Friday, September 28, 2012

Mitt Romney And The Dream Team 
In one week the country will witness the first debate between President Obama and the Republican Candidate Mitt Romney. Up till this point in time, most Americans have made up their mind as to which of the two candidates they will vote for. But there are certain number of people, like myself, who are wondering who would be the better choice. As a professional who has served in the Nixon,  Ford,  Reagan and Bush Sr administrations I was really quite apolitical in that I was honored to serve both the country and the Office of the Presidency. Only twice in my professional life was I asked to help out in a specific and minor way when it came to Bush Sr preparations for the debates against Michael Dukakis. At the time, I was able to develop a quick sketch of the candidates’ respective personalities and evaluating what their strength and weaknesses were. And a team of experts were able to implement those suggestions. That team consisted of some of the most prominent and experienced Republican statesmen and operatives, I have ever had the opportunity to work with.  First and foremost , James Baker III was the leader and elegant executor of what he felt would be appropriate for his close friend George H. W, Bush Sr.  Next in line, was one  of the most brilliant communications experts I had ever met who was judicious, funny and quick –witted. His name has become a household brand –Roger Ailes. He not only got Nixon elected but Bush Sr as well. He understood how to implement my and other suggestions into a strategic Television and communications format that would convincingly convey the message of Bush Sr who by disposition was not a glib, histrionic speaker, but in contrast, was a serious, intense, brilliant analyst and former Director of the CIA [not often seen as an asset in a Presidential election]. But the man who held the entire process of Baker’s and Ailes initiatives was and still is a exceedingly competent, truly brilliant economist and operational workhouse, whose past and future accomplishments completely overwhelmed me. His name has also become a world- renown sobriquet for fiscal sobriety and operational competency.  His name is Robert Zoellick.  Eventually as many of you might know he went on to become Mr State Department under Secretary of State James Baker [in my opinion the best Sec State I had ever worked for]. From there Zoellick went on to work for Fannie Mae, Goldman Sachs, and then returned to become  the Director of the US International Trade Commission  where he negotiated countless treaties all over the world. Incidentally, he had a very talented deputy by the name of Ambassador John Huntsman who would later become an exceedingly skilled Ambassador to both Singapore and China [under the Obama Administration] and a Republican candidate for the Presidency [which I must admit I supported very wholeheartedly]. So why do I mention all of these outstanding Republican Senior officials at this time before the first debate? 

The reason I have mentioned them is that these aforementioned individuals are all part of the amazing team of advisors that are on Mitt Romney’s team. Not only are these Republican professionals on Mitt’s team but I know of others like Ambassador Richard Williams who was an outstanding Reagan political and State Department intellect and operative. Also included in this Dream Team is someone I had the opportunity to work with but is often considered quite controversial and that is Ambassador John Bolton who despite his appropriate public criticism of the United Nations, he , nevertheless , afforded me the financial back-up when I was DAS for East Asia and the Pacific to underwrite the basis of the disarming of the Khmer Rouge and the strategic implementation of the 1991 Paris Peace Conference on Cambodia. He never took the deserved credit for that. So,  here we are , with some of the Republican advisors whom I know personally to be quite competent and capable to bring any Republican candidate into the White House especially at a time when the economy is at it’s low , congress is in disgrace, and foreign policy is in a disarray. So why is Mitt not doing better? 

Unfortunately, the problem lies not within the Dream Team but with Mitt. As a political psychiatrist who has treated and worked with countless politicians and Presidents , I would only resort to one simple question that I hope that Romney would consider before the debates. And that question,  without sounding too reductionist or Freudian [ I was never really a fan of this neurologist addicted to cocaine] is quite simple: Why did you, Mitt,  have to distance yourself politically and really personally from your incredibly brave and astute father, George Romney? Why did you shy away from your father’s brave and true statement that he made when he came back from a Vietnam tour that ‘the generals, politicians, and diplomats’ were lying to him. He was right. He may in your mind have lost the election because of that statement. But I feel that your flight from your father’s and mother’s courage as individuals and politicians may have cost you the election.  All  contests whether political or not, boil down to several simple truths! Who are you? And what do you want? And how much are you willing to pay for what you want?
 Churchill once responded that the most important determination in political success as both as candidate and a leader is courage-not Machiavellian calculations.
The key question I have for you, Mr. Romney, is: do you have the courage before these debates to ask yourself those aforementioned questions and answer them honestly . Not to God. Nor to your wife. Nor to your Dream Team. But to yourself.
If so, good luck!!! L’audace! L’audace! Toujours L’audace!         

Thursday, September 27, 2012

National Defense University and The  Freedom Of Teaching/Speech

 National Defense University [NDU] is a famous institution of advance learning in military strategy, tactics, political psychology, economics, game theory and a varied assortment of courses that are comparable in intensity, rigor and discipline to MIT and Harvard combined.  It is located on a beautiful parchment of land where my daughter used to play soccer, called Fort McNair located in Southwest, Washington DC.

The primary mission of NDU is to prepare military and civilian leaders from the US and foreign countries to develop skills for critical thinking, analyzing military and civilian problems [which have become intertwined in our present combat scenarios], and to question any and all assumptions posited by either a military or other authority.   In short,  from my point of view,  it was the medical school for senior military officers soon to assume major command posts all over the world. 

 It was not an accident that NDU was located on the famous Ft McNair facility where some of America’s greatest generals lived -including  Patton,  Eisenhower and George Marshall, the architect of both the Japanese and European Wars. 

But for me,  I have had a very strong personal and professional attachment to NDU.  For over twenty years or more,  I was the Guest Lecturer for Professor Alan G. Whittaker, former Dean of NDU,  at his unique course on Political Psychology.  Alan was and is the consummate professional in both his scholarly research on the influence of psychology on National Security and his operational fortitude in the field of actionable intelligence.  There was no one more important in the field of psychology and politics than Alan.  And because he was an extremely elegant and exceedingly tolerant man [remember he had to deal with me], he invited me every year to attend his advanced seminar on Psychology and Presidential Decision Making.  What made his course such an unusual experience for me and others who lectured at NDU was the freedom and latitude that I was given. This is an extremely important point for me to make as you will see later . No subject was out of limits, including my opinions about ‘false flag’ and ‘stand down operations’.  My personal opinions of military and civilian leaders with whom I had served,  those whom I admired and those whom I detested.  Similarly, the class was encouraged by me and Alan to question every  and all statements and assumptions that I had made or implied.

The audience consisted of extremely bright, proactive, mature men [usually Colonels]  and women [senior State Department and intelligence officials]  with extensive military and civilian experiences garnered from all over the world. This was not one of your typical ‘Ivy League” seminars where you could tell ‘war stories’ and ‘finesse ideas’. There was an elan vital that I had never witnessed anywhere else,  least of all in any medical school or civilian graduate course.

In short,  NDU was suis generis and experience of learning and teaching unparalleled anywhere in my extensive academic and professional career.
Unfortunately, this April,  Lieutenant Colonel [LTC] Matthew Dooley, a highly decorated combat war veteran and a 1994 graduate of the U.S Military Academy at West Point was publicly condemned by General Martin Dempsey , Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved of his teaching assignments because of “ the negative way Islam was portrayed in an elective course entitled “Perspective on Islam and Islamic Revolution’.  I place these words in quotes because I am referring directly from an article sent to me by a friend in the military-  written by the Thomas Moore Law Center [TMLC] , a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor Michigan , announcing that it would represent LTC Dooley in this case where his freedom of speech and teaching were summarily curtailed by both General Dempsey and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

 As I really don’t know the exact details of the case, I will refer liberally to the paper that was sent to me entitled “Muslim Influence In Pentagon Prevails; Material on Radical Islam “Purged,” Outstanding Army Officer “Disciplined”—TMLC enter case. Please allow me to quote extensively from this article so that the point I would like to make, sounds more equitable and fair to all parties concerned.  But first here are the “facts” as they are stated in the article: 
According to this article, ‘the actions against LTC Dooley, an instructor involved with this elective,  follow a letter to the Department of Defense dated October 19, 2011, and signed by 57 Muslim Organizations,  demanding that all training materials that they judge to be offensive to Islam be ‘purged’ and instructors ‘are effectively disciplined’. 
In response to these actions,  Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the TMLC commented “We are privileged to represent Colonel Dooley. He has honorably served his nation for 18 years and effectively carried out every assigned mission with distinction... he was deployed to Bosnia,  Kuwait and Iraq for a total of six operational and combat tours. ….in order to appease Muslims and the White House, General Dempsey and DOD rushed to punish LTC Dooley “ for what appears to have been ‘lack of political sensitivity’ and ‘disrespect of the Islamic religion’.  Apparently,  Dooley had received top marks as an instructor from both students and the faculty chain of command [not an easy accomplishment I can personally assure you].  However, all that changed when a student outside of his elective complained directly to the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, which touched off a media firestorm full of inaccuracies and political ‘blame-storming’.  Clearly the entire episode became an imbroglio of uncertain causes and outcomes. 
But for me,  the most important aspect of the story is the simple fact that appears to incontrovertible- that at NDU and other War Colleges,  the professional academic rigor of ‘challenging’ the students to ‘think the unthinkable’ was seriously compromised.  In this case, it appears, until further disproved that the academic freedom of the instructor was impaired by ex cathedra statement made by General Dempsey at a Pentagon press conference on May 10, 2012 when he characterized Dooley’s course as ‘totally objectionable’ and ‘against our values’.  This view was seconded by Panetta who was seated next to the Dempsey.   In effect, what had happened was that Dooley was judged by his superior without having had the proper course of investigation. Not only had Dempsey and Panetta violated  the First Amendment of freedom of speech - they also violated the basic principle of all academic institutions for which civilians are normally protected by both tenure and a union ---and that is the Freedom To Teach whatever they believe is the best interest of the student.  Both officials had violated NDU’s right to process of law in which the University’s Provost has the primary responsibility for adjudication of this type of problem. In effect,  both men nullified the very chain of command instituted both by the military and academia.  Not to mention their collective violation of our most precious part of the Constitution –The Right of Free Speech. 

 Why do I write about this problem of ‘political sensitivity’ in our military?  because it has major consequences for our national  security.  It is not a far stretch of the imagination to think that Army Major Nidal Hasan,  a US Army psychiatrist, was allowed to pass through the ranks of the military despite a clear record of incompetency and insubordination.  But because of ‘political sensitivity’ he was allowed ‘act out’ until he deliberately committed the massacre at Fort Hood which could have been prevented.  I don’t say this in hindsight,  because I was able indirectly to predict right after his horrific actions that he indeed had harbored strong anti-American sentiments.  The subsequent FBI reports on Dr Hasan corroborate the finding that “political correctness’ was the main reason for not fully investigating  Dr Hasan who had been clearly disgusted with America.
But more importantly,  I agree with a CIA assessment that  “ all US military Combatant Commands,  Services , the National Guard Bureau, and The Joint Staff  will be devoid of learning about the psychology,  intent, rationale, and hatred imbedded in Islamic Radical Theory.”
So from my professional  perspective,  I should never have been taught by the CIA and DARPA the following fields of knowledge—Soviet Communism;  Agitation Propaganda;  Political Psychology;  National Character Studies[ replete with their customs, hatreds and proclivities];  US Imperialism;  Arab Terrorism;  Muslim Terrorism;  Jewish Terrorism; Zionist Terrorism; Hindu Terrorism;  Christian Terrorism.

As a matter of fact,  to put it very simply,  I should never had read both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution because both are extremely subversive documents dedicated to the eradication of any interference both military or civilian to the wellbeing of our republic---this wonderful experiment called America. 
 This kind of censorship, in any form, in both the military and civilian sectors of our society begets the tyranny of today and suppression of tomorrow. And that leads, to … oh my God!  A Revolution! Perhaps….  a Second American Revolution.  


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rational Iran and the Great Power Games

 Since the 1950’s when the CIA under the leadership of covert operatives F. Roosevelt Jr and Schwarzkopf Sr. initiated a coup against the Iranian Nationalist leader Mossadegh to install the Shah of Iran who was more "sympathetic" to our oil interest,  the US has been playing games in Iran. Along with the US geopolitical partners - Britain, Russia, France, Russia, and Israel---Iran became a pawn as well as major power player in the Middle East for the next sixty five years. Not once in that period of time under Iran’s respective leaders—Shah Pahlavi, Ayatollah Khomeini and his son Ayatollah Khameini and President Ahmadenijad has there been any evidence of "irrational" or "crazy" thinking. In fact, Iran's leaders, except for the Shah, who was exceedingly weak and not very bright, have shown an uncanny ability to manipulate the US, Britain, and Israel into varying positions of confrontation and eventual cooperation.

During the brutal reign of the Shah and SAVAK (Iranian intel), the Iranian clergy convinced the CIA to place the Ayatollah Khomeini under safe keeping with our once ‘helpful’ ally Saddam Hussein for protection against SAVAK. In 1979, the Iranian clergy convinced our CIA again to return Khomeini to Iran where he was eventually installed as the leader of Iran after having overthrown the Shah without the help of the CIA who was completely caught off guard. In 1979, I had, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under the Carter Administration, four hundred members of our US Embassy of whom only eight spoke Farsi. Despite the entreaties by Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher that Ayatollah Khomeini was ‘crazy’,  I tried to explain to him that he was extremely ‘sane’ and would ‘carry out’ his long espoused agenda of making Iran into an Islamic State for the next six hundred years. Weeks later, the Iran Hostage began for the second time. Before the infamous Iranian Hostage Siege that began in April 30, 1980 and lasted for years, there was actually a hostage siege before that where our brave Ambassador Sullivan was taken hostage in his own house, again as a result of faulty US intelligence, specifically manipulated by a very effective Iranian Revolutionary Guard counter –intelligence effort. 

The American hostages were released by Reagan on his inaugural day- no one had been aware that there had been illegal negotiations undertaken for months prior to the official release of the hostages which Reagan and other Republicans had initiated against the protests of Democratic officials in the Carter administration . The nefarious individuals involved in this illegal activity would become prominent in subsequent Republican administrations including Elliot Abrams, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Perle and many others. The Iran Contra Affair was an outcome of this intrigue involving American officials, Israel and the cunning ability of the Iranians to compromise everyone involved. 

This cunning behavior of Iran would eventually lead to a war with Iraq for geopolitical concerns in which both the US and Israeli governments played integral parts. The First Iran-Iraq War [1980-1988] was directly precipitated by Secretary of State George Shultz, [my boss at the time], Ambassador Zalmay Khalizad [ an Afghani neocon and CIA asset] and SecDef Donald Rumsfeld, all of whom with Reagan’s administration support allowed Saddam Hussein to employ gas warfare. Our military supplied Saddam with Fighter Jets and in certain cases we even flew for the Iraqis against Iranian pilots. But what made this war particularly revealing of the underlying hypocrisy was the fact that with our encouragement [read Republican Neocons] Israel supplied the necessary ammunition, airplanes and even flew the F-4 Phantoms and F-5 Tiger planes for Ayatollah Khomeini. The idea of encouraging this war between Iraq and Iran for almost ten years, where countless millions of children, men and women died needlessly, was the strategy espoused by both Israel and the US, that it would benefit both countries if Iran and Iraq were weakened and Israel remained the predominant ‘democratic’ power in the Middle East.

 For eight years Israel and their ‘inhumane’ Zionist leaders were in fact aiding and abetting the ‘crazy’ Iranian Ayatollahs and mullahs to vanquish a secular “Baathist Regime’. So again, there is no evidence up to this time that Israel nor Iran have considered each other barbaric or insane. In fact, what we see at this point in history and even later , is that Iran needs Israel and Israel needs Iran. One without the other cannot create the necessary ‘strategic tension’ in the Middle East to counter the power of Saudi Arabia or Turkey [both Sunni countries]. Then we enter the Second Persian War under Bush Sr which again was initiated under false pretenses. But that’s another story for the moment. And once again, Israeli fighter pilots [ in secret of course] fly US fighter jets and other unmarked planes attacking Iraqi bases in the Bush Sr’s ‘unified coalition’ for democracy and peace. That was lasted less than thirty –six hours. The next encounter that we have involving Israel, Iran and the US is the continuing conflict in Syria where it’s such a bouillabaisse of confusion and misperceptions that Israel realizes that if Bashir Assad is overthrown then Israel's fate will be completely determined by Iranian hegemony. Something Israel cannot manipulate.

 So what is the next pretext for a neocon /Israeli inspired war? A fictional narrative created around the Iranian nuclear bomb. In reality, if Israel were really worried about an “Arab Bomb’ then they should attack the failing –state of Pakistan which has in fact hundreds of atomic bombs. Furthermore , unlike Iran, Pakistan is really controlled by fanatical Sunni/Salafist Radicals funded by the Saudi family. So why doesn't Israel even mention Pakistan as a potential problem? There lies the question of the distortions and fabrication of Iran’s presumed threat . Pakistan and Israel have worked very closely along with US and CIA encouragement to develop Pakistan’s infamous arsenal, presumably aimed only at India. Of course, this is nonsense. But nonsense, lies and contradictions and geopolitical interests has never never stopped the Israelis or the Iranians or the Americans or the Saudis. The only difference with Israel is that it is becoming a ‘failed state’ soon to be abandoned by the USG geopolitical interest, soon to be left alone in a paranoid world in which they helped to foment the unrests and dangers that paranoids always fear. For in the world of psychiatry and intelligence, we have a saying, “Paranoids really do have enemies". But this time Israel cannot use the “Holocaust Raison D’etre" since they helped create that one too.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Just watched an excellent interview - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by Piers Morgan CNN. A new perspective of a composed, elegant statesman who reflects thousands of years of Persian culture and clear, insightful, analytical thinking.  One does not have to agree with everything he says but see how rationally he thinks and how he answers the questions.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Honorable Diplomat: Ambassador Richard H. Solomon, PhD.
One week ago our nation lost an honorable Ambassador Christopher Stevens to  what the military and intelligence quaintly call, “dynamic action”. He was murdered! By whom and why is for the American people to determine. And not for the officials of our government who have become at best second-rate fiction writers , if not blatant liars. 
 But more importantly, I would like to tell you about another quiet, distinguished, honorable diplomat like Ambassador Stevens [whom I did not know but admired]  by the name of Dr. Richard H. Solomon. 
About one week ago, Dr Richard H. Solomon officially resigned  from his twenty tenure as the President of the distinguished  United States Institute of Peace [USIP]. He had singlehandedly built this unique place where private money and public money could initiate, create, and maintain the multivariate studies and practices for the understanding of peace, conflict and international crises management.
 Under Dick’s leadership,  USIP was a bastion of an amalgam of  theory and practice where one could study and implement the necessary skill sets for transcultural negotiations and crises management. It was not a ‘touchy-feely’ institution where meditation about the normative values of peace and love were taught.  But instead, it was a highly disciplined institution where the Rule Of Law was studied and exported to war-torn areas like the Balkans , Iraq , Cambodia and Afghanistan. 
[I suggest that if you are more interested to learn more about the USIP , please look up USIP.ORG.]
  My blog is not intended to be a paean for the USIP.  But it is being written in reaction to the death of an honorable diplomat who died in a most dishonorable way. But I am writing this blog about another honorable diplomat, a longtime colleague and friend.   He was one the first China Scholars to write one the most important insightful  books on the impending conflicts in China—the question of Chinese political leadership and political stability. The book was called , “Mao and The Cultural Revolution.” How do I know this bit of minutiae?
  I had to study “Mao and The Cultural Revolution”, inside and out,  in order to pass both my oral and written exams for my PhD in Political Science. My mentor and Dick’s mentor was Professor Lucian Pye, a brilliant man of letters born in China of missionary parents who spend his career training students like me and Dick to think ‘out of the box’ and understand the contradictory forces of peace and war. At the time, 1971-74, that I was attending MIT , the Center For International Studies was funded by the CIA and DARPA[ the same DOD institution that created the internet], I was obliged to read his book in order to understand China and it’s underlying psychological and political ambivalence that arose between China’s past Confucius  traditions and it’s recently acquired  Maoist revolutionary diktats. 
Lucian, along with Dick and others at MIT,  had formed the intellectual nexus between psychology,  political science, and anthropology and national character studies which, at the time, was considered a highly  specious area of academic concern. In time, what Dick and I had studied there would determine the course of political science and the course of our nation’s national security for the next forty years. 
 At the time that I was studying Dick’s 700 page tome , I was also attending Massachusetts Mental Health Center  [Harvard Medical College] obtaining my degree in psychiatry [Harvard wasn’t that good]. So I was astounded to learn from Lucian that Dick was neither a psychiatrist nor a psychologist. But he was a self-taught expert  in administering and interpreting psychological tests of Chinese refugees fleeing Communist China in the 1960’s and 1970’s. 
The point was clear to me that there were brilliant minds out there who could understand , interpret and implement the mandates of a foreign cultures and use them in a constructive manner to develop peaceful means for negotiating foreign policy .  In short, war was not the perquisite to determining the outcome of a foreign society’s relationship with the United States but in fact the most important determinants of US foreign policy success would lie in understanding in depth both the cultural and psychological determinants of a foreign nation. As simple as this premise may seem in retrospect, this approach was hardly incorporated in our misbegotten wars in Vietnam, Iraq , Afghanistan and elsewhere.
 But back to my story of Dick.  
 At the time I did not know that Dick had worked with Secretary of State Dr Henry Kissinger on implementing the first and most significant peace accord with Chairman Mao Tse Tung and Premier Chou En Lai –the famous ‘Ping-Pong Exchange’. At the time Dick was at the National Security Council as one of Henry’s China expert. He then left quietly to become Director of the RAND National Security Department .
At RAND,  he developed two major projects—[1] The “Plans for Regime Change in the Soviet Union’ written by yours truly, and more importantly, [2] the famous book called “Chinese Negotiation Behavior” which became the prototype of all the subsequent cross-cultural negotiating books that the USIP underwrote in the subsequent forty years. 
In the mid-1980’s Dick became the Director of Policy Planning Staff, again following in the illustrious footsteps of Foreign Service Officers like George Kennan, Paul Nitze,  and others. At the Policy Planning Staff, he was able to implement in part or in whole the projects that he had developed at the RAND Corporation. Subsequently, he became our distinguished Ambassador to the Philippines where he negotiated several successful treaties. 
But as far as I am concerned, Dick’s  greatest untoward accomplishment came when he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Asia the Pacific under Secretary of State James Baker. Dick without encouragement from anyone above, took it upon himself to risk both his political and professional career on  a very highly loaded political issue of trying to disarm the Khmer Rouge and create a  lasting peace in war ravaged Cambodia. His plan was to create a permanent peace treaty among the warring factions- Thailand, Cambodia, Khmer Rouge, China, Vietnam and Russia.  For over forty years over 1.2 million Cambodians had been slaughtered by the Khmer Rouge under the infamous Pol Pot and the PRC.  Dick had wanted, against all odds, to create a peace treaty which would bring in democracy and obviate another genocide.  In  usual calm, discreet, professional manner, he organized a very effective team of FSO’s and other operatives from other parts of the US government who worked in both Thailand and Cambodia  trying tirelessly to  implement the tenets of political psychology and transcultural negotiations techniques in order to both disarm the Khmer Rouge without using military force and at the same time bring twenty plus nations to a peace conference in Paris. The rest is history, Dick had created and finalized the now famous Paris Peace Conference on Cambodia in 1991. And both peace and democracy were brought to Cambodia.
To everyone’s surprise, Dick had pulled off a miracle. No one in the history of diplomacy had ever brought peace to a nation where auto-genocide had been committed and over twenty nations were involved in the peace process.  For this incredible accomplishment, Dick received the Medal of Honor from the Honorable King of Thailand.
In retrospect , Dick’s Paris Peace Conference Treaty of 1991, was the single most significant accomplishment in the history of diplomacy in the past forty years, beside President Jimmy Carters’ Camp David Israeli-Egyptian Peace Conference of 1979.
 But even now, no one really touted his efforts, least of all Richard Solomon. He was and is too modest to do so.  Instead, we have been inundated by the nonsensical verbiage of self-aggrandizing political and military fiascos like Iraq , Afghanistan, the Osama bin Laden raids, and Libyan disaster.  
All of these past and present travesties could all have been prevented by the Honorable Diplomats who had a basic understanding  of what Ambassador Steven’s knew all too well –Arab culture, Arab  mores, and most importantly Arab psychology and national character. In the same way  Dick had known and studied the different cultures of Cambodia , China, Thailand, and Vietnam. 
The reason, I am writing this blog about my friend and colleague Richard Solomon, is not because he or others asked me[ nor would Dick ever do so, and quite frankly, I am not  sure he would like to know that I am writing this about him] but he like countless of brilliant selfless Americans who served in our  Foreign Service, deserve a moment of recognition and gratitude from our country. Unfortunately, many self-aggrandizing political, CIA and military personalities have taken the spotlight away from our silent heroes in the ‘service of protecting our national security’. For these silent heroes, unlike the self-publicizing  SEALS, CIA and military officials, there is no song, movie, book or television special that will memorialize their real or imagined exploits. They are not even written about in fiction. They don’t have their own Tom Clancy --like the others do.
 Like Ambassador Christopher Stevens who was viciously murdered last week for being an outstanding “Arabist” and Foreign Service Officer, there are thousands like him and Dick who truly deserve our gratitude and recognition. No mythical tales of real or fictitious military exploits will be told of their quiet, discreet endeavors because they were and are the Honorable Diplomats of our country. The greatest gift that our President can make on behalf of these untold heroes is to make the next Sec State a career FSO. So that once in my lifetime , I can finally see a professional diplomat in the position of power and not some political toddy who was bequeathed a favor for favors garnered for the political elite in power .  For me,  this would be the most appropriate way to honor our Honorable Diplomats, alive or dead, who gave of themselves in the service of our country. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Veterans Today(newsletter 9.21.2012) Steve Pieczenik: World War III starts 25 September 2012 by Jim Fetzer 

Steve Pieczenik, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in three administrations, who earned his Ph.D. at MIT, has revealed that he has been told by a high-ranking general–whom I believe to have been Gen. Richard Myers–that 9/11 was a “false flag” attack, which was done by the government in order to arouse the American people to support wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq. On Alex Jones, he has now asserted that Israel is going to attack Iran on Yom Kippur, which begins on Tuesday, 25 September 2011. He insists that Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu are at odds over this, where Obama and the Pentagon are opposed to any such attack. I think Pieczenik is very honest and has run risks by revealing that he was told it had been a “false flag” operation to induce the public to support wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq. I wish that I could believe that the US “won’t be drawn into another unpopular war”. Given the coming November presidential elections, however, where a new war in the Middle East would be overwhelmingly unpopular with the American public, Obama needs plausible deniability, which means that it must appear to the public as though this engagement was initiated by Iran, where the most likely scenario has an Israeli sub torpedo the USS Enterprise, our first nuclear-powered carrier, and blame it on Iran. This would not be the first example of monumental hypocisy by Obama. The administration, for example, has opposed the invalidation of the indefinite detention provisions of NDAA, which were blatantly unConstitutional on their face and take us back to a time prior to the Magna Carta. I am also stunned that DHS continues to acquire more and more ammunition: what conceivable reason can it have for stocking more than 1.5 BILLION ROUNDS of .40 hollow point, which is not even permissible for use in warfare under the Geneva Conventions? DHS does not engage in operations abroad; therefore, it has to be for operations within the borders of the USA. That enormous quantity would require absurd storage were it not to be used in the near term. Between the FEMA camps and the surveillance (probably predator) drones being authorized here (for no other discernible reason), we have to bite the bullet and acknowledge that our own government, THE US GOVERNMENT, IS PREPARING TO GO TO WAR WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. It has to be anticipating some cause of massive unrest and actual uprising by ordinary citizens, which could come from (1) the collapse of our economic system (where our bank accounts are vacated), (2) masses with Fukushima-induced radiation sickness (becoming like a vast class of Zombies), or (3) the nation is decimated by nuclear retaliation as a consequence of an attack on Iran (and the public is ravaging for its own survival). The third, at present, appears to me to be the most probable. Circumstantial Proof Bear in mind that Iran has not attacked any other country for more than 300 years. Iran has signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and has allowed inspectors into its facilities. Iran has disavowed the pursuit of nuclear weapons, even though it is my belief that it is entitled to have them and that, as in the case of the “Cold War”, where mutually assured destruction of the US of the USSR and of the US by the USSR ushered in a period of stability that endured for nearly fifty years, it would bring greater stability to the Middle East. Israel, by comparison, has 200-600 or more of these little beauties. Israel has refused to sign the NPT. Israel will not allow inspectors into its own facilities. Israel has refused to participate in a conference in Finland to discuss the nuclear disarmament of the Middle East, for the obvious reason that Israel wants nuclear disarmament for every country in the Middle East except Israel! If an attack where imminent, then we would expect Israeli shills to be attempting (again) to demonize Iran and its leaders as a threat to the world, where Ed Koch is fulfilling that role: Iran Will Attack U.S. if It Gets Nuclear Weapons By Edward Koch The New York Times of Sept. 17 reported that “in Iran, the commander of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, took the unusual step of holding a news conference on Sunday to warn that ‘nothing will remain’ in Israel if it or any other nation launches attacks against his country. “He said that Iran and its allies — presumably Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza — would retaliate at Israel’s borders, as would Iran itself in Israel and beyond, targeting American military bases in the Persian Gulf and shutting down the Strait of Hormuz,” according to the newspaper. The Times goes on to report: “Iran has often threatened to counter any attack, but the general’s threats were unusually specific and signaled Iran’s intent to turn any possible attack into a regional conflict. ‘Our response to Israel is clear: I think nothing will remain of Israel,’ General Jafari said, according to an account by The Associated Press. ‘Given Israel’s small land area and its vulnerability to a massive volume of Iran’s missiles, I don’t think any spot in Israel will remain safe.’ General Jafari also confirmed, in what appeared to be the clearest terms so far, that some high-level advisers from his elite unit were working in Syria and Lebanon, underscoring how deeply intertwined the many conflicts in the region have become.” So now we have one of Iran’s top generals joining the president of Iran in calling for the destruction of Israel. The Iranian general threatens Israel’s total demise and destruction “if [Israel] or any other nation launches attacks against his country.” The Iranian president’s longstanding calls for Israel’s destruction have always been unconditional. Israel is normally referred to by Iranian government officials as the “little Satan” and the U.S. as the “big Satan.” You can be sure that if and when Iran develops a nuclear bomb and a rocket capable of reaching the U.S., we here in the U.S. will be at risk simply because we exist. The fanatic Muslims engaged in jihad against Western civilization have as their goal the total destruction of Western civilization which they both envy and hate. Their ultimate objective is to convert the world to Islam. How dumb are we supposed to be? What conceivable reason would there be for Iran to attack the United States? There is too much belief in the infallibility of technology, alas, where Bibi may believe that the “Iron Dome” protects Israel and the Joint Chiefs may believe that satellite-mounted lasers and AEGIS cruiser electronic-warfare capabilities are going to prevail against even the sophisticated anti-ship missiles in the Iranian arsenal. The use of an Israeli sub to sink the USS Enterprise and blame Iran gives Obama his “free pass” for committing the greatest atrocity in human history. Estimates have an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities at 1,000,000 dead outright and another 35,000,000 premature deaths as the contamination spreads across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. But that is not counting the additional millions of US citizens in response. Situation Assessment My best guess is that Pieczenik is honest as the day is long but has been induced to believe the US won’t go along, whereas we are already taking measures in anticipation of a retaliatory nuclear assault. Bibi’s assassination might stop it in its tracks, but I doubt that will happen. The Israel’s are going to torpedo an old ship, ready for the scrap-heap, the Iranians and the Russians will respond and most of us are going to be casualties in the greatest nightmare to befall the human race. It will fulfill Curtis Lemay’s fondest wish in believing that a nuclear war is “winnable”, but I think JFK got it right when he surmised that would be a war in which the living will envy the dead. I wish it were otherwise and hope that I am wrong, but that is how I see it. Pieczenik is not being allowed back on the air with Alex Jones. Our B-1 and B-2 bombers, I have been informed, have been transferred to within striking range of Iran–and the B-2s are now equipped with MOPs (Massive Ordnance Penetrators), 30,000 bombs designed for deep penetration before they explode. And Navy bases are taking steps to protect resources that would be damaged by air-borne detonations during an expected nuclear retaliation. My belief is that an assault has been planned for 25 September 2012, Yom Kippur, to launch the Jewish holy day in spectacular fashion. Iran and Russia (and possibly China, too) are going to retaliate with a massive response. We in the USA are not going to be spared. There is still the grotesque attitude among military minds that nuclear wars are “winnable”. Every human being, not just every American, should be required to watch “Dr. Strangelove” annually as a reminder of its complete insanity. In addition to the hysterical ravings of Ed Koch, the GOP appears to want to Carterize Barack Obama by saddling him with difficulties in the Middle East that parallel the Iranian hostage crisis that cost him the election with Ronald Reagan, which is why Mitt Romney has been placing so many of his eggs in the foreign policy basket. He and Bibbi turn out to be close friends, where Netanyahu may believe that he will be in the position to dictate US foreign policy if Romney should be elected. How many Americans fall for this rubbish may be difficult to calculate, but it is not difficult to discern that Ed Koch is playing a propagandistic role here in attempting to induce the false belief that Iran poses a threat to the US and Israel, when it is the US and Israel that pose a threat to Iran–and to their own nation’s residents. Iran has never threatened “to wipe Israel off the map” and the general was obviously discussing a response to an attack upon Iran by Israel and not reiterating a deliberate mistranslation that has been used as an instrument of disinformation for far too long. THE INTERVIEW WITH STEVE PIECZENIK: WWIII Starts 25 September 2012 September 18th, 2012by Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul Steve Pieczenik Speaking with Infowars’ Alex Jones, former Assistant Deputy Secretary of StateDr. Steve Pieczenik says Israel plans to attack Iran before the U.S. elections of Nov. 6., and, that an attack on Iran will assuredly kickoff WWIII, according to him. Moreover, Pieczenik, a man whose career inspired the character Jack Ryan of the Tom Clancy book series, says the ‘October Surprise’ will not take place in October. Instead, the big surprise will come earlier, in late September. Dr. Pieczenik says the specific date of the strike on Iran is Sept. 25th or 26th, Yom Kippur—the Jewish holiday, which commences in the year 2012 at sundown on the 25th, and ends at nightfall, the following day. “It [an Israeli attack on Iran] could be earlier than October, because we have Yom Kippur. And I predicted on your radio show, and I predicted to our national security people, privately, that Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu would start something on Rosh Hashanah,” says Pieczenick. “This [prediction] was over a year ago, and I said it on your radio show. He was as predictable as a clock, and the Israelis will be very predictable, on Yom Kippur,” he adds. Pieczenik says it’s clear to him that Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu has already planned to attack Iran and has been desperately trying to enlist the U.S. to back him up. But, with or without U.S. direct help, Pieczenik is certain that Israel will attack Iran. Moreover, he says Netanyahu is an extremest, who will “lie” for his personal and selfish cause, a conclusion also drawn by many Israelis who protest his regime. “Everything Bibi is saying to the Americans and the American Jews is an absolute, unmitigated lie,” Pieczenik, a Jew, himself, says forcefully, “What we have here is a collusion between Saudi Arabia, neocon Jews of America and Israel, against a president, who, whether I like or dislike, and may have lied about Osama Bin Laden,” he adds, “he [President Obama] is the son . . . a son of a CIA operative, the grandson of a CIA operative, who understands very well what the issues of intelligence are.” Benjamin Netanyahu With help from his neocon friends, Netanyahu threatens the entire world with the suicidal notion that Iran must be attacked, and the Israeli prime minister must be stopped, even if it means assassination, according to Pieczenik “In a couple of weeks, they [Israel, Saudi and neocons] will try to initiate another war, unless their ex-Mossad operatives and their ex-Shin Bet will take out Netanyahu, and do to Netanyahu what happened to Rabin,” exclaims Pieczenik. “They know what I’m talking about. Otherwise he will bring down Israel, the world, and there will be a third world war.” He also says, “What we are, is [sic] at the brink of war, that is being precipitated by two major countries. That is, Israel, particularly Bibi Netanyahu, who knows his country is failing economically, socially, politically.” And the other country is “Saudi Arabia.” Pieczenik says the Israelis, Saudis and neocons were behind the 9/11 attacks, an accusation also made some years ago by many researchers of the incident. Once considered a crazy idea forwarded by some ‘conspiracy theorists’, who seek to see a conspiracy in every major world event, the conspiracy theorists have been mostly vilified, though no reinvestigation of the 9/11 incident has been seriously proposed by any member of Congress. Today, the ‘conspiracy theory’, or ‘inside job’ theory, appears to be much, much closer to ‘fact’ than the account of that day was published through the official Congressional report of 9/11, giving rise to a strong possibility of a Mossad, Saudi and neocon conspiracy to carryout a false-flag attack on the United States and blame the crime on Osama bin Laden, Iraq and Afghanistan. Given evidence of Mossad’s checkered past and involvement with the attack of the USS Liberty on Jun. 8, 1967, killing 34 American soldiers, Pieczenik comments won’t be received as a big surprise to many Americans. I want Netanyahu to “begin telling the truth, that the involvement of Israel was, in 9/11” says Pieczenik. “Over 134 Mossad operatives were picked up on 9/11. The FBI picked them up [and] debriefed them. They were clearly involved with the Pakistani ISI and Saudi Arabian intelligence” on 9-11. [See "James H. Fetzer: Mossad Played Crucial Role in 9/11 Attacks".] Christopher Steven And, as far as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Steven: he was murdered by the Israeli, Saudi Arabia and Zionist neocons cabal, according to Pieczenik. [See "'Innocence of Muslims, the GOP and World War III".]“The killing of the ambassador is to precipitate war, so that Israel can finally get into Iran and try to destroy Iran,” he says. “It will be the beginning of the end of Israel. It’s Armageddon for Israel,” if it attacks Iran.“The Pentagon source informed me the distance between the Libyan embassy, where the ambassador was, and where the rioters were, was so large, and two days of delay in response . . ., simply that they [the killers of Stevens and three other embassy employees] were professionals ready to take out our ambassador,” he adds, and with the “approval from Saudi Arabia.”Adding to Saudi Arabia’s involvement of the two-plane demolition job in NY City, the crash of another alleged plane into the Pentagon, and the alleged downing of another plane into the woodlands of Pennsylvania, he says, “Saudi Arabia and Israel are twins. . . . There’s no way you can separate Israel from Saudi Arabia, or Saudi Arabia from Israel. They go back all the way to 9/11.”[But see "9/11 Truth will out: The Vancouver Hearings I" and "9/11 Truth will out: The Vancouver Hearings II".] Then the subject of the killing of alleged mastermind of 9/11, Osama bin Laden. According to Pieczenik, the account of Navy Seal Admiral William McRaven and President Obama regarding bin Laden’s death in Pakistan is another unmitigated “lie.” Osama bin Laden “Then we get to the issue of Osama Bin Laden, which Obama said incorrectly and lied to the public that Osama Bin Laden was killed by Seal Team 6,” states Pieczenik. “Admiral McRaven had lied, repeatedly—unfortunately, a decent admiral, but for whatever reason he repeatedly insisted on saying Seal Team 6 killed Osama Bin Laden.”Pieczenik says Bin Laden had already been dead, and McRaven had known that. [See "Osama bin Laden: 1957-2001".]And the names that came out of 9-11 unofficial investigation are, what Pieczenik calls, the “neocon chicken hawks” of “Paul Wolfowitz, Elliot Abrams and Michael Chertoff.”He adds, “Chernoff, the Chernoff Group, which is nothing more than a cover for the CIA and FBI, run by Charles Allen, a former CIA operative.” Moreover, U.S. intelligence was behind the uprising in Libya, the assassination of Libyan president Muammar al-Gaddafi, and the murder of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, according to Pieczenik. “Why this particular ambassador,” Pieczenik asks, rhetorically. “I think it’s very important for your audience to understand . . . Stevens was an ‘Arabist’. . . ” He goes on to explain to the Infowars listeners that so-called Arabists are experts of Arabic culture, language and Arab history. But, these State Dept. professionals also could pose a threat to Israel’s ongoing propaganda war in a long-standing effort to elicit sympathy for the Jewish state. Israel is no friend of America, according to Pieczenik. He says, “From a geopolitical point of view, Israel is a strategic liability and has been a strategic liability for over 20 years. Since 1968, we have had no need for Israel other than the fact it covered us under the Soviet Union on the eastern, southern and northern flank.” Barack Hussein Obama Presently, Israel is engaged in an all-out “provocation propaganda” campaign, according to Pieczenik, with the knee-jerk accusation from Netanyahu of Iranian involvement in the tourist bus explosion in Bulgaria, as the most recent and egregious example. The Bulgarian bus bomb incident is still under investigation. But the Obama Administration won’t bite to being drawn into another unpopular war—following the failures, war crimes and lies surrounding the attack of Iraq and Afghanistan by the Bush Administration. [NOTE: This, I believe, is false: "'Innocence of Muslims', the GOP and World War III".]“Netanyahu has no idea that Petreus will not save him; Dempsey will not save him; our Navy will not save him; McRaven will not save him; neither will Obama,” states Pieczenik.“He cannot get that message through, so he’s pushing this through until he kills one of our ambassadors, precipitate what we call ‘provocation propaganda’, only with the approval of Saudi Arabia.”Yom Kippur falls on the dates Sept. 25 and 26. Watch for those dates, says Pieczenik.

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Day of Shame- September 21, 2012

A week ago, four american heroes were assassinated in Libya.  Forty years ago, almost to the day, twice that number of American diplomats, intelligence operatives and Foreign Service Officers were brutally murdered in Tehran, Iran by a terrorist group called the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK).  The name means "People's Holy Warrior of Iran".

How do I know this?  I was there. I was present at the assassination along with my INR chief, who briefed me on every aspect of the MEK assassination activities.  As deputy assistant secretary of state,  I helped to develop strategy and tactics for the office of counter terrorism.  At the time, I truly believed I was serving my country and saving American lives.  Now, I have to admit that I was defeated and swallowed up by the incredible propaganda monster that was and is fueled by lies, distortions, greed and self-aggrandizement.

 Many years later, that propaganda machine has succeeded in "delisting" the MEK as a terrorist organization.  I am outraged that our civilian and military leadership, along with the DC lobbying firm (DiGenova & Toensing) has deemed that the MEK is no longer a threat….and according to Victoria Toensing,  the "MEK has given up violence"  Ironically,  its on the watch of Secretary of State Clinton that the MEK is "delisted" when it was her husband, President Clinton, who put the MEK on the Foreign Terrorist Organization List (FTO).  That's what lots of money and powerful friends in high places can do……erase murder.

Like most Americans, I feel betrayed by our corrupt political, financial, military and intelligence systems that seem to have been blown off course since at least the time of September 11, 2001.  I ask once again the question that was asked of the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy, "Have we no shame?"

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Catalonia Financial Resistance: Second Spanish Civil War

Twenty years ago I wrote in one of Tom Clancy’s Op Center books called “Balance of Power” how the government of Spain , headquartered in Madrid , would eventually fall apart because of the indomitable resistance of the formidable Catalonians and their incessant cry for independence. Today, as the Spanish Central Government is in trouble once again for the umpteenth time , the bureaucrats of Madrid are demanding that Barcelona, the epicenter of the Catalonian Independence Movement, pay up. But Catalonia refuses to pay close to forty per cent of the GDP for the inexcusable bail out of the financially  precarious state called, “Spain”. If one wonders where the Spanish money disappeared , one only has to look at all the flight capital that escaped to Latin America and the United States, especially Florida [ City National Bank Of Florida and TotalBank].
However my personal and professional interest in Spain and the Spanish Civil War started many decades ago when I lived and worked in a wholesale store in Toulouse, France, located on the border of Spain, right next to Barcelona where I would vacation on weekends. In that beautiful Medieval town where scores of Spanish refugees,  particularly  Catalonians fleeing from Franco’s brutal repression: 1939-1975. Without having to go into the particulars of the Spanish Civil War, precipitated by Franco’s North African Spanish Troops, hundreds of thousands of Spaniards  died on all sides—Catholic Priests, nuns, Republicans, Abraham Lincoln Brigade , Soviets, and many more parties. It was in that war where the Nazis developed their Blitzkreig and Stuka Diving techniques, to be used later in World War II, decimating innocent civilians in Guernica , Madrid, and Barcelona. 
Under Franco , who by the way was never condemned for war crimes and continued to reign well into the 20th century, the Catalonians were placed, in effect, under Martial Law. In Barcelona as well as other regions of Catalonia, Franco eliminated the ‘statute of autonomy’ , banned the Catalonian institutions of language, culture and free press. In short, against their own wishes, Catalonians were forced after passed failures of historical hegemony to be incorporated into an entity called “Spain”.  Thousands of Catalonians were killed and tortured , among them the former president of the Generalitat Lluis Company’s i Jover. 
Why do I call “Spain” an illegitimate state? Because historically as I had pointed out in my novel “Balance Of Power”, Spain was historically amalgamated by former miscreants, taking areas of land adjacent land to France  like the Basque region where like Catalonia [Barcelona] , Spanish is not their primary language or culture. So in effect, if the Basque region which has fought previously for it’s independence and Barcelona secede from Madrid, there is de facto ‘no spain’. The regions south of Madrid are nothing more than extensions of North Africa, desert wasteland, conquered by the Moors, which were and are  are extremely impoverished. So between the hypertrophied  vital economy of Barcelona as well as the hardworking, ingenious  Basques, Madrid cannot legitimately exist without their respective monetary donations. And in my opinion, I think that neither Barcelona nor the Basque s should pay the debts of wastrel Madrid. 
 I write this blog at this particular time in history because I feel it’s propitious for the Spanish government to come to terms with it’s perfidious history of having been complicit in silencing the truth about the Spanish War and how the consequences of that war still scar the citizens of Spain and those who were involved with it, like me and my family. Also in a recent trip to Spain , I saw how spoiled and  lazy the Spanish citizenry especially in Madrid,  encouraged by a government to engaged in  corrupt, wasteful activities  where there was literally fifty per cent unemployment in the youth because the state did and would not create sufficient jobs. A government that defaults on both it’s fiduciary and psychological responsibilities has committed it’s own vivisection through lies, betrayals, distortions , cronyism, and worst of all an inability to integrate the pains of the past into the present culture.  It’s a pity that I finally found a movie illustrating  Spain’s recent history tucked away in the Museum of Modern Art.  The only place to see the famous film on Franco’s atrocities in a city where  no one wants to talk about the past.
 So on this day, when Catalonians in Barcelona and elsewhere refuse to pay for Madrid’s ineptness , I say to them what our brave New Hampshire ‘terrorist', General John Stark,  proclaimed in act of a similar defiance to the oppressive demands of the English King ,  “Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils! !”  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Japan’s War Crimes Still Torture China

Twenty years ago when I uncovered the atrocities of Japan’s infamous biological warfare Unit 731  and how it developed biological weapons consisting of anthrax, bubonic plague, vivisection, weapons which were tested on live innocent Chinese civilians, Koreans, Russians and American, British, and Dutch Soldiers, I used the information to build the basic story of one of my first novels—Blood Heat. To my surprise, that book was banned by Japan for the past two decades and still remains on the list of  forbidden readings by the Japanese Government. But now that I witness an incident that is occurring between China and Japan over three islands called the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands off the coast of China, I am compelled to  write my first blog about the real underlying causes of the Chinese /Japanese crises that has nothing to do with geography. 
It is a sad, tragic tale of a human atrocity committed by the Japanese Unit 731 under the direct supervision of General Shiro Ishii , chief medical officer of the Japanese Army and the protégé of Army Minister Sadao Araki. Unit 731 killed over 400,000 innocent Chinese children, women, men –primarily civilians—by inoculating these people all over China with diseases disguised as vaccinations. These diseases, as I describe in detail in Blood Heat, included the Bubonic Plague, Tularemia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, all in the name of medical experimentation. Unit731 as well as Unit 1644 and Unit 100 were expanded into an official division of the Kwantung Army,  officially known as Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department under the direct authorization of the self-described biologist Emperor Hirohito whom history described as ‘interested in butterflies’. 
In 1936,  the nefarious Emperor Hirohito  personally  decreed the creation of the aforementioned unit to be part of the Kwantung Army located in all parts of China including: Pingfang, Harbin, Ningbo, Chande, and other cities in Hunan Province as  well as the Fujan Province.  
 I found out through documents that the following Japanese officials were implicated in this buried massive atrocity: Directly implicated in these war crimes  were Emperor Hirohito, Lieutenant General Shiro Ishii, Lieutenant Colonel Ryocihi Naito, founder of the pharmaceutical company Green Cross, Yoshio Shinozuka, and Yasuj Kaneko as well as 1000 other Japanese Medical Officers who were subsequently transferred into major Japanese pharmaceutical companies like Essai. 
But to my surprise, not one of the was  convicted like the Nazis had been in a Nuremberg Court Trial for crimes committed against humanity. Why? 
I could not find the answer until  I discovered the fact that the truth was purposefully hidden by the US and Allied Countries for reasons that you will soon find out.  
Some declassified documents and Russian war trial transcripts revealed that General Douglas Mac Arthur, as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, had transmitted through what it is known as ‘back channel’ intelligence communication that  ‘additional data’ from Ishii could be useful for US Army efforts at developing biological warfare. And so, as I portrayed in my novel , Blood Heat, where most of the action takes place, Fort Detrick located presently in  Frederick , Maryland was founded for the study of ‘defensive biological weapons’ of war.  In turn, Ishii was brought to America and he and the 1000 war criminals , including Emperor Hirohito, received complete immunity by the illegal actions of the General Douglas MacArthur and the US Military and the evidence of “War Crimes’ was never employed to indict any war criminals as the Nazis had been.  The action of granting complete immunity to everyone involved in ‘biological warfare, vivisection, torture, and other experiments’  was completed by 1948. The medical professionals of Unit 731  went on to become prominent Japanese politicians, academics,  businessmen  medical university professors, and founders and leaders of Japanese pharmaceutical companies. 
So the immoral conclusion of an amoral act has gone back to haunt the Japanese, the Chinese, as well as  the woefully incompetent  American civilian and military leaders trying to mediate a conflict to which  they were the collusive descendants and partners, having hidden the truth from their own people and the world, for over half a century. 
Until the day that the Emperor of Japan will arouse his courage and sense of morality to personally visit China and  all the other countries whose prisoners were tortured by Unit 731 [including South East Asian countries,  America, Britain, Canada, Holland, Australia, Russia, etc] and personally as a representative of the people of Japan and his inglorious ancestor, Emperor Hirohito, and ask for forgiveness and apologize to those victims and the families of those victims, will there be no peace for Japan. It will be doomed forever as a country of infamy. And all of our misplaced good intentions and past hypocrisies will compound the tragedy of the past into a unyielding conundrum for the future, never to be resolved by warships, diplomats, or ‘spheres of influence’. The truth must be revealed on all sides and then will there be a chance for peace in that region of the world. There is no other alternative. For continued silence will break into the cacophony of riots and civil disobedience. Only truth can relieve the forbearance of chaos.     

Okay, no Alex Jones today!  Just got a call from info wars, canceling my interview.  I think Alex was intimidated by the very people and organizations that we were talking about.  Stay tuned, more to come.

Monday, September 17, 2012

This is my first blog so please forgive me for any typos etc.  What I write and say is very serious yet I do not take myself that seriously.  Please listen to me tomorrow at 1:30PM EST on Alex Jones Infowars. I will be discussing the latest happenings in the Middle East as well as the developing conflict between China/Japan....which I wrote about 20+ years ago in my novel BLOODHEAT.  All my novels will soon be available in ebook format.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Welcome to the official blog of Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, Ph.D., critically acclaimed author of psycho-political thrillers and the co-creator of the New York Times best-selling "Tom Clancy's Op-Center" and "Tom Clancy's Net Force" book series. He is also one of the world's most experienced international crisis managers and hostage negotiators. His novels are based on his twenty years experience in resolving international crises for four U.S. administrations.

Dr. Pieczenik trained in Psychiatry at Harvard and has both an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and a Ph.D. in International Relations from M.I.T. He was the first psychiatrist ever to receive a PhD. focusing on international relations. He served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and/or Senior Policy Planner under Secretaries Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, George Schultz and James Baker.

During his career as a senior State Department official, Dr. Pieczenik utilized his unique abilities and expertise to develop strategies and tactics that were instrumental in resolving major conflicts in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and the United States.

Dr. Pieczenik was the principal International Crisis Manager and Hostage Negotiator under Secretaries Kissinger and Vance. During this time he developed conflict resolution techniques that were instrumental in saving over five hundred hostages in different terrorist episodes, including the Hanafi Moslem Seizure in Washington, DC, the TWA Croatian Hijacking, the Aldo Moro Kidnapping, the JRA Hijacking, the PLO Hijacking, and many other incidents involving terrorists such as Idi Amin, Muammar Quaddafi, Carlos, FARC, Abu Nidal and Saddam Hussein.

Dr. Pieczenik helped develop negotiation strategies for major U.S.- Soviet arms control summits under the Reagan administration. He was also involved in advising senior officials on important psycho-political dynamics and conflict mediation strategies for President Carter's successful Camp David Peace Conference. In 1991, Dr. Pieczenik was a chief architect of the Cambodian Peace Conference in Paris. He is currently an advisor to the Department of Defense.

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