Saturday, August 20, 2005

Village Voice on Feith

Juan Cole pulls out a great quote regarding Douglas Feith from the Village Voice:

US foreign policy supports the withdrawal of Israeli colonizers from the Palestinian Gaza Strip. But the outgoing number 3 man at the Pentagon, the son of a founder of the proto-fascist Likud Party, has his own foreign policy and fanatically favors the aggressive expansion of Israel and further expropriation of Palestinian property. It is shameful that he is only now resigning, since he has all along opposed the roadmap to peace of the Bush administration. And while others might have had complex motives for taking out Saddam, the reams of disinformation that issued from Feith's "Office of Special Plans" are easily explained. He saw the Baath regime as a brake on his hopes for a "Greater Israel." As number 3 in the US Department of Defense, moroever, it is hard to see how he could have been insulated from the decisions that led to the torture of Arab prisoners.

If France appointed Jean-Marie LePen as its number 3 in the Ministry of Defense, there would be howls of outrage from the international community. But Feith's commitment to colonizing Palestinians is just as racist a project as any of LePen's programs. If any other American bureaucrat had dared to maintain that it is perfectly all right for one country to colonize another, he would have been considered poison in Washington. But the Likudniks have made themselves respectable in ways that are mysterious to those of us outside the beltway.

Will they call the Village Voice anti-Semitic now?

Village Voice


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Conason.

Indeed, Horton says that the JAG officers specifically warned him that Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith...had significantly weakened the military's rules and regulations governing prisoners of war. The officers told Horton that Feith and the Defense Department's general counsel, William J. Haynes II, were creating "an atmosphere of legal ambiguity" that would allow mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

8/21/2005 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Antisemitic? Maybe. Grasping at straws? Definitely.

Juan Cole and others have long insisted that the country's policy was being dictated by "neocon Likudniks" who refused to cede an inch of the territories Israel occupied after the Arab's infamous six day dive in the desert.

As Juan et al. are ranting, Israel, under pressure from the U.S., is withdrawing from Gaza, putting a final end to the dreams of "Greater Israel."

So what do these morons do? They find a FORMER administration official, insisting that he was reponsible for delaying any such action.

To tar the man, they cite the ties of his family and business associates.

If Feith was, in fact, wedded to the idea of Greater Israel, he was a dissenting voice in the administration who LOST the policy debate.

But it's highly questionable that Feith was even devoted to Greater Israel. The last we saw of Feith, he and Paul Wolfowitz were slapping Israel with the most severe American sanctions EVER, due to its weapons deal with China (even though it was merely maintaining equipment from a years old deal, and not providing it with new technology).

"Neocon Likudnik" indeed.

The fact that Cole et al can't find anything else to gripe about shows how desparate they are.

8/22/2005 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on neocon liar and unindicted war criminal, Douglas Feith from the Village Voice.

Does Feith have divided loyalties? That's a common allegation leveled against those neocons and others who seem to put Israel's interests before those of the United States. It's clear, though, that Feith doesn't. His loyalty belongs to Israel and to its extremist politicians like Bibi Netanyahu, for whom he was an adviser.

Maybe the details of Feith's loyalties will emerge in the unfolding of the AIPAC spy scandal. One of Feith's direct subordinates, Larry Franklin, has already been charged with leaking U.S. secrets to Israel, and two major AIPAC officials (fired only after the scandal broke) have also been indicted.

8/22/2005 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who ignore the past are condemned to repeat it. Never again!

James Petras

The Pentagon s main source of intelligence and propaganda for the invasion and occupation of Iraq was in part derived from the Office of Specials Plans (OSP) and Counter-terrorism Evaluation Group established by ultra-Zionist Douglas Feith, Undersecretary of Defense (third in the Pentagon hierarchy) with strong support from Wolfowitz, Abrams and Rumsfeld. Feith put fellow Zionist, Abram Shulsky in charge of OSP. The Special Group bypassed normal CIA and military intelligence agencies and secured its own intelligence prior to the war and was involved in securing intelligence during the first stages of the occupation (before it was dismantled). As the Iraqi resistance increased its effectiveness and the US justification for the war (weapons of mass destruction) was proven to be a total fabrication of the Special Group, the top echelon of the Pentagon, Rumsfeld and the Zionists grew desperate they collectively passed the orders to intensify and extend torture to all Iraqi suspects in all the prisons. It is a gross simplification to say that the line of command was limited to Rumsfeld, when Wolfowitz, Feith and Abrams were also intimately involved in everyday policies prosecuting the war, defending the occupation and controlling intelligence.

Even more than Rumsfeld, the Zionist zealots in the Pentagon were the most ardent promoters of introducing Israeli methods of torturing and humiliating Arab suspects, lauding Israeli successes in dealing with the Arabs . They, not military intelligence, promoted the use of Israeli experts in interrogation; they encouraged Israeli led seminars in urban warfare and interrogation techniques for the US military intelligence officers and private contractors.

Nothing about the responsibility of the Pentagon Zionists in the torture of Iraqis appears in Hersh s expose . The glaring omissions are deliberate as they are obvious form a systematic pattern and serve the purpose of exonerating the Pentagon Zionists and Israel and hanging the entire responsibility for war crimes on Rumsfeld.

8/22/2005 07:47:00 PM  

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