and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other" in Syria. US taxpayers forced to fund both "sides" in Syria; 3/27/2016, "In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA," LA Times, Nabih Bulos, W.J. Hennigan and Brian Bennett....A US backed 'side' in Syria gave weapons to Al Qaeda group....6/26/2016, "C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say," NY Times, "Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia
intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian
intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market....The theft, involving millions of dollars of weapons, highlights
the messy, unplanned consequences of programs to arm and train rebels-the kind of program the C.I.A. and Pentagon have conducted for decades."...July 18, 2017, "Secretive CIA Syria program details exposed by murder of 3 Green Berets at Jordanian air base," Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, via SOTT.net
7/26/17, "Who Is Michael Vickers? The CIA's Afghan Jihad Architect Declares War On Trump," Zero Hedge, Durden
(scroll down): "Who is Michael G. Vickers?
Mike Vickers recently added his voice to the chorus of frustrated
pundits raging against Trump's closure of the CIA's Syria program. He wrote this week in the Washington Post:
"Abandoning the goal of removing Assad from power will place the
United States on the side of not only the barbaric Syrian regime, which
has American blood on its hands dating to the early 1980s, but also
Iran, Hezbollah and Russia. This is strategic folly."
Even with his impressive sounding bio as former assistant
secretary of defense for special operations, low-intensity conflict and
interdependent capabilities and undersecretary of defense for
intelligence during the Bush and Obama administrations, Vickers will not be recognizable to most.
He is the quintessential man behind the scenes
- hugely influential and powerful in the national security bureaucracy
and shaping military action abroad over the past four decades, yet
largely out of the public eye.
Michael G. Vickers is a key US strategist who funded Afghan jihadists in the 1980's and jihadists in Syria after 2011....
CIA's Afghan Jihad Mastermind
Vickers was considered the CIA's top strategic mastermind tasked with
choosing weapons systems and implementing guerrilla warfare strategies
for the various mujahideen groups fighting the Soviets in the 1980's
war. This of course included supplying mass quantities of
Raytheon's Stinger heat-seeking anti aircraft missiles to Afghan
commanders like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and others now considered notorious
terrorists by the West. Hekmatyar was a close ally of Bin Laden
and had a reputation of throwing acid in women's faces should they be
caught participating in public life. After 9/11 Charlie Wilson admitted
that he "lived in terror" that one of the hundreds of Stinger missiles
which were never recovered (and whereabouts still unknown) would be used
to take down a civilian airliner.
According to Crile's exhaustively researched book, Vickers was the CIA's chief strategist that made it all happen, even expanding the weapons program beyond all historical precedent in the mid-80's:
[Vickers] was confident that the Stinger would add a lethal new
dimension to the anti-aircraft mix that was already beginning to pay
off. He had gone to great lengths to make sure the Afghans would be
properly trained. In the past, U.S. trainers had taught the Pakistanis
how to use the new weapons, and the Pakistanis had then instructed the
mujahideen. This time Vickers proposed that the American specialists go
into the camps dressed like mujahideen to personally supervise the
...Now that the anti-aircraft strategy was in place, Vickers insisted
that his master plan, spelling out precise how the CIA should support
the Afghans for the next three years was complete."
And like with the more recent Syria covert program, the massive
Afghan jihad program had to be carefully shielded from public view:
so all of Vickers's calculations had to take into account maneuvers
with Swiss bank accounts, shadowy purchasing agents, safe houses, phony
corporations, contracts, lawyers, disguised boats, fleets of trucks,
trains, camels, donkeys, mules, warehouses, disguised
satellite-targeting studies, and secret payments to the families of the
...By the beginning of 1986 Vickers realized he was calling the shots on 57 percent of the Directorate of Operations' total budget. He had by then grown accustomed to running the biggest CIA paramilitary campaign in history.
We all know how this ended up: an unprecedented rise in international
Islamic terrorism as a permanent fixture on the world stage, horrific
mass casualties of civilians in sophisticated terror bombings, the
installation of the radical Taliban government in Afghanistan, the rise
of al-Qaeda, and the 9/11 attacks. According to Crile the CIA was well aware of the nasty jihadist nature of the Afghan rebels it was dealing with at the time, and like with Syria of more recent years, it was warned of what would come and proceeded anyway.
Vickers: From Afghan to Syrian Jihad
With not a hint of shame, bashfulness, or recognition of the twisted
irony of it all, Vickers actually invoked his prior experience
overseeing the Afghan jihad in his recent Washington Post op-ed:
Ronald Reagan understood the potential of covert proxy wars to alter
global power balances. Through stepped-up support for the Afghan
mujahideen and other anti-Communist movements, and other, complementary
strategic policies, he won the Cold War. It took the Carter and Reagan
administrations more than five years to come up with a war-winning
strategy (work that I helped to lead as a CIA officer) against the
Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The same could be done in Syria today."
At the very least, this might serve to educate the public of
how the intelligence and national security deep state works: these guys
never go away, criminality is rewarded. (Vickers was literally
praised as thinking "like a gangster" for his ability to implement nasty
guerrilla tactics on shifting battlefield environments in a 2007
Washington Post profile),
and it's often the same guys running the show behind the scenes of ugly
covert interventions which only serve to make the world less safe for
Vickers himself, as Defense Under Secretary for Intelligence until 2015, oversaw aspects of US covert action in Syria.
The man has literally gone from overseeing the CIA's covert support of
Afghan mujahideen to overseeing US support for jihadists in Syria to now
declaring war on Trump. The deep state has gone full circle here. But
it's our sincere hope that America finally defeats all the jihadists and
their enablers both at home and abroad.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
To Deep State's Michael G. Vickers: Didn't you hear? The US had 'regime change' in Nov. 2016--you were voted out. US taxpayers are no longer your slaves. Blood-sucking neocons like you have existed only via access to unlimited US taxpayer dollars. We've even been forced to pay for both "sides" in Syria: CIA and Pentagon 'backed' forces had to fight each other. 3 of our elite Green Berets were murdered training your filthy 'proxy' jihadists. Several decades and trillions of US dollars later, your 'strategy' has ruined the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, and left a more dangerous world for Americans. As a neocon, you wouldn't care because you're incapable of shame
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