Saturday :: Dec 18, 2004

The Military and Intelligence

by soccerdad

An article in the NYTimes by way of Steven Clemons

Does everyone remember our favorite Christian soldier Lt. General William "Jerry" Boykin?

As a refresher here are some of his more well know quotes:

Discussing the battle against a Muslim warlord in Somalia, Boykin told another audience, "I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol."

. ".. .the former commander and 13-year veteran of the Army's top-secret Delta Force is also an outspoken evangelical Christian who appeared in dress uniform and polished jump boots before a religious group in Oregon in June to declare that radical Islamists hated the United States "because we're a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christian. . .and the enemy is a guy named Satan."

On at least one occasion, in Sandy, Ore., in June, Boykin said of President Bush: "He's in the White House because God put him there."

So whats our general been up to? Currently he is Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. His new plan is to greatly expand the role of the Pentagon in intelligence gathering including commencing combat operations for the purpose of gathering intelligence. They called it "fighting for intelligence". Under the proposal, the special forces would be given a bigger role in covert operations.

Now there is a certain logic to it in that it would tend to make any information more readily available to the people in the field. However, the possibility for abuse seems significant to me. In the run up to war when Bush was not getting the information he needed from the CIA, the Office of Special Operations was set up in the Pentagon under Douglas Feith. It was this office that funneled the bad intelligence from the exiles including Chalabi directly to Bush and Cheney bypassing the CIA. The blurring of the line between the military and intelligence, given the lack of ethics and morality by these players should be a cause for alarm. Then on top of this you now have a fully politicized CIA. So gathering intelligence that will support the Presidents agenda should be no problem. So if the neocons want to take us into Syria, Iran, N Korea, etc., it will be no problem to "justify" the excursion. And given that our policies are now executed unilaterally, voila, instant war.

soccerdad :: 6:15 PM :: Comments (2) :: Digg It!