Gatesgate, Part I: The Man Who Created Bin Ladin

SecDef nomineeRobert Gates helped make Osama bin Ladin the man he is today, going so far as to lie to Saint Ronnie in order to insure that CIA funds continued to flow bin Ladin’s way.

As his unclassified CIA biography states, bin Laden left Saudi Arabia to fight the Soviet army in Afghanistan after Moscow’s invasion in 1979. By 1984, he was running a front organization known as Maktab al-Khidamar – the MAK – which funneled money, arms and fighters from the outside world into the Afghan war.

What the CIA bio conveniently fails to specify (in its unclassified form, at least) is that the MAK was nurtured by Pakistan’s state security services, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, the CIA’s primary conduit for conducting the covert war against Moscow’s occupation.


[T]he CIA, concerned about the factionalism of Afghanistan made famous by Rudyard Kipling, found that Arab zealots who flocked to aid the Afghans were easier to “read” than the rivalry-ridden natives. While the Arab volunteers might well prove troublesome later, the agency reasoned, they at least were one-dimensionally anti-Soviet for now. So bin Laden, along with a small group of Islamic militants from Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestinian refugee camps all over the Middle East, became the “reliable” partners of the CIA in its war against Moscow.


The CIA, ever mindful of the need to justify its “mission,” had conclusive evidence by the mid-1980s of the deepening crisis of infrastructure within the Soviet Union. The CIA, as its deputy director Robert Gates acknowledged under congressional questioning in 1992, had decided to keep that evidence from President Reagan and his top advisors and instead continued to grossly exaggerate Soviet military and technological capabilities in its annual “Soviet Military Power” report right up to 1990.

Given that context, a decision was made to provide America’s potential enemies with the arms, money – and most importantly – the knowledge of how to run a war of attrition violent and well-organized enough to humble a superpower.

That decision is coming home to roost.

Hell, Bob Gates evenbragged about his role in creating Osama.

In a speech in 1999, Mr Gates said that its most important role was in Afghanistan.

“CIA had important successes in covert action. Perhaps the most consequential of all was Afghanistan where CIA, with its management, funnelled billions of dollars in supplies and weapons to the mujahideen, and the resistance was thus able to fight the vaunted Soviet army to a standoff and eventually force a political decision to withdraw,” he said.

9 thoughts on “Gatesgate, Part I: The Man Who Created Bin Ladin

  1. I don’t think this is really a surprise, is it? We knew all along that the CIA financed the mujahedeens, led by Osama.
    But, as I said at the Crackden, this has been Bush’s plan all along–he brings in Gates, close personal friend of Bin Laden, and Gates will lure his old pal out of hiding and into the open, repentent and cowed.

  2. One of the primary qualifications for appointment to the Bush administration is a record of failure. That record isn’t supposed to top that of the big dog, but such a record is a requirement. So, Gates is imminently qualified to join the administration. Now that we control the Senate, there may be a few questions about why the strange requirement. But, don’t count on it.

  3. Neato. The hearings should be fun.
    I’m still thinking that it’s possible that Liebermann will end up Secretary of Defense, so that Republican Gov. Rell can appoint a Republican to take his place in the Senate. My paranoia has not quite abated.

  4. I’m in the middle of reading “Kabul in Winter” by Ann Jones. It lays out in tragic detail the balls-up mess we’ve made in Afghanistan since the days of Reagan, through Bush I, and yes, through Clinton, culminating in Chimpy’s tour de force. Starting with Commie-mad Reagan, we’ve poured money and weapons for years into the hands of any mujhaddin who we thought would fight the Soviets. We ignored Massoud and his Northern Alliance, even though he begged us — including in a letter written directly to the US Senate — to stop fucking with the Soviets — who were GONE ALREADY — and focus on bin Laden and al Qaeda, not to mention Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, which have been playing us for fools for years, laughing up their sleeves at us the whole while, with Pakistan giving al Qaeda a place to hang its hat while the Saudis fund their operations. Massoud appears to have been the only one who had a fucking clue of what was really going on and at least some interest in stopping it. We ignored him, and al Qaeda assassinated him two days before 9/11, and here we are.
    Basically, we bear a significant responsibility for the current state of Afghanistan (and Iraq, of course) by having done our usual bull in a china shop routine, stomping around the world throwing money and guns every which way with no fucking clue about what was actually going on in any particular country.
    And yes, Clinton’s hands aren’t entirely clean on this one either.
    I can only read a few pages of the book at a time because it’s so fucking stupid, and tragic.
    I’m now onto a chapter about the fate of women in Afghanistan. It includes a cite from a 2001 Human Rights report, stating that 70% of Afghan women suffer from major depression, nearly two-thirds were suicidal, and 16% had already attempted suicide.” I remember being horrified by that report in 2001. I suspect things aren’t looking any rosier now.
    Oh, and the decades of war in Afghanistan have effectively cut the country’s population in half, between deaths and refugees. So there’s that.
    Yes, by all means, let’s let Mr. Gates get back on the job he was doing so well.

  5. Gates isn’t acceptable, but these innuendo pieces proliferating on the web are PATHETIC.
    What you are attacking is US foreign policy in Afghanistan, and that’s fine. Blaming it on Gates as if he invented it is absurd.
    • He ‘lied to’ Ronnie about Russia? Ronnie never heard anything negative about Russia he didn’t like.
    • He worked with the ISI? Wow, what a freakin’ surprise. Pakistan is the MOST dangerous state in the world, not Iran, and not N. Korea (and certainly not Iraq in 2001). The US association with the ISI is longstanding and disgusting, but it isn’t Gates’ personal fault.
    * Iran-Contra? Gates wasn’t chief — CASEY was. Iran-Contra was mainly an NSC cluster-fk, not CIA per se.
    Gates is GHWB vintage car parts, like Baker. He is not the Cheney wing (‘the crazies’). That doesn’t make him fit to run the Pentagon — but under the Boy Wonder, the Pentagon is screwed anyhow. Gates at least would be a stabilizing force — and with him, the imminent attack on Iran would probably be avoided. His nomination alone means that PNAC is dead.
    Gates is far from an ideologue dictator like Rumsfeld. He’s a net improvement — even if he should be opposed — just as ANYONE these bastards want to hire to try and extend their rule should be opposed.
    But these screeds against him are weak innuendo. What’s needed is a far stronger grasp of the issues, if you want to fight issues. We could do a lot worse than Gates, but that is obscured by a fight over his record that is to this point mostly feathers, and no beak or claws.

  6. Speaking of 9/11…
    One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying “We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]”. Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I’ve ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four “pilots” among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake “pilot” of the bunch. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports. These “hijackers” somehow managed to board all four airliners with their tickets, yet not even ONE got his name on any of the flight manifests. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn’t work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn’t work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won’t let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you “aren’t supposed to think about”. Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name, more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn’t respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn’t happen, not even close. Somehow these “hijackers” must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn’t have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were “supposed to see”. Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these “hijackers” wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn’t even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying “We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down” attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers’ magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be “Muslim hijackers” the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don’t laugh) one of their passports was “found” a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously “surviving” the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also “survived” the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be “indestructable” like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn’t bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the “official story” being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only “t
    estifying” together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their “testimonies” not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the “nineteen hijackers” is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.
    Debunking Popular Mechanics lies: someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap: still more debunking Poopular Mechanics: and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:
    Poopular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written: another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted: Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission “report”: N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed: F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11: Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:
    Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it: USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball: Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission: Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen: Firefighters tell of multiple explosions: Eyewitnesses tell of explosions: Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions: Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”: Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions: Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there: Cutter charge explosions clearly visible: The pyroclastic wave (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives: Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers: Freefall rate of “collapses” math: More about their freefall rate “collapses”: Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers: Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building: More Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):!.htm More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:!%20(9-11).htm Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape: More about the fake “Osama” tape: Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter: Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth: More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible: Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93: More about the impossible cell phone calls: Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at: Fake Barbara Olson phone call: Where the hell was the Air Force? More about the Air Force impotence question: Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news): Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan: Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned: More on Unocal Afghan pipeline: The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11: Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission: 9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day: The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined: Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism: Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence: Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media: Tracking the “hijackers”: “Hijacker” patsies: “Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station: No Arabs on Flight 77: Flight manifests (tell me if you find any Arabs): Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible: “Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland: Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website: Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

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