Posts Tagged ‘CIA’

Christopher Lee

March 26, 2013

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CIA Controls Arms To Syria Rebels. A Very Dangerous Game For Team Obama

23 March 2013

Hear the one about President Obama not wanting to get too involved in the Syria thing? Good. Now try this: hear the one about President Obama being very much involved in the Syria thing like helping to move weapons into the rebels?

Cannot be true?  Why only last week the British Foreign Minister, William Hague who is almost on first names terms with the US Secretary of State John Kerry (Mr Kerry, to Hague) was putting it around that he was sad that an EU arms embargo was stopping right thinking people shifting weapons into rebel hands.

 

Seems Mr Kerry forgot to mention that the CIA has been directly involved in weapons airlifts along with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar Saudi Arabia and US-UK fellow NATO ally Turkey.

 

Or maybe Mr Hague is not out of the loop. Some say that the UK call to arms is a political bluff.  They are involved already and want to get deeper into it for fear of being dumped into the second team of Saudi influence makers in the Middle East when the Syrian civil war cools.

 

According to people who know these things in this the Turkish capital, the CIA controlled airlifts started on January 3 last year but progress was slow and Obama did not want this blowing during his election campaign.  

 

That’s one of the reasons why the CIA’s role has been cautious having been told during the first few weeks of 2012 that the US was backing the rebels.  And it could be that the brains behind the US end was David Petraeus, former general, former director the CIA and presumably, former adulterer.

 

The main thrust of the operation was held back until Obama was into his second term because no one could guess what a Mitt Romney Republic Administration may have done.

As soon as the results were declared in November, the full arms transfer got under way. The main co-ordination and take-off/landing point is, so locals say, is the airport known as Esenboga not far from the Turkish capital, Ankara.

 

But if Turkish and Jordanian people are right, the command and control for the American operation is in Al Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar because that one of the main centres for US logistics in the Middle East.

 

It may be that the CIA is not doing the lifting and carrying of these weapons.

 

Instead, they are fixing people and contacts and making sure the plan flies.  There’s an irony.  It could be that the US is not actually supporting the rebels.  It is in practical terms America is instead supporting the Middle East states such as Saudi Arabia its closest ally in the region after Israel.

The US facilitation has included an important and necessary clandestine operation in Croatia which has become a weapons flea-market.  The American “officials” vet the buyers as well as the sellers and also tell the mostly Arab paymasters who among the rebels is a reliable ally in the future.

Mind you, this arms traffic – estimated to be in the thousands of tones so far –  is not one way.  Russian and Iranians arms people who are not natural allies have it seems become mainstream suppliers to the Syria government forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

 

There is growing pressure from the rebels to increase the flow through Turkey and through Jordan in support of the southern based groups. If there is an obvious reservation it is that providing humanitarian aid is one thing for Jordan and Turkey, acting as arms quartermasters is quite another and could lead them directly into the conflict.

 

The main and continuing concern is who gets the weapons.  The mainstream rebel groups are on side according to CIA officials.  But the headache is how to stop Islamist groups fighting among the rebels getting their hands on new equipment.

Here is one the reason – apart from instinctive duplicity – why the Chinese and Russians say it is wrong to arm the rebels: not everyone is sure who they are and who they represent and who they may represent in future.

Backing one side or the other is historically a risky and often a treacherous business.  But that is exactly the business the CIA and its cousins in this operation are in.

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Christopher Lee

March 8, 2013

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Chavez – A big enough man for rumopurs

8th March 2013

The word among the ex-pat Latinos is that a CIA agent killed Hugo Chavez in Havana last week.  

The rumor/truth (the line is always very fine) is that some two weeks back the medical team from Havana arrived in Caracas, checked out the near-death comandante and then had him back in Havana.  In the Cuban capital and while under heavy military protection, a Cuban working for those nice folk in Langley, Va. “hurried” Chavez through his final hours to make sure there were no mistakes.

When Chavez returned, his soul was long gone elsewhere and had done so some days before his death was announced.  

To support this fantasy, the people here who know everything but have always heard it from someone else say this explains why none of Chavez minister’s were seen visiting the Caracas hospital during the time when they said he was still alive.  

Furthermore they say here that the government references to the CIA using the illness to kill him did not refer to an attempt to give him terminal cancer, but to use his hospitalization to finish the job.

As responsible observers we must take all this ex-pat talk as suspicious.  After all, almost every one here is anti-Chavez and they do not want to build his image of the people’s saint as much of the world’s media does.  

Also, they along with the Cuban exiles, like to hint that Chavez’s dear Cuban brother a.k.a. Fidel Castro either knew what was happen or his people looked the other way.

Neither theory makes practical sense.  More likely, the extreme of the story goes like this:

Chavez died in Cuba.  The Cubans wanted the body out before someone suggested that they were responsible for his death.  The Venezuelan government wanted the body back, examined, certificated and then prepared for show because el commandante could only die in his home country with the shadow of Chavez’s saint,  Simon Boliva hovering above.  

The whole political and military team had to agree the announcement timing and then to be able to say what happened next.

All the above is reasonable. But it enhances the perception of Chavez to the world and most importantly, to Latin America.

Do not make the mistake of dismissing Chavez as just another personal bank-loading, popularist, America-bating dictator.   Yes, he was all and each of those things but look at the funeral guest list.

Some of the world’s most uncompromisingly scathing White House bashers have either turned up or sent their highest representatives.  

The front row looks like the top end of the CIA’s would-be hit list or their envoys: Ahmadinijad, al-Assad, Ghaddafi’s Ghost, The Castro Bros, Kim Jong-un and all the rest of the powerful global scalliwags.

A bunch of nobody’s? Not so. If you think that then ask yourself why it is that most people had heard of Chavez. Then ask why it is that apart from the names Obama and Merkel most of the world knows who Chavez’s political ruffians friends are but couldn’t name the leaders of France, Spain, the UK, Belgian (the HQ of the EU and NATO) post-Berlusconi Italy, Japan, Australia or any of the other 40 or so members of the US coalition of the willing in Afghanistan.

Then look at the connections they made and make. Venezuelan discounted oil propping revolutionary states – especially Cuba. Iranian technicians building North Korean nuclear warhead facilities- and so on. These people are not nobodies. They are not just a bunch of opportunists.

Chavez was honored by attendance and or speeches from across the non-US arse licking world by people who occupy every waking moment of the so-called democratically elected governments, their leaders and their Intelligence agencies (14 of them in Washington DC with whole sections dealing with Chavez alone).

The fact that he rated a was he long-dead or worse, was he murdered, rumor says how important he was more than it doers about the global society of hacks looking for a headline.

All this is why the next question is equally import: now he’s gone, does Venezuela sink back into corrupt oblivion? The start of the answer is this: not with all that oil it doesn’t.