“The goal has never been to get Bin Laden. Obviously, that’s desirable. It’s interesting, I just read a piece by some analyst that said you may not want to go after the top people in these organizations, you may have more effect by going after the middle managers because they are harder to replace.” — General Richard Meyers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, April 6, 2002
To really get the sense of it, it pays to watch Meyers say it, which you can here. His embarrassment at being asked why he didn’t catch or kill Osama Bin Laden is palpable, and just notice how his expression changes when he derails by discussing some article he read.
Ann Coulter’s recent piece, Joe VS. The Swamp, is another great example of the Disingenuous Right. Ann Coulter, like the online “Dissident” Right, is what I’d call a second level liar. She used to be a first level liar, but she was demoted after she she watched a dozen Republican candidates during the primary debates swear their fealty to the foreign state of Israel and she tweeted out, “how many f—ing Jews do they think there are?”
I swear, sometimes I think she reads my blog, because I’m almost certain that I wrote about Barry Krischer, the Florida official who worked with Alan Dershowitz to help cover up the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell child sex trafficking and blackmail ring, getting his lifetime achievement award from the Anti-Defamation League before she mentioned it here:
Last December, Krischer was honored by the Anti-Defamation League for making “an outstanding contribution to the legal profession and to the community at large, while exemplifying the principles upon which [the ADL] was founded.” (By the way, Barry, a belated mazel tov!)
I gotta admit, I like her style! But seriously, do a search on Barry Krischer and ADL, notice which blogs come up on top. She did write about him in 2005, as he was going after Rush Limbaugh. But I’m almost certain when I heard about his connection to Jeffrey Epstein I simply did a search for Barry Krischer and ADL and posted about his award. The ADL really is an espionage organization and it really does help launder money and reputation for Jewish organized crime, the “Mishpucka” – and they have since they were founded to smear southerners for daring to prosecute a Jew for raping a murdering a non-Jewish girl. So them giving an award for Barry Krischer to help cover for Jewish child rapists like Jeffrey Epstein is just what they do.
But here is what Ann Coulter has to say about Afghanistan:
With a war that’s lasted 20 years, it’s easy to forget, but our dear “Afghan allies” weren’t oodles of help. The war would have been over and Osama bin Laden dead by Christmas 2001 — except our “Afghan allies” were bribed by Al Qaeda to let bin Laden slip out the Tora Bora mountains and into Pakistan.
Remember? It was a big point in the 2004 election, raised by both John Kerry and John Edwards during the debates.
Oh, I remember it all right, Ann. But you are lying through your teeth about it.
Sen. Kerry: “Osama bin Laden attacked us. … And when we had Osama bin Laden cornered in the mountains of Tora Bora … we didn’t use the best-trained troops in the world to go kill the world’s No. 1 criminal and terrorist. [Bush] outsourced the job to Afghan warlords, who only a week earlier had been on the other side, fighting against us. … That’s the enemy that was allowed to walk out of those mountains.”
John Kerry was lying about it, too. Bush did not “outsource” that job to Afghan warlords. In fact, the record on this is quite clear. But to say the obvious about what has been on the public record for nearly twenty years is to make yourself a “9/11 Truther” – which is apparently far more dangerous than even baiting Republicans for sucking up to Israel for Jew money (and media.)
This is what Ann Coulter, and John Kerry, are lying about. The Bush administration and the US military purposefully allowed Osama Bin Laden and the top leadership of Al Qaeda escape from Tora Bora to Pakistan in November of 2001.
“You know the fact is right now, today, we don’t have any high ranking Taliban or Al Qaeda, we haven’t really captured anybody, maybe one of two on the fringe.” — Seymour Hersh, 2001
Here is what eyewitnesses had to say, all documented in the documentary 9/11 Press For Truth, all sourced from the mainstream media in the US and the UK.
One local Afghani “businessman” had to say: “we don’t understand how they weren’t all killed the night before because they came in a convoy of at least 1,000 cars and trucks.”
This is what an unnamed “intelligence official” said to The Guardian: “The border with Pakistan was the key, but no one paid any attention to it. Al Qaeda escaped right out from under their feet.”
Here is what the CIA commander of the operation to capture or kill Bin Laden had to say in 2005:
CIA field commander for the agency’s Jawbreaker team at Tora Bora, Gary Berntsen, says he and other U.S. commanders did know that bin Laden was among the hundreds of fleeing Qaeda and Taliban members. Berntsen says he had definitive intelligence that bin Laden was holed up at Tora Bora–intelligence operatives had tracked him–and could have been caught. “He was there,” Berntsen tells NEWSWEEK. Asked to comment on Berntsen’s remarks, National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones passed on 2004 statements from former CENTCOM commander Gen. Tommy Franks. “We don’t know to this day whether Mr. bin Laden was at Tora Bora in December 2001,” Franks wrote in an Oct. 19 New York Times op-ed. “Bin Laden was never within our grasp.” Berntsen says Franks is “a great American. But he was not on the ground out there. I was.”
That backs up other recent accounts, including that of military author Sean Naylor, who calls Tora Bora a “strategic disaster” because the Pentagon refused to deploy a cordon of conventional forces to cut off escaping Qaeda and Taliban members.
I made the digression about Barry Krischer above to make the point: Ann Coulter knows all about Jewish power. But she has a job to do, and sometimes that job is to obscure that Jewish power. Her position is that of partisan bomb thrower, and part of keeping the grassroots voters on the Kosher Republican Plantation is to dog-whistle. Just like in 2007, when the online anti-war right was increasingly discussing the Israel Lobby so they sent out Curtis Yarvin to herd them away from that dangerous reality, so Ann Coulter sometimes has to discuss Jewish power in the interest of dog-whistling to the online right.
Notice how disingenuous Ann Coulter is when defending her “F— Jews” tweet:
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Coulter said the controversy was all based on a misunderstanding. She didn’t mean to say that Jews were hoarding influence in this country. Not at all. “I’m accusing Republicans of thinking the Jews have so much power. They’re the ones who are comedically acting out this play where Jews control everything,” Coulter said.
Ann Coulter knows that Jews “have so much power.” That is why she denies that is what she meant, because Jews have so much power, and she has already been demoted for sometimes coming quite close to telling the truth. She is already in the doghouse with the Israeli Jewish Republican crowd at places like Breitbart because she called “bullshit” on Donald Trump for not building the wall.
I can understand why Ann Coulter is lying about 9/11 and, in fact, doesn’t much mention her own role in smearing the families of the victims of 9/11 that feature in the documentary 9/11 Press For Truth. When the “Jersey Girls,” Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza, Lorie Van Auken, and Mindy Kleinberg, the women who had lost their husbands on 9/11 were putting serious pressure on the Bush administration for an investigation into the attacks, Coulter aided in the cover up by smearing them:
Coulter writes in a new book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” that a group of New Jersey widows whose husbands perished in the World Trade Center act “as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them.”
She also wrote, “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much.”
Coulter appeared Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show, and stuck by her stance, saying the women used their grief “to make a political point.”
Her criticism was aimed at four New Jersey women whom she dubbed “The Witches of East Brunswick,” after the town where two of them live.
They have spent the years since the 2001 terror attacks supporting an independent commission to examine government failures before the attack, and in the 2004 presidential campaign they endorsed Democrat John Kerry.
“We have been slandered. Contrary to Ms. Coulter’s statements, there was no joy in watching men that we loved burn alive. There was no happiness in telling our children that their fathers were never coming home again. We adored these men and miss them every day,” the women said.
Ann Coulter spent eight years defending the Bush administration, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and attacking 9/11 truth and anyone opposed to the war. She recently said, “I was, and remain, more pro-Afghanistan war and Iraq war than Donald Rumsfeld, but not so we could hang out for 20 years and teach them to respect transgenders.”
It’s hardly surprising that she is repeating the lie that Donald Rumsfeld made in 2001 about Tora Bora and the escape to Pakistan of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: “No one that I know connected with the United States in any way saw any such thing as a major air exodus out of Afghanistan into Pakistan.”
Of course, in the documentary, you can literally watch the TV coverage of the escape, which was widely reported on at the time. Coulter also repeats the typical right-wing lie, that the US stayed in Afghanistan for twenty years to “teach them to respect transgenders.”
In fact, Ann Coulter is simply repeating CIA propaganda from a decade ago.
Unfortunately, once we’d accomplished everything that could possibly be accomplished in Afghanistan, the war became a joint venture of the neocons and the feminists. Instead of punishing anyone who’d had a pleasant countenance upon seeing the World Trade Center collapse, our new mission became: Bring gender studies and gay rights to a Stone Age culture!
This classified CIA analysis from March outlines possible PR strategies to shore up public support in Germany and France for a continued war in Afghanistan. After the Dutch government fell on the issue of Dutch troops in Afghanistan last month, the CIA became worried that similar events could happen in the countries that post the third and fourth largest troop contingents to the ISAF mission. The proposed PR strategies focus on pressure points that have been identified within these countries. For France it is the sympathy of the public for Afghan refugees and women. For Germany it is the fear of the consequences of defeat (drugs, more refugees, terrorism) as well as for Germany’s standing in NATO. The memo is a recipe for the targeted manipulation of public opinion in two NATO ally countries, written by the CIA. It is classified as Confidential/No Foreign Nationals.
“Women’s Rights In Afghanistan” have always been nothing but “PR strategies.” Ann Coulter is similar to her fellow Disingenuous Right liar Jim Donald of Reaction.la, who spent the entire Trump administration pushing the moronic conspiracy theory that the Pentagon were secretly on Trump’s side, and they were real manly military men who would outmaneuver the soft-hearted liberals in the State Department.
It’s astonishing how dumb and gullible right-wingers are, and it really says something about their character that this sort of rhetoric works on them. Our Troops Manly Hard Headed Realists, Their Bureaucrats Soft Hearted Idealists.
Maybe Marie Harf, of “Jobs For Jihadis” fame, is a soft hearted idealist. But she was an intern they put on TV. If you think the people that actually run things in the State Department are anything other than sociopathic imperialists with a talent for lying, murder, and torture, you’re the one being naive. And if you think the Pentagon brass are in any qualitative way different than the bureaucrats at State, probably 20% of them CIA of course, well, you are stupid and gullible enough to be a right-winger.
The preponderance of the evidence is quite clear. Anyone paying attention who had a clue has known this for a long, long time. Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were allowed to leave Afghanistan and go to Pakistan, in fact, were probably assisted in doing so, because Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were creations of CIA, of Saudi intelligence, and have always acted in the interests of their creators. Just like ISIS, in fact.
As Meyers basically admitted, Al Qaeda was not meant to be captured and killed, they were meant, like ISIS, to play a role as boogeymen to keep the war – thus, the money – going on as long as possible.
The long classified “28 pages” of “the December 2002 report of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence” were finally released, and confirm a lot of what used to be called “9/11 truther conspiracy theories.”
The 28 pages state that some of the September 11 hijackers received financial support from individuals connected to the Saudi Government. FBI sources believed that at least two of those individuals were officers in the General Intelligence Presidency, the primary intelligence agency of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Intelligence Community believed that individuals associated with the Saudi Government had ties to al-Qaeda.
Plaintiffs in a 9/11 civil suit against Saudi Arabia have alleged that a November 1999 attempt by two men with longstanding ties to the Saudi government—Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi—to get inside an America West Airlines plane’s cockpit was “a dry run for the 9/11 attacks.” The FBI reportedly confirmed that the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. paid for Qudhaeein and Shalawi’s tickets to board that flight. The 28 Pages quoted a document from the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office as stating: “Phoenix FBI now believes both men were specifically attempting to test the security procedures of America West Airlines in preparation for and in furtherance of UBL [Osama bin Laden]/Al Qaeda operations.”
The Inquiry discloses that there is a very direct chain of evidence about financing and logistics… [that] goes from the Saudi Royal family (Amb. Bandar’s wife and Bandar’s checking account) and Saudi consulate employees (al Thumiari) to the agent handlers (Basnan and al Bayoumi) to some of the 9/11 hijackers (Khalid al-Mihdhar, Nawaf al-Hazmi).
In other words, Prince Bandar bin-Sultan al-Saud, known in Washington as “Bandar Bush” (for his closeness to the Bush family), and who served at that time as Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, paid tens of thousands of dollars to Saudi Arabia’s “handlers” who were directing two of the hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi. Also, one of Bandar’s subordinates at the Embassy, named al-Thumiari, was likewise paying the person who was paying and managing those two jihadists.
This has to be seen in the context of George W Bush’s very close and longstanding personal friendship with Prince Bandar, and also in the context of Bandar’s career.
Go ahead, read the whole thing. Especially if you are a right-winger. It must really, truly be humiliating for you to realize that Michael Moore was far, far closer to the truth about 9/11 than any of your favorite right-wing pundits.
The 9/11 Truthers were right, and all of the right-wingers were wrong. The soft hearted Code Pink liberals were right about the wars, and the self-proclaimed “tough” right-wingers were all wrong. Right-wingers simply have an incorrect self conception. They believe themselves to be tough minded realists, when in actuality they are gullible morons who will believe anything if it’s pitched to them with a certain emotional flavor because right-wingers can’t control their own emotions. Right-wingers are the emotionally driven girly men.
What the 9/11 Truthers have always said is now on the record, out in the open. The Saudi 9/11 hijackers were not pious Muslims, they were secular Saudi intelligence agents. They were let into the United States by the CIA. CIA director George Tenet not only knew all of their names, and not only were all of them under surveillance by George Tenet and Richard Blee, head of Alec Station, dedicated to Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, they cut off Richard Clarke’s access to intelligence about the hijackers in 2001 so neither Clark, nor anyone else, could stop 9/11.
9/11 was an inside job. Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were working for CIA, the Bush administration, and Bush’s close friend, head of Saudi intelligence Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, aka “Bandar Bush.” CIA did everything they could to make sure that the hijackings were successful. Then, the Bush administration and General Meyers made sure that Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda could escape to Pakistan.
This is all on the record, from public and mainstream sources, with hardly any ambiguity whatsoever.
Don’t expect very much truth from your favorite right-wing pundits like Ann Coulter and Tucker Carlson either. That’s part of the tactic. They use an emotional pitch that plays to right-wing male’s fragile masculinity that makes them feel “tough” and easily fall for their lies. Tucker Carlson plays the moral outrage bit no less than CNN’s Don Lemon. Just watch church lady Tucker Carlson’s melodramatic performance calling David Ray Griffin “blasphemous and sinful” for daring to suggest that the Bush administration orchestrated the attack.
This week, as the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks arrives, expect to see not just the mainstream Right, but all of the so-called “Dissident Right” not just repeat the same lies without demonstrating a shred of evidence, but more of the same emotional masturbation that right-wingers are so well known for.
If you want the truth, you will not find it on the Right. That’s the real red pill.