The Manipulation of The American Military By The Muslim Brotherhood
by Randall Stevens
Caution: Reading the following may lead to elevated blood pressure.
In an article published in the London Review of Books, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Seymour Hersh (of My Lai and, more recently, Abu Ghraib fame), explains recent two foreign policy mysteries to American readers. The piece, The Red Line and the Rat Line is based on interviews with intelligence sources and consultants, and it connects the dots between between these two mysteries, and explains how they are related. What emerges is a clear picture of American cooperation, at the highest levels, with Turkey and Qatar, the foremost sponsors of the Arab Spring (see links). The Arab Spring was a geopolitical program designed to ensure the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and the proliferation of al Qaeda in the Middle East.
The first mystery is Benghazi, and what was really going on at that compound that led to the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. According to Hersh, the CIA was operating a gun-running ring, collecting Gaddafi’s weapons and sending them into Syria to the rebels to fight Bashar Assad. This is consistent with some early reports following the incidents, including comments by Senator Rand Paul and anexpose by Glenn Beck. Writes Hersh:
“The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida.”
What Hersh’s piece plainly conveys is that the CIA, authorized by President Barack Obama, was moving Libyan weapons into Syria in order to overthrow the (Russian-backed) government of Bashar al-Assad, a Christian-friendly Alawi. They did this with the assistance and backing of Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, each with their own reasons for wanting to turn Syria into a fundamentalist Sunni (sharia)state.
First, let us deal with the questions relating to the Saudis. A few weeks ago, Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia wasfired/resigned(?) from his position of head of Saudi intelligence. Previously, Bandar, a very close friend of the Bush family (his nickname in the Beltway is Bandar Bush), had been Saudi ambassador to the United States for 22 years. It has been consistently reported that Bandar was in favor of supporting the Syrian rebels, who were and are teeming with Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda operatives. The Syrian insurgency, like the Libyan insurgency that overthrew Gaddafi with U.S. support, is, consistent with expectations, backed by Qatar and Turkey.
It will be recalled that Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, expelled Qatariambassadors in March. The reason that the Saudis et al. gave for the expulsion was that Qatar was actively seeking to overthrow their own governments: trying to bring the Arab Spring model of jihadi revolution to bear on their Gulf neighbors. Evidence for Qatari-American cooperation in the Arab Spring can be seen in the list ofdemands submitted by Saudi Arabia. These included the closing of two American think tanks with satellites in Doha – the Brookings Institution and the RAND Corporation (i.e., the think tank of the U.S. Department of Defense) – as well as the closure of (Muslim Brotherhood broadcaster) Al Jazeera.
Would Bandar, a friend of the Bush’s and a reliable American ally, really back the Qatari agenda of deposing Assad, when his King had just expelled the Qatari envoys from Saudi Arabia precisely due to their penchant for violent revolution? According to the Haaretz article linked above, it was Obama who demanded that Bandar go. Why would Obama, who openly supports the Syrian rebels, demand the firing of Bandar, if indeed he were on the same side of the conflict? Something does not add up. And it suggests that Qatar and Turkey, not Saudi Arabia, are the main forces behind the Arab Spring and the continued push to defeat Assad. (For a detailed report on Turkish and Qatari complicity in the Arab Spring, see here.)
National Logistics Cell, AKA Rat Line, Inc.
If it seems hard to believe that the United States would transit Gaddafi’s weapons to Al Qaeda & Co. in Syria, there are at least few compelling reasons to suspect why this may be. As they say, round up the usual suspects. In this case they are Qatar, Turkey, and the perennial backer of Islamic terror, Pakistan. Each of these countries is run by the Muslim Brotherhood, and the United States, and definitely Obama, considers each a close ally in its own right. (Turkey is even a NATO member.) The nexus of terrorism through the Muslim Brotherhood that connects these three countries explains clearly why and how the United States, under Barack Obama, got into the nefarious business of gun running to the same groups of terrorists who orchestrated and carried out the attacks of 9/11/2001, and 9/11/2012.
Meet the National Logistics Cell. The NLC is a state-owned entity of the Pakistani government, originally chartered to provide logistical support for the development of nuclear weapons. It is, essentially, a tool of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and it serves an important business function. The National Logistics Cell is used tosmuggle refined heroin. Considering that virtually all the world’s heroin can be sourced to Afghanistan, is it hard to see where this bread crumb trail leads? Why of course, right to the Taliban.
For the National Logistics Cell, transporting opium is nothing new. As far back as 1985, the Pakistani news magazine the Herald reported that “the drug is carried in NLC trucks which come sealed from the NWFP (North West Frontier Province) and are never checked by police” (footnote 28). But when, specifically, did the Taliban get involved?
According to Gretchen Peters in her book, Seeds of Terror: How Heroin is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda, in mid-October 2004: “Observers and historians tend to agree this was the moment when Pakistan threw its chips in with the Taliban. Later that month, a thirty-truck convoy from Pakistan’s National Logistics Cell – the same military owned trucking firm that funneled arms to mujahideen and reportedly transported heroin out – set off from Quetta for Turkmenistan carrying medical supplies. The ISI’s most experienced Afghan hand, Colonel Imam, led the operation.”
In short, the National Logistic Cell are professional narcotics smugglers for the Taliban, operating under the aegis and to be benefit of the the Pakistani government. Their best-selling product in heroin, and the money is used to fund terror. To deny this is to deny nearly 30 years of documented history. It’s a fact we have to accept.
America’s Bases, and other military interests, in Qatar
The largest American military footprint in the Middle East is in Qatar, outside of the capital city of Doha. The tiny country, which is home to the Muslim Brotherhood and their propaganda network, al Jazeera, is also home to Al Udeid airbase, south of Doha, and Camp As Sayliyah, the largest pre-positioning base outside the United States, and home of CENTCOM in the region.
According to a report published by the Congressional Research Service:
“The Al Udeid airbase south of Doha, the Qatari capital, serves as a logistics, command, and basing hub for U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearby Camp As Sayliyah houses significant U.S. military equipment pre-positioning and command facilities for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations. Qatar invested over $1 billion to construct the Al Udeid air base during the 1990s; it did not have an air force of its own at the time… The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (P.L. 110-417) authorizes $69.6 million in FY2009 spending to build new Air Force and Special Operations facilities. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (P.L. 111-84) authorizes $60 million in FY2010 spending to build new Air Force recreational and dormitory facilities at Al Udeid. The Administration’s FY2011 military construction request for Qatar is $64.3 million.”
It is appropriate, at this time, to note that Qatar was deemed the least cooperative of all countries in the region for counterterrorism – worse than Saudi Arabia, worse than Iran, worse than Pakistan. Yes, according to diplomaticcables, Qatar had the “worst” record in the region. Of course, this should not be surprising, as 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was on Qatari payroll.
Which makes it all the more interesting that last month Qatar has been awarded billions upon billions of dollars in contracts with American and American-allied companies. In March 2014 alone, Qatar inked a $23 billion arms deal which included:
- $7.6 billion with American companies, including Boeing, which is selling the Muslim Brotherhood host nation 24 Apache attack helicopters
- $2 billion worth of Patriot missiles from Raytheon
- Contracts with Boeing, for 737 airborne early warning and control aircraft
- Contracts with Lockheed Martin, for missile technology