- What kind of sick and twisted men could sit around calmly,
in safety and comfort, while planning the murders of thousands of innocent
people, all to further their own extremist faith, which holds that no other
system but their own should be allowed to exist on earth? Men with no conscience
and no soul, coldly calculating the number of deaths it would take to goad
their enemy into action and set the world aflame in a holy war between
the righteous and the infidels -- where could you possibly find such degraded
- Why, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, of course!
- America's shiniest military brass have at times been
given to Osamic convulsions of terrorist fervor, drawing up plans to sink
American ships, shoot down American planes and launch terror campaigns
in American cities, "even in Washington" -- all to create "pretexts
to provide justification for U.S. military intervention in Cuba."
- This was the gist of "Operation Northwoods,"
devised by the United States' top military leaders and presented to President
John Kennedy in 1962, ABCNews.com reports. The existence of Communist Cuba
140 kilometers off the coast of God's country was an intolerable affront
to the honchos of the military-industrial-mafiosi complex, which had formerly
gorged itself on the rich corruption of the right-wing Batista regime.
- Their outrage was compounded by one of the CIA's rare
fiascos in nation-gutting: the failed Bay of Pigs invasion a few months
before, a "humiliation" that left the hard Right -- and its many
sympathizers in the military -- howling for Kennedy's head on a platter.
Hoping JFK would now seek to restore the lost national manhood, the brass
drew up a full-scale plan for the invasion and military occupation of Cuba.
- That's where the "pretexts" came in. The boys
in braid evinced a devilish imagination worthy of al-Qaida as they plotted
terrorist campaigns complete with assassinations and bombs in American
cities, blowing up American ships in Cuban harbors -- "Casualty lists
in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation,"
they wrote -- even contemplating the explosion of America's first manned
space flight -- all to be blamed on Castro, of course.
- A few days after the head of the Joint Chiefs, General
Lyman Lemnitzer, presented the plan to the White House, Kennedy told him
he would never authorize a U.S. military invasion of Cuba. A few months
later, in the midst of a Senate investigation into right-wing extremism
in the military, Kennedy removed Lemnitzer from the military's top spot.
- A few months after that, the president was dead -- killed
by a "Cuban sympathizer" in the streets of Dallas.
- Someone got that head on a platter after all.
- Washed in the Blood
- Naturally, we only hear of such things 40 years after
the fact -- it wouldn't do for the rabble to know the terrible burdens
of murder and deceit their betters must bear for the greater good. Because
for every "Northwoods" plan quashed by simpering liberals, a
dozen other patriotic programs have been put into practice over the years.
- Take, for instance, the macabre "bodywashing"
operation directed by the affable front man Ronald Reagan and his CIA control,
George H.W. Bush. Throughout the 1980s, these red-hot Cold Warriors waged
secret war in Central America, wherever the vested interests of the MIM
complex were threatened.
- In El Salvador, Reagan-Bush dispatched a small number
of "advisors" to train the local military in their battle against
leftist insurgents. Publicly, the advisors were forbidden to take part
in combat operations; na levo however, U.S. troops were in the thick of
battle -- and some began coming home in body bags, Consortiumnews.com reports.
- It would not do to have the Great Communicator and his
spyboy-toy shown up as liars, of course. So the American soldiers killed
in El Salvador were subjected to the process of "bodywashing":
"We'd ship the body back home and have a jeep roll over him,"
a former officer said. "Or we'd arrange a chopper crash or wait until
one happened and insert a body or two into the wreckage. It's not that
- No indeed, not when you have the full power of the White
House behind you. Any reporters who caught wind of the secret combat were
subjected to intensive "discrediting" by the Reagan-Bush team
and their helpful operatives in the media, particularly the Wall Street
Journal. The worst offender was Raymond Bonner of The New York Times, who
reported that the American-"advised" Salvadoran military had
massacred 1,000 men, women and children in the town of El Mozote in 1981.
- The White House dispatched Assistant Secretary of State
Elliot Abrams to Congress, where he swore under oath the massacre had never
happened. The trembling Times then removed Bonner from Latin America, banishing
him to the business desk. The secret war went on.
- That's all ancient history now, of course. Bonner was
eventually restored to favor -- after a UN forensic team confirmed the
El Mozote massacre in 1991, digging up hundreds of skeletons: men, women
and children hacked to death by America's proxies. As for Elliot Abrams,
the old villain was finally brought to justice, convicted of lying to Congress
about another big-time MIM operation, Iran-Contra.
- But never let it be said the MIMers don't look after
their own. Abrams was then pardoned by President Bush and now serves as
a top adviser to another President Bush, a dictatorial secrecy fanatic
who has committed the United States to wars covert and overt all over the
world. So what does Abrams -- abettor of massacres and breaker of oaths
-- advise the Dear Leader about?
- International human rights, of course.
- Let the bodywashing begin.