“Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and Morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it? … Who can doubt, that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages, which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its Virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?”
– George Washington, 1796
Matthew linked to the neocon show trial of conservative PATRIOT Act opponent Grover Norquist, that is, the FrontPageMag.com article “A Troubling Influence,” by former Reagan Defense official Frank J. Gaffney Jr. To me, the really interesting thing about this article is its illogic. For example, in his introduction to Gaffney’s piece, editor David Horowitz praises Norquist for being in the forefront of conservative efforts to get the Reagan Administration to support the mujahideen in Afghanistan, while he (Horowitz) was part of a “Communist Fifth Column network”; roles have reversed, however, and Norquist is now part of an Islamist Fifth Column network in “our war against Islamo-fascism” and Horowitz is a valiant defender of the American way. Horowitz writes:
“America is no longer protected by geographical barriers or by its unsurpassed military technologies. Today terrorists who can penetrate our borders with the help of Fifth Column networks will have access to weapons of mass destruction that can cause hundreds of thousands of American deaths.”
But, of course, US support for the mujahideen empowered bin Laden (at least through Saudi matching funds) in Afghanistan and led to US support for jihad in the Balkans. Throw in the attack-attracting guarantee of security for the Saudi monarchy and the permanent stationing of troops in Saudi Arabia and you’ve got a foreign policy mess. To then allow jihad-training, recruiting, and fundraising in the US brings the problem home. Gaffney claims that supporters of anti-American terrorism have had access to and influence upon President Bush, yet in the same article supports the PATRIOT Act, which allows the White House to imprison Americans without trial.
Gaffney and the jingo-cons must know that US government jihad-support inspired and allowed terrorist infiltration, since, in the footnotes to his FrontPageMag article, Gaffney suggests that we read US News and World Report‘s article “The Saudi Connection, which alleges that:
“U.S. intelligence officials knew about Saudi Arabia’s role in funding terrorism by 1996, yet for years Washington did almost nothing to stop it. Examining the Saudi role in terrorism, a senior intelligence analyst says, was ‘virtually taboo.’ Even after the embassy bombings in Africa, moves by counterterrorism officials to act against the Saudis were repeatedly rebuffed by senior staff at the State Department and elsewhere….
“…[I]n many of the jihad struggles, Washington was neutral, as in Kashmir, or even supportive, as in Bosnia. When Saudi money began financing jihadists headed to Chechnya, Washington responded with ‘a wink and a nod,’ as one analyst put it.
“- On the subject of Saudi ties to terrorism, the word came back: There was simply no interest. The result, says a CIA veteran, was ‘a virtual embargo.’
“- The G-men found the source of the cash curious: a Saudi charity…, which had funneled the money through the Saudi Embassy. Senior Justice Department officials expressed concerns about ‘national security,’ and the case, eventually, was dropped.
“In his recent book Sleeping With the Devil … former CIA operative Bob Baer calls it ‘Washington’s 401(k) Plan.’ ‘The Saudis put out the message,’ Baer wrote. ‘You play the game–keep your mouth shut about the kingdom–and we’ll take care of you.’ The list of beneficiaries is impressive: former cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, and CIA station chiefs. Washington lobbyists, P.R. firms, and lawyers have also supped at the Saudi table, as have nonprofits from the Kennedy Center to presidential libraries. The high-flying Carlyle Group has made fortunes doing deals with the Saudis. Among Carlyle’s top advisers have been former President George H.W. Bush; James Baker, his secretary of state; and Frank Carlucci, a former secretary of defense.
“- Official inquiries about bin Laden went unanswered by Riyadh. … [T]he CIA instructed officials at its Riyadh station not to collect intelligence on Islamic extremists–even after the bombing….
“Frustrated with Riyadh, Newcomb’s Office of Foreign Assets Control at Treasury began submitting the names of Saudi charities and businessmen for sanctions. But imposing sanctions required approval from an interagency committee, and that never came.
“- As part of a still-classified report, he wrote a cable instructing U.S. ambassadors to insist that host governments crack down on the groups. But some at State argued that the charities were doing important work and fought to kill Sheehan’s initiative. The cable was deep-sixed.
“- At the Saudi High Commission in Bosnia, which coordinated local aid among Saudi charities, police found before-and-after photos of the World Trade Center, files on pesticides and crop dusters, and information on how to counterfeit State Department badges.
“- For two years, investigators have followed the money to offshore trusts and obscure charities which … they believe are tied to Hamas, al Qaeda, and other terrorist groups. To date, no groups have been indicted.”
This is the government that Gaffney and the anti-Saudi anti-Islamofascists encourage to undermine the Constitution and ignore the foreign policy advice of the founding fathers. This is the government that they support when it overthrows a Muslim-majority secular state and places a Saudi agent in charge of negotiations involving tens of billions of dollars of its wealth.