Perle’s Prequel

billion with a ‘b’) dollar secret program to aid the Afghan mujahideen in the ’80s. There is some debate about whether bin Laden and the other ‘Afghan Arabs’ who formed al Qaeda received US money or only matching funds from Saudi Arabia through this program. (The Saudi government claims to have stopped directly funding bin Laden in 1989.)

I haven’t read the book yet, and after reading a review of it on, I’ll probably borrow it rather than buy it. (If you’re not familiary with The Exile, it’s a site run by US expats in Moscow; worth checking out if you’re not too bothered by foul language, cynicism and nihilism.):

“The author, George Crile, is hopelessly infatuated with his subject, and scolds Wilson as unconvincingly as Aunt Polly dressing down Tom Sawyer. In fact, Crile loves the whole filthy DC world: every fascist spook, tyrant’s bagman and rightwing nutcase.”

Of particular interest regarding the US’s possible miscalculation in Iraq is one-note regime-change expert Richard Perle’s guest appearance.

Freedom Fighter, Terrorist, Whatever

Read this Ralph Peters op-ed on Bush getting cozy with the Turks.

Judas drove a hard bargain compared to President Bush. At least the great betrayer got 30 pieces of silver. All Bush is going to get for delivering the Kurds unto their enemies will be 10,000 Turkish troops – who will act solely in Ankara’s interests, not in the interests of Washington or the people of Iraq.

Oh, the Kurds aren’t as cute and cuddly as we’ve been led to believe? Well, that’s not exactly Peters’ complaint. You had better sit down for this.

The administration is even dishonest about Kurdish “terrorists.” The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has, indeed, engaged in terrorist actions against Turkish targets in the past. But if there ever was a case of freedom fighters using terror as a tool, it’s the PKK.

Take a minute to digest that.

(Link courtesy of my good buddy Glenn Reynolds.)

The American Spectator Responds

From Jeremy Lott:

No one has been purged. Bovard hasn’t written many articles for the Prowler
version of the website, but what he has written appears to have gone missing
in the search engine. These things happen; I’ll look into it and fix it.

On a related note: I bumped into Bovard at a party the other week and asked
him to write more regularly for the site. He said he’d like to do just that
and wondered if we could review his new book. I just got the review copy
in the mail today.

Looking forward to those new Bovard articles. By the way, his stuff has been, uh, missing from the TAS search engine for quite some time. I’ve searched several times before and found nothing. Glad to help correct this error.

War Street Journal: “Our Friends, the Serbs”?!

There’s that old canard that no press is bad press. Certainly, with everything that’s been written about them over the past decade or so, the Serbs should know that’s a lie. But sometimes “good” press is excruciatingly bad press, too. Consider an October 6 editorial by the War Street Journal (subscribers click here, the rest you will have to trust me), extolling the virtues of “better friends to America than the French.”
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