Whitaker's Current Articles April 24, 2004
April 24, 2004 --
Damn It, Cut Off the Water!
April 24, 2004 -- The
Subtle Approach to Making Intelligence Agencies Share Information
April 24, 2004 --Another
Reader Makes Me Think
April 24, 2004 -- A
Man With A Memory Looks at Iraq
April 24, 2004 -- McCain
and the "Christian" Right
A "street smart" person is a hothouse plant who thinks he's a
cactus. He survives in the most artificial environment on earth,
the streets, but he thinks he knows how to deal with reality. If he lives long enough he will die in a stinking
"Street smart" is one variety of what I call Shrewd.
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Damn it, Cut Off the Water!
I have never before
used a curse word in WOL, and I don't plan to do it again. But this
is an infuriated cry from the heart.
Both the pro-war
neo-cons and the anti-war left are horrible people. Liberals are not
anti-war. They are anti-American and therefore pro-UN and
pro-France. I hope those two groups eat each other alive.
The real war is
not in Iraq. It is here in America.
But when it comes
to sending our troops to fight, I have a short fuse.
First, our soldiers
are in there in combat but they are supposed to worry about mosques.
To hell with
mosques or churches or Buddhist temples. On the battle ground, you
fight everywhere. If the enemy is in there, you blow the place to
Kingdom Come without hesitation.
Or you get the
There is a truce
for some kind
of negotiation going on about things like the mosques as
sanctuaries. Only Americans are observing it because we think that
will charm Iraqis.
But we are now
being told by the bureaucrats in uniform that the minute the truce
ends we are sending in American troops to take the cities the other
Troops will have to
be sent to fight in the streets because we won't just cut off the
water supply to the cities.
That wouldn't be
So some American
troops get killed. So what?
with the stars on their shoulders tell us that cutting off the water
would seriously inconvenience innocent Iraqis in those cities.
So cutting off the
water would lose the real battle, which is for the hearts and minds
of the Vietnamese.... sorry, I mean the Iraqi, people.
Subtle Approach to Making Intelligence Agencies Share Information
I have spent many
years knee deep in intelligence work.
On Capitol Hill, my
boss was Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee. Under
Reagan, one of my areas of responsibility was all civilian clearances in the entire
Federal civil service.
Before I got to
Capitol Hill, there are many blank spaces in my resume.
So let me address
the Deep and Intractable Question everybody brings up when they
discuss what happened on September 11, 2001:
"How can we get the
FBI, the CIA, and other agencies to share information?"
Let me tell you how
you do that.
The FBI knew the
names of the terrorists who got on the planes to attack the Pentagon
and the World Trade Center.
They did not tell the Federal Aviation Administration about those
That got three
thousand people killed.
That is criminal
got three thousand people killed.
The difference between stupidity and criminal negligence is luck.
If you drive drunk and don't get caught at it, you did something
stupid. But if you smash into another car and kill somebody, you
go to prison for criminal negligence.
When the FBI and CIA don't share information, it is bureaucratic
games as usual, stupid, childish, unprofessional and unpatriotic.
But when that business as usual, stupidity, childishness and lack
of patriotism causes three thousand deaths, it is a criminal
That is the rule every driver must live by. That is the rule
intelligence agency bureaucrats must be made to live by.
Rule One: Someone
has to go prison for that. The only question is who.
The buddy system in intelligence would break down fast as went down
the list of possibly responsible people: this is your area, so if
you don't go to jail, who will? Believe me, once you declare that, bureaucrats inside the FBI will
tell you all about what happened.
Someone goes to
prison. From there on, you will get that cooperation everybody
says is so complicated because of the "culture" of the agencies.
From the time that
person goes to prison, you will be amazed how well all the agencies
will be sharing information.
That is the only
way to do get intelligence agencies to share information.
There is no
other way to get intelligence agencies to share information.
Another Reader Makes Me Think
A WOL reader
reminded me that the Iraqis look upon us as occupying their
He compared Iraq to the situation in the movie, "Red Dawn"
when the Soviets were occupying America:
I watched "Red Dawn.". It was Patrick Swayze's first public exposure.
I was very upset that, in the movie, they kept playing "John
Brown's Body" as the Resistance Song.
That is an anti-South hate song.
I was in DC when Reagan was inaugurated, and I wrote an article
in the Southern Partisan bitching
about that song being
played at Reagan celebrations. Thurmond's office read my article and
stopped at once.
I am a real SOB, but I am a very effective SOB.
Back to your point.
We ARE occupying Iraq.
Even on September 11, 2001, I made it clear that I understood
a lot about the Arab's point of view:
11, 2001 - MY ARAB SYMPATHIES
If I were an Arab,
want the Americans out of my heartland.
So why don't we get out? Bush
and Kerry agree we will be there for many years, all for the
good of the Iraqis, of course.
The so-called Iraqi nation is a joke. It is cobbled-together province of the old
Empire. You know that.
Iraq is a
multi-ethnic state. All multi-ethnic states end up with an
authoritarian ruler to hold them together.
Yugoslavia was doomed the minute Tito died. Iraq will have
another Sadam or it will come apart.
America demands that Iraq be free and united. Where did
this nutcase idea come from?
A Man With A Memory Looks at Iraq
agreed to forget that a few years back, French judges on the
Olympic Committee took bribes for their votes.
There was a
UN-administered program which made an exception to the UN
boycott on Iraq. The UN was to accept the sale of Iraqi oil in
international markets if the money was used for food and
medicine.. Saddam pocketed part of the money and the rest as
used to bribe UN officials. The children in Iraq starved and
went without medicine.
The UN is a third world
government without any pretensions to respect from anybody.
The Security Council and NATO
decided that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction.
The Great Diplomat, Colin Powell had the Europeans lined up to
take action when he went to Paris. They screwed him to the
Colin Powell is
a Rockefeller Republican who has never been right about
anything. But heís black and he was a general, so respectable
conservatives worship him.
So last year,
with American troops on the ground to attack Iraq, Europeans
played games. They are silly little people.
So the United
States attacked, alleging weapons of mass destruction. The UN
had said the same thing.
There are no
weapons of mass destruction. Our job is over in Iraq.
So where did
all this crap about giving Iraq a democracy come from?
know the answer to that, though nobody says it. We
didn't find WMD's. Now Bush wants
some reason for his invasion, so now we are there to impose
Liberals want to
impose their form of "democracy" on everybody. So they
can't laugh outright at the new Bush's new New World Order.
say we fought this war for the Israeli lobby. So they said
we were fighting for cheap oil. Nothing liberals say ever
works out. Oil prices are skyrocketing.
So will anybody
ever ask where the hell this business of making the so-called
"nation of Iraq" a democracy
Of course not.
McCain and the "Christian" Right
Senator John McCain was mentioned as a possible vice
presidential candidate with John Kerry he indicated he
might accept it. That caused a some surprise among conservatives.
I can't see
why. McCain was elected as a conservative Republican, but
he carries liberal water for them all the time. He
says he is against gun control, but he has joined with liberals
in fighting for as much gun control as they can get right now.
conservatives do the same thing for liberals. The British
Broadcasting Company recently bragged that there would not be a
single fair-haired, blue-eyed, fair skinned person on earth in
two hundred years. But to achieve this goal, the left needs to
get non-whites into areas which are at present almost
impenetrable for them.
of East Tennessee
and Western North Carolina contain huge pockets of white
people. So "Christian" conservatives have begun a massive
campaign to get families in those areas to adopt children from
the third world. Like McCain, "Christian" conservatives can do
things for the left that the left cannot do for itself.
If you want to
make your living as a Conservative Spokesman, you must be
declared "respectable" by the liberal-dominated media.
has a price, and the conservatives who call themselves
Christians, like John McCain, are eager to pay it.