MILITARY LEADERS MUTINYING
- Military Men Who Oppose Neo-Con Warmongering Under Attack
MILITARY LEADERS MUTINYING
By Michael Piper
Issue #18 & 19, May 1 & 8, 2006
For generations, Republicans were strong supporters of the American
military. But now that top military men are in open rebellion against
the armchair civilian war hawksthe hard-line pro-Israel ideologues
who directed President George Bush to order an invasion of Iraq and
who now want war on Iranthe angriest voices condemning the military
are from GOP circles.
Following the lead of the neo-conservatives, who are viewed as
fanatics but still dominate the Bush administration and key GOP policy
groups, many GOP loyalists are declaring war on the battle-tested
generals, admirals and other military heroes who are saying, "Enough
Although none of the military men have yet said "No more wars for
Israel," their rhetoric in writings and public utterances says
Conservatives roundly denounced former Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni as an
"anti-Semite" for noting that pro-Israel neo-conservatives were the
driving force behind the Iraq war and that everybody in Washington
knew it. Zinni knew what he was talking about: he formerly commanded
all U.S. forces protecting Israel in the Middle East.
More recently, another retired Marine, Lt. Gen. Greg Newbold, former
director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in Time
that the Iraq war was "unnecessary" and that the rationale for war by
those whom he called "the zealots" made no sense. Newbold's choice of
the word "zealots" was loaded. The term arises from the legend of the
Zealotsan ancient sect of Jewish fanatics.
Newbold quit the service four months before the Iraq invasion, in
part, he said, because he opposed those who exploited the 9-11 tragedy
"to hijack our security policy"referring to the zealous neo-con
fanatics. He added:
"Until now, I have resisted speaking out in public." But, he said,
"I've been silent long enough."
What particularly disturbed Newbold's critics was that he said he was
speaking out "with the encouragement of some still in positions of
He also struck out at what he called "the distortion of intelligence
in the buildup to the war"a slam at the neo-conservatives and their
Israeli allies who shoveled up garbage, disguised as "intelligence,"
and used it to justify the war.
Newbold brandished his anger at the armchair war hawks, most of whom
never served in the military, saying, "the commitment of our forces to
this fight was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special
province of those who have never had to execute these missionsor bury
Newbold's statements received much media attention, so the neo-cons
Perhaps the most telling attack on the generals came from Stephen
Herbits, a former top executive of the Seagram liquor empire, the
fiefdom of World Jewish Congress chief Edgar Bronfman, a major patron
This longtime Bronfman henchman was appointed by Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld to make "heads roll" in the military, screening all
Pentagon promotions and appointments, implementing the agenda of
enforcing lockstep Zionist control of the American war machine.
EXAMINE THE GENERALS
Writing in the April 20 edition of the egregiously pro-Israel
Washington Times, Herbits urged the media to start to investigate
military leaders who dared to take on the administration.
Herbits said it would be "a service to this country when the media
digs a bit below these attacks to examine the generals."
Herbits is obviously calling on spy agencies such as the
Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a conduit for Israel's Mossad, to come
up with "data" on the military men and provide it to the media to
bring the dissidents into line.
But cracking the whip over the entire military will be tough. On April
18, David Broder, senior Washington Post commentator, revealed that
some months ago after he wrote of how Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.)a
former Marine colonel who served in Vietnamhad called for U.S.
withdrawal from Iraq, Broder was contacted by a Pentagon officer who
gave his name and rank and then said:
"This is a private call. I am not speaking officially. But I read your
column, and I think it is important for you to know that Jack Murtha
knows us very well and speaks for many of us."
This is no secret to those who know official Washington since Murtha
has been a leading Capitol Hill voice for the military for years. And
this is what makes pro-Israel Republican attacks on Murtha so
disingenuous: they paint Murtha as a "pacifist," "defeatist,"
"liberal" ideologue. He is anything but that.
For its own part, in an April 18 editorial, titled "The Generals'
Revolt," The Washington Post said "the rebellion is problematic" and
"threatens the essential democratic principle of military
subordination to civilian controlthe more so because a couple of the
officers claim they are speaking for some still on active duty."
That same day, a lead editor of The Washington Times Tony Blankleyan
advocate of all-out war against the Muslim worlddeclared that
generals still in service who may be planning to quit together in
protest against Bush policies may be "illegally conspiring."
Not content with accusing American military leaders of being
seditious, Blankley followed up the next day with a repetition of his
smears, calling for a court of inquiry to determine whether the
military leaders are guilty of insubordination.
Echoing Blankley, shrill pro-Israel agitator Charles Krauthammer, a
psychiatrist by profession, not a soldier, blustered on April 21 with
a column in The Washington Post crying of "The General's Dangerous
In the end, though, what's most interesting is that prior to the
explosion of reports in the mainstream media about the dissatisfied
generalsfour years after American Free Press first broke the story at
a national level, even before the invasion of Iraqthe April issue of
America's oldest and most respected magazine, Harper's, featured a
provocative cover story:
"American Coup d'Etat: Military thinkers discuss the unthinkable."
This was one month after Harper'sin another cover storycalled for
the impeachment of President Bush.
Clearly, some people in high places are not happy with the pro-Israel
internationalism of the Bush regime.
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