Pollardites in the Pentagon?
Patrick J. Buchanan
September 8 2004
In 1987, Jonathan Pollard, U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was
imprisoned for life for selling a roomful of U.S. secret documents to
Israel. Tel Aviv refused to return them. At the Clinton-Netanyahu
summit at Wye River, Pollard became a subject of contention.
"Bibi" Netanyahu wanted to fly the American traitor back to Israel
where he is a hero. Clinton balked. CIA's George Tenet would resign,
Clinton told Netanyahu, if he pardoned Pollard.
This history is recalled for a reason. Washington today is rife with
reports the FBI has been investigating whether or not a nest of
Pollardites inside the Pentagon has been funneling secrets, through
the Israeli lobby AIPAC, to the Reno Road embassy and on to Sharon.
Suspected mole Larry Franklin, a Pentagon Iranian analyst, was
reportedly sighted trying to hand over to an AIPAC official a draft
copy of a National Security Presidential Directive on Iran. With the
mullahs apparently pursuing atomic bombs, Israel wants the United
States to attack, denuclearize and bring down its No. 1 enemy, the
regime in Tehran.
Franklin popped up on FBI radar when he joined a breakfast meeting
between an AIPAC man and an Israeli diplomat. AIPAC had been under
FBI surveillance for over two years as a probable conduit to Israel
of the fruits of espionage against the United States. Franklin, a
devout Catholic and hawk on Iran, is now said to be cooperating with
the FBI. His boss, William Luti, is the deputy to the Pentagon's No.
3, Douglas Feith, who has close ties to Likud.
According to the Washington Post, the FBI is now interviewing present
and ex-officials from Cheney's office and the Pentagon as to whether
Feith, Richard Perle, David Wurmser and Paul Wolfowitz might have
leaked U.S. security secrets to Israel, AIPAC or Ahmed Chalabi.
Chalabi, once the Pentagon's candidate to succeed Saddam, has lately
fallen from favor. Reportedly, he was caught telling Iran's
intelligence station chief in Baghdad that friends in the Pentagon
informed him they had broken Iran's code and were listening in on
Iran's secret communications between Baghdad and Tehran.
AIPAC and the Israelis deny any spying. Cooperation between the Bush
and Sharon governments is so close, they insist, there is no need to
commit espionage or thieve U.S. documents. Perhaps, but the men
about whom the FBI is inquiring have old, deep and questionable ties
to Israel and the Likud Party of Ariel Sharon. [And don't forget,
Jewish supremists routinely lie to non-Jews and other Jews as well.]
In 1970, Perle was picked up on an FBI wiretap discussing NSC
secrets with the Israeli Embassy. In 1981, as assistant secretary of
defense, Perle got a top-secret security clearance for his chosen
deputy Stephen Bryen, who is said to have narrowly eluded indictment
for offering top-secret documents to Mossad's man in Washington.
In 1982, Feith was the object of an inquiry as to whether he had
given secret documents to the Israeli Embassy. Fired from the NSC, he
was hired by Perle. Feith left the Pentagon in 1986 to form a law
firm - in Israel. Hired by Rumsfeld in 2001, Feith set up the Office
of Special Plans, which cherry-picked the intelligence to the White
House that turned out to be false, but facilitated the war on Iraq.
In 1996, Perle, Feith and Wurmser co-authored a paper for
Netanyahu calling for ditching Oslo, reoccupying the West Bank and
overthrowing Saddam as "an important Israeli strategic objective."
In 1998, Wolfowitz and Perle signed an open letter from the
neoconservative front group PNAC to Clinton, urging him to ditch
diplomacy and wage war on Iraq, and pledging their full support.
On Jan. 1, 2001, eight months before 9-11, Wurmser, at AEI,
called for joint U.S.-Israeli air strikes on Iraq, Iran, Syria and
According to White House anti-terror chief Richard Clarke,
Wolfowitz, in April 2001, wanted Osama put on a back burner and for
us to go after Iraq. In the first hours after 9-11, according to Bob
Woodward and Clarke, Wolfowitz wanted Iraq invaded, not Afghanistan.
For his role in steering us into war, Wolfowitz was named Man of the
Year by the Jerusalem Post.
In my new book, "Where the Right Went Wrong," there is a line that
now appears prophetic: "America needs a Middle East policy made in
the USA, not in Tel Aviv, or at AIPAC or AEI."
Having promised him a cakewalk to Baghdad and a rose garden
thereafter, neoconservatives misled President Bush. He should have
fired the lot of them. Having failed to do so, he ought now, in his
own interests, as well as our nation's, name Patrick "Bulldog"
Fitzgerald, now heading up the investigation into the Valerie Plame
leak, to head up the investigation of Israeli espionage, and
possible treason, against the United States.
If there has been a recurrence of Pollardism at the Pentagon, we
need to know and the president needs to act, as Truman did not with
Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White.
© 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
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