Michael Scheuer


Michael Scheuer, 22-year veteran of the CIA and former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, discusses the First Amendment’s non-universality as recently evidenced in Afghanistan – yet another reminder of the dangers in foreign occupations; the choice confronting Americans: pursue the same foreign policy and get endless war or step back and let Islamic countries fight amongst themselves and against Israel; why the current system of government is pointless, so long as it fails to put US interests first; UN Ambassador Susan Rice, President Obama and other “true believers” in spreading secular democracy at gunpoint; using the conflicts in Syria and Bahrain to provoke Iran militarily, and get the US into a backdoor war; and the 21st century imperialism redux that has the US, Britain and France bombing Libya.

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Michael Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit. He is the author of Osama Bin Laden, Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq and Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror.

Scheuer has a website and writes for The Diplomat and Antiwar.com.

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    1. I should say it is the reverse of that. Despite all the froth and spectaculars, the fact is that political Islamists have always been essentially pro-West. Even on the rare occasions that they attack the West head on, it is because it isn't being 'Western' enough for them. Consistently, Western governments recruit political Islamists as their proxies in Muslim countries, while professing 'worry' that they may turn out to be slightly more right- wing than is absolutely necessary. Gaddafi, obviously, had no time for political Islamists, and they are now prominent among the so-called 'rebels'. And some of them were recruited by MI6 (via the Quilliam Foundation's Noman Benotman, what a bizarre pseudonym that is); some were recruited by the CIA (via Khalifa Hifter and others), and some were probably recruited by France (though France seems more interested in recruiting ex cabinet ministers and businessmen). So whatever it is, it is not 'a crusade against the Qur'an'.

  1. The real problem: Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-resigned because the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first strike capability and wrote First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy For Nuclear War and Nuclear Empire (ch. 9 on anti-submarine warfare). Bob Aldridge wrote on the missiles to be deployed on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and in Romania and Poland by 2015: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 can hit within 30 meters of the target and that´s enough to destroy a missile silo. According to Professor Paul Rogers the warheads on Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 are designed to minimize nuclear winter effects when used against missile silos. The Russian countermove will be Launch On Warning and Nuclear War may happen by mistake/accident because the Pentagon aims to achieve an unanswerable first-strike capability.
    For that reason Brigadier Harbottle stated, "Bloody fools in the Pentagon !".

  2. "There is no difference between Democrats and Republicans.They want wars to spread democracy, and we somehow need to stop that." says 22 year CIA vet Michael Scheuer. I agree " the current system of government is pointless, so long as it fails to put US interests first. "

  3. Scott, don't be naive. There is lots of evidence that lots of Americans want to exterminate the Muslims. Listen to the religious right, to preachers like Rod Parsley.

  4. I have long respected the analysis and well-informed articulation of Michael Scheuer. I believe much of what constitutes the administration's so-called 'war on terror' is in reality a war for the exploitation of and for resource domination. The second priority for the U.S. is to limit competition for those resources through acquisition and projection of the military by securing exclusive basing rights around the globe.

    Regards Israel, Mr. Scheuer is quite right. We should stop providing Israel with a blank check. We protect their interests ahead of our own. Palestine, for example, is the number-one bone of contention in the Islamic world, and one which blames the U.S. for its uncritical support of Israel. Settle this problem justly, and terrorism goes away.

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