The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects Part 5: Robert Gates

Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2009-06-04 22:32:35 -0400. -- GH

There are several commonalities amongst The Usual Suspects.  Many of them served under Scoop Jackson.  Many of them were investigated for spying for Israeli intelligence. and nearly all of them were involved up to their necks in the Iran-Contra Affair.  Robert Gates falls into that latter category.  But he was involved in more than just that.  Like the most recent White House, he was extensively involved in "massaging intelligence" in order to support a political stance, not the real facts on the ground.  Oh, and he was involved in the October Surprise as well.

More on Robert Gates, a man who still serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States, after the fold.

The Usual Suspects Part 2: Michael Ledeen

The first part in this series, covering Richard Perle, can be found here.

In the second installment of The Usual Suspects series, I will explore the role of Michael Ledeen, aka Kayser Soze, in American and international affairs.  Michael Ledeen has been called the driving philosophical force behind the neoconservative movement.  Amongst his more infamous quotes are

The Usual Suspects Part 1: Richard Perle, Prince of Darkness

A few years ago Greyhawk asked me to post my Usual Suspects series on this website.  I never got to it.  Now, I'm extending the series and figured better late than never.  So here is part one of The Usual Suspects:

This is the first installment of a series of articles in which I will introduce you to the cast of characters that pull most of the strings behind the neocon movement, The Usual Suspects.  This group has had a long and sordid history of criminal activity and have shown a propensity for sacrificing U.S. national security for their own agendas.

Today, I will introduce you to an infamous figure many of you already know:  Richard Perle, the Prince of Darkness.

Perle served as an assistant Secretary of Defense for the Reagan administration and on the Defense Policy Board Adisory Committee from 1987 to 2004.  He was Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2003 under the Bush Administration.

 Perle is a member of the Project for the New American Century, (PNAC), the Hudson Institute and is a resident fellow  on the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also a disciple of the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). You will be hearing those organizations quite often in this series, but let me point out now that Nitze, who founded the SAIS in 1944, was a former investment banker for a company that floated loans for the Third Reich.  It was Nitze who wrote NSC Memorandum 68 which was the policy basis for the Cold War and led to the establishment of our never ending war economy. This document asserted, for the first time in U.S. history, a U.S. claim on any economic and social resources anywhere in the world.

Back when Gates was a "shoot first crazy neocon".

promoted by roxy - originally published 2008-11-26 09:27:19 -1000. Discussion?

Well, well, it seems the first blush is wearing off on the Obama honeymoon.  People are getting up in arms over some of his recent appointments.  While others are trying to defend his choices by saying that:

He is keeping his word to us by keeping Gates.  This is what "new politics" looks like."

Which is to say it looks disturbingly much like the old politics.  You know, the politics that Kos wrote about when he said:

"Oh boy. Robert Gates, Bush's choice to replace Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, is another shoot first crazy neocon"