Thursday, June 30, 2005

One of the most influential men you've never heard of

Should a past involvement in facilitating the illegal sale of weapons to an enemy regime in order to finance terrorists seeking to overthrow a democratically elected government and a central belief in the use of Machiavellian politics discount someone from a position of influence in our government? I would say without reservation: yes. President Bush, on the other hand, would disagree.

Michael Ledeen is one of the top foreign policy advisors of the Bush administration, being at one point (and to my knowledge may still be) the only full-time foreign advisor that Karl Rove consulted. Ledeen is a vocal proponent of regime change in the Middle East. He was also formerly directly involved in the Iran-Contra scandal.

The 2003 invasion of Iraq can be seen as a direct application of foreign policy doctrine developed by Ledeen, as one of the leading thinkers of the neoconservative movement, well before the 9/11 attacks, and it is important to note that the influential Ledeen has advocated not only invasion of Iraq, but also invasion and military dominance of Iran, Syria and Lebanon as an extension of the war on terror.

Something else that might cause a person concern over Ledeen's influence on this administration are his ties to fascism and fundamentalists such as Pat Robertson.

1 comment:

John Lombard said...

Hah! Actually, I've heard of Michael Ledeen -- these Iran-Contra alumni have a way of popping up.

When I found out his daughter Simone had been given a job with the Iraqi reconstruction I was irate. Part of the reason for the current problems in Iraq is that they gave many reconstruction jobs not to people with experience but to people who had posted their resumes with the Heritage Foundation. Yes, I know that sounds unbelievable, but it's true -- reconstruction as resume filler for Republicans.

The neoconservatives don't get it -- they think only in terms of top-down change. A change of leaders is a rotten way to think of democracy. They just don't understand -- or perhaps don't care -- that democratic change has to come from a society's grassroots. The Bushies really believed that the Iraqi exiles would be welcomed -- after they'd fled the country years before. Only Republicans could be such dopes.

Ledeen and his old friend from Iran-Contra Manucher Ghorbanifar seem to be involved in Iran disinformation too.

One of the things that disgusts me about politics is that even when there are multiple changes of government the same bad pennies keep popping up.