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by Ronald Bleier
Have others noticed (or is it important?) that Webster Tarpley, author of 9/11, Synthetic Terror: Made in USA (2005, 2006), one of the 9/11 inquiry movements leading lights, believes that George Bush didnt know in advance of the 9/11 terror attacks?
Tarpley also posits a rogue network operating above and beyond the White House dictating terror policy. In his newly published second edition to Synthetic Terror Tarpley writes:
It was the rogue network which sent Bush an ultimatum on 9/11 with the words: Angel is next, The meaning was: launch the war on civilization, or be liquidated. Bush speedily complied, turning the U.S. government over to the rogue network. ( p. 472)
Tarpley reiterated this theory in a talk he gave in NYC on January 15, 2006 (broadcast on NYC Community access cable Jan 24, 2006). Tarpley suggested that the reason that Bush was shunted from one military base to another before returning to Washington, D.C. on 9/11/01 was because he was threatened with execution if he didnt launch a war on civilization.
I suppose it all goes to show that everyone has his/her own individual understanding of the character of our leaders. We read into them our understanding of their temperament and personality and our own ideologies.
Nevertheless, I would have thought that Tarpleys fanciful idea of a rogue network dictating a war on civilization to Bush and threatening him with death was way too wacky for such a serious researcher.
For the record, theres no doubt in my mind that Bush himself was deeply involved in the planning and execution of the 9/11 terror events from the beginning. For one thing, theres plenty of mainstream documentation that the attack on Iraq was high on the agenda from the very minute that Bush took office in January 2001. Such an attack couldn't have taken place without 9/11. Theres also indirect evidence that the attack on Iraq was planned at least as early as Bush was still a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2000. [i]
While I understand Bush to be ignorant, insensitive, narrow minded, brutal, ruthless and sadistic, I dont believe he is stupid. In fact I think he may even be intelligent (smart enough to get higher grades at Yale than Kerry). I suspect that. like Reagan, he is an active participant in policy questions that interest him, while leaving the rest of the government to operatives like Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney.
Tarpley is one of the experts on the role of the secret government in creating policy and one might have expected from him a more sober look at their role. For example in Carl Oglesbys brilliant The Cowboy and Indian War (1977) unfortunately out of print, the author presents evidence indicating that behind Eisenhowers back, Nixon conspired with the intelligence agencies to invade Cuba and remove Castro. According to Oglesby, Eisenhower later said he knew nothing about plans for an invasion of Cuba. He thought that anti Cuban preparations that were made during his administration were merely intended as guerrilla actions. Oglesby points to one of the White House tapes where Nixon cryptically expressed concern about the possibility that his role in the invasion of Cuba might be exposed.
A nuanced view of the role of the secret government might suggest that their role varies from president to president. Had Nixon beat Kennedy in 1960, it seems a certainty that a full scale U.S. invasion of Cuba would have followed. In the event, under Kennedys leadership, the invasion turned into a fiasco, the CIA director Allen Dulles was fired, Kennedy was assassinated and Allen Dulles was named to the Warren Commission which covered up the role of the secret government.
Many have pointed to the connection between the Kennedy assassination and 9/11. Tarpley himself makes this connection as does Joan Mellon, the author of A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History . In a talk she gave in NYC in late 2005 she expressly said that the lack of accountability for the JFK assassination paved the way for two generations of dirty tricks, false flags etc., culminating in the 9/11 terror attacks.
It seems clear that some U.S. administrations, like Nixons, Reagans and George W. Bushs are much more in sympathy and work more closely with the secret government than do others. John F. Kennedy was the first and last president to openly wage war against them.
[I] See Paul ONeils book The Price of Loyalty. The former Secretary of the Treasury wrote that at the very first Cabinet meeting of the new Bush government, apropos of nothing, high on the agenda was the plan to attack Iraq.
For evidence that Bush predicted the attack Iraq while he was still a candidate, see the interview on Democracy Now where candidate Bush assured a Muslim leader in Michigan on the campaign trail in the spring of 2000 that Saddam Hussein would be removed. In addition, the neocon plan to invade Iraq was a matter of public record since the aftermath of the first Gulf War in 1991. Bushs campaign remarks are also interesting because they are evidence that he was aware that the Florida election (and doubtless others) would be rigged in his favor.
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