — someone so much younger and with such a different background from him — as Cline and his CIA circles were already positioning Bush to take over the White House.

A few years later Reagan became President with Bush his VP, and Bush got his turn in 1988.   Even today, though he actually headed the Agency for less than a year, CIA HQ is known as The George Bush Center for Intelligence.

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Why Did CIA Director Refuse

30 11 2018

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The Congress has oversight powers and responsibility for the CIA.  But the only recourse if the CIA Director refuses this oversight is to refuse to fund future operations; or to impeach; or to refuse to confirm future CIA heads unless they pledge to always appear before the appropriate Congressional Committees when summoned.

So why did the CIA Director so blatantly this week cause such a stir by refusing to testify alongside the Secretaries of Defense and State?   This one is not so complicated.   Either Ms. Haspel (Bloody Gina) would have had to blatantly defy and contradict Trump about Khashoggi and the Saudi Crown Prince; or she would have had to commit perjury that could come back to haunt her.

Now it’s up to the Congress to show what they can do about this outrageous situation.





MBS GUILTY, SAUDI INVESTIGATION ABSURD

27 11 2018

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Trump, the Israelis, and the Neocons + Evangelicals are doing everything possible to keep the Saudi Crown Prince in power.  It’s more about the alliance with Israel which MBS has championed and the scheme to bring down Iran one way or another than anything else; for arms purchases and oil would continue under the alternative Saudi leaders whom the CIA and others much prefer.

“It’s as inconceivable as inconceivable gets to think that MBS [Saudi Crown Prince] is innocent.  MBS is someone who acts recklessly, who can’t be counted on, and who is quite frankly a danger to American interests and America’s national security and to regional stability in the Middle East.” 

But opposition in Congress, the media, and even such major think-tanks as Brookings from which the quote above comes, remains and MBS is likely to remain toxic and a pariah in many places and another major false step could do him in especially with others in the Royal Family prepared to pounce.

 





Haughty Saudis threaten everyone with “Red Line” and “Will Not Tolerate”

22 11 2018

Saudi Arabia has now threatened the world that any criticism of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a “red line”.   Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that calls for the crown prince to be held accountable for the grisly killing of Jamal Khashoggi would not be tolerated.

“In Saudi Arabia our leadership is a red line. The custodian of the two holy mosques (King Salman) and the crown prince are a red line,” Jubeir has declared.

Such thinking and threats in more personal form are in fact what they did before they killed Khashoggi, sawed apart his body, dissolved his remains in acid, and spend weeks with desperate cover stories and gross deceptions extraordinarily  trying to cover up what they had done to him in order to spread even more fear and silence among all Saudis.   Now they are publicly expanding their threats to the whole world!

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Trump’s Super Worst Adviser

19 11 2018

He advised Trump:

Let me meet with Russian agents — bringing on the election collusion charges,

Fire Comey — bringing on the Justice Dept Special Counsel investigation,

Move Jerusalem Embassy — ending the already on-life-support “Peace Process” and further inflaming Arab/Muslim attitudes,

Give top secret information to Saudi Crown Prince MBS — bringing on the arrests, torture, killings, and Khashoggi scandal,

Stand by MBS and it will blow over — bringing on the CIA and Congressional investigations.

And much if not all of what he did was aided and abetted by his life-long friend, Bibi Netanyahu and his dual allegiance with Israel.

It’s long past time for Trump to cut his son-in-law loose; and/or for the incoming Congress to insist Jared Kushner testify about these matters under oath and not be allowed to hide behind “executive privilege” as he in effect has been acting as Secretary of State and taking major advice if not ordered from a foreign power.

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Trump winning in defeat

18 11 2018

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‘A sword hanging over our heads’: Trump discovers new weapon against media.  The administration is drawing up rules for White House reporters’ behavior, and the president said if journalists don’t follow them, ‘we’ll end up back in court, and we’ll win.’

So headlines POLITICO and rightly so.  Trump is taking the recent court ruling ordering reinstatement of White House press access for CNN’s Jim Acosta into a sword against all journalists.   For the first time there will be written White House “rules of conduct” for accredited journalists telling them what they can’t do.  This will in fact force them to be more on guard, submissive, cowered than ever.   And in the future, based on this week’s court ruling, the court’s are likely to say if the stated rules are violated and “due process” followed the White House can revoke credentials.





All Guilty: MBS, KBS, Kushner, Jabeir

17 11 2018

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With the Trumpees, pushed by the Israelis, desperately trying to shield their man the Saudi Crown Prince MBS from falling, the CIA has asserted it’s independence clearly fingering MBS himself as the man who gave the kill Khashoggi order and who is himself a rogue.

But MBS isn’t the only guilty party and Khashoggi is hardly the only one tortured and killed by his henchman mafia-style…not to mention what he has done to genocide Yemen and beyond that with Qatar and Syria and colluding with Israel about war on Iran.

The Saudi Ambassador in Washington, MBS’s brother KBS, the former Saudi Ambassador now Foreign Minister Jubeir, and most significantly Trump’s son-in-law Kushner who not only helped bring KBS to power but gave him top secret information about who opposed him and thus license to at least arrest, intimidate and torture, are all part of the cover-up conspiracy if not worse.    They all should now fall.