miercuri, 14 aprilie 2010

Lawrence Wilkerson. Un caracter tare

L-am mai evocat. Lawrence Wilkerson, ex-lt.col. în armata SUA, prieten de-o viaţă cu Colin Powell, căruia i-a fost şi director de cabinet la Departamentul de Stat, în ceea ce a reprezentat - aşa văd lucrurile astăzi - bizarul şi inimaginabilul marş al lui Powell alături de gaşca de neoconservatori ce pusese stăpânire pe America în anul 2000.

Ieşind din armată şi administraţie, Wilkerson s-a convertit într-unul din cei mai plini de ferocitate critici ai neoconilor, în tot ce a însemnat, printre altele, "distracţia" torturilor de la Guantanamo, iniţiată cu inconştienţă criminală de Dick Cheney.

O recentă mărturie a lui Wilkerson despre Cheney, pe blogul lui Steve Clemons, Washington Note:

"In addition, it has never come to my attention in any persuasive way--from classified information or otherwise--that any intelligence of significance was gained from any of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay other than from the handful of undisputed ring leaders and their companions, clearly no more than a dozen or two of the detainees, and even their alleged contribution of hard, actionable intelligence is intensely disputed in the relevant communities such as intelligence and law enforcement. This is perhaps the most astounding truth of all, carefully masked by men such as Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Cheney in their loud rhetoric--continuing even now in the case of Cheney--about future attacks thwarted, resurgent terrorists, the indisputable need for torture and harsh interrogation and for secret prisons and places such as GITMO."

"Cheney went on to say in his McLean interview that "Protecting the country's security is a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business. These are evil people and we are not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek." I have to agree but the other way around. Cheney and his like are the evil people and we certainly are not going to prevail in the struggle with radical religion if we listen to people such as he."


"But al-Qa'ida will be back. Iraq, GITMO, Abu Ghraib, heavily-biased U.S. support for Israel, and a host of other strategic errors have insured al-Qa'ida's resilience, staying power and motivation. How we deal with the future attacks of this organization and its cohorts could well seal our fate, for good or bad. Osama bin Laden and his brain trust, Aman al-Zawahiri, are counting on us to produce the bad. With people such as Cheney assisting them, they are far more likely to succeed."

Cine e Steve Clemons? Aflaţi la http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Clemons

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