Another Prominent Military
Figure Denounces NeoCons, Iraq, War on Terror
Retired Command Sergeant Major Eric Haney, founding member of the military's elite covert counter-terrorist unit, Delta force, has stated publicly for the record that he sees the war in Iraq as an "Utter debacle" based on intentions by the Bush administration that were "not what they stated" and that "there is no real threat to the U.S. in the world".
Haney made the comments in an exclusive interview with David Kronke for the LA Daily News published yesterday.
After Haney retired from the military his book "Inside Delta Force" became the basis for the hit CBS drama "The Unit," where he now assumes technical adviser and executive producer duties.
When questioned on Iraq Haney responded with the following:
Utter debacle. But it had to be from the very first. The reasons were wrong. The reasons of this administration for taking this nation to war were not what they stated. (Army Gen.) Tommy Franks was brow-beaten and ... pursued warfare that he knew strategically was wrong in the long term. That's why he retired immediately afterward. His own staff could tell him what was going to happen afterward.
We have fomented civil war in Iraq. We have probably fomented internecine war in the Muslim world between the Shias and the Sunnis, and I think Bush may well have started the third world war, all for their own personal policies.
We'd better take it seriously when the founder member of one of the most elite military forces in the world says Bush has fomented a third world war for personal gain.
Haney also described the climate of fear and repression that the NeoCons have brought down upon America and its people, and the rapid shift into authoritarian governance after 9/11:
For the first thing, our credibility is utterly zero. So we destroyed whatever credibility we had. ... And I say "we," because the American public went along with this. They voted for a second Bush administration out of fear, so fear is what they're going to have from now on... this administration has worked overtime to divert the American public's attention from [Iraq]. Their lies are coming home to roost now, and it's gonna fall apart.
On the subject of torture Haney denounced the policies put in place by the NeoCons, and purposefully singled out Dick Cheney as the driving force behind torture. Haney suggested that the only reason torture has become policy is because Cheney LIKES it:
That's Cheney's pursuit. The only reason anyone tortures is because they like to do it. It's about vengeance, it's about revenge, or it's about cover-up. You don't gain intelligence that way. Everyone in the world knows that. It's worse than small-minded, and look what it does. I've argued this on Bill O'Reilly and other Fox News shows. I ask, who would you want to pay to be a torturer? Do you want someone that the American public pays to torture? He's an employee of yours. It's worse than ridiculous. It's criminal; it's utterly criminal.
We have exhaustively documented the sick twisted logic behind the policy of torture and how it is being used not as a way to gather intelligence but purely as a fear based psyop, a mass conditioning technique to goad the American public into conformity and acceptance of their criminal government's actions. Haney's comments suggest exactly this.
Anyone who does not go along with the policy of torture is promptly removed from their positions and replaced, as was Brig. Gen. Rick Baccus, who refused to go along with the outright torture at Guantanamo Bay, and often stood in the way of tougher interrogation techniques before being reassigned.
Baccus is another prominent military figure who has since spoken out against such policies, stating that "Those people are the ones who need to be publicly charged. I don't know how high it needs to go."
Another military figure who has denounced the NeoCons is the former General at Abu Ghraib, Janis Karpinski, who says she was deliberately kept out of the loop and scapegoated in the torture scandal in order to protect higher ups.
Back to Eric Haney, who even went as far as saying that although the US armed forces are now completely consumed, there is no real threat to America. Once again another credible figure who has previous high ranking connections inside the Pentagon and with the administration is touting the fact that the perceived threat to the US post 9/11is a complete fraud:
Our military is completely consumed, so were there a real threat - thankfully, there is no real threat to the U.S. in the world, but were there one, we couldn't confront it. Right now, that may not be a bad thing, because that keeps Bush from trying something with Iran or with Venezuela.
Haney's comments tie in with revelations from earlier this month when a Zogby poll indicated that 72% of troops in Iraq want out. It seems that the vast majority of US and British forces are now against the war.
We have seen senior officers quitting in disgust at the lack of government respect and protection for their men, RAF officers facing jail time for refusing to engage in "illegal" actions, and SAS professionals walking away denouncing the war as illegal and the actions of US troops as "sub-human".
The London Independent last week reported that the number of British soldiers going Awol has trebled since the invasion of Iraq.
What more will it take for this madness to end? The people are against the war, the troops are against the war, senior military officials are against the war.
Haney's closing comments reiterate the shift in majority opinion and the awakening of many to the truth of the Neoconservative criminality that we have been relentlessly subjected to in recent years:
... ultimately I believe in the good and the decency of the American people, and they're starting to see what's happening and the lies that have been told. We're seeing this current house of cards start to flutter away. The American people come around. They always do.
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