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CIA Conspiracy Theorist

Michael Scheuer knows where America's real covert intelligence threat comes from--Israel.

11:00 PM, Feb 15, 2005 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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Despite a consistent pattern of aiding Muslims and Arabs around the world, Scheuer accepts their contrived grievance that somehow U.S. support for Israel is an unpardonable sin. In a rambling passage from Imperial Hubris Scheuer rails against the U.S.-Israeli relationship and "congratulates" Israel on its unprecedented success,

Surely there can be no other historical example of a faraway, theocracy-in-all-but-name of only six million people that ultimately controls the extent and even the occurrence of an important portion of political discourse and national security debate in a country of 270-plus million people that prides itself on religious toleration, separation of church and state, and freedom of speech. In a nation that long ago rejected an established church as inimical to democratic society, Washington yearly pumps more than three billion taxpayer dollars into a nation that defiantly proclaims itself "the Jewish state" and a democracy--claims hard to reconcile with its treatment of Muslims in Israel, its limitations on political choice for those in the occupied territories, and the eternal exile it has enforced on those camped in the refugee diaspora across the Levant. [emphasis added]

Scheuer does not stop there. He writes that al Qaeda's view of the U.S.-Israeli relationship "does not seem too far off the mark when it describes the U.S.-Israel relationship as a detriment to America" and approvingly cites a piece of al Qaeda propaganda that reads, in part, "[t]he close link between America and the Zionist entity is in itself a curse for America."

He further describes America's relationship with Israel as "one that drains resources, earns Muslim hatred, and serves no vital U.S. national interest." In a manner similar to his comments in New York City earlier this month, he also painted the U.S. as a gullible victim of Israel's malevolent designs. He wrote, "[i]n an astounding and historically unprecedented manner, the Israelis have succeeded in lacing tight the ropes binding the American Gulliver to the tiny Jewish state and its policies . . . "

Without a hint of irony, as he offered his views on the U.S.-Israeli relationship to an audience at the most prestigious foreign policy institute in the country, Scheuer lamented, "I always have thought that there's nothing too dangerous to talk about in America, that there shouldn't be anything [sic--transcript]. And it happens that Israel is the one thing that seems to be too dangerous to talk about." He further bemoaned, "[a]nd I certainly, as an American, find it unbearable to think there's something in this country you can't talk about."

Even Israel's decision to build a protective wall, an impediment to further suicide bomber attacks, does not escape Scheuer's invective critique. Remarkably, Scheuer's view even builds upon al Qaeda's rhotomontade concerning its leader's international stature. He again approvingly cites a piece of al Qaeda's propaganda that describes Osama bin Laden as, "a symbol of the oppressed east and west, even for non-Muslims." But, this time he adds,

A symbol, one might add, whose luster is only enhanced by the arrogant racism symbolized by the wall Israel is building to separate Jews from Muslims, and our own obtuseness in seeing the wall as a means of Israeli self-protection and not, as Muslims see it, as further persecution of the Palestinians twined with yet another Israeli land grab.

In Scheuer's view, therefore, Israel exercising its right to self-defense is really a racist land grab that simply enhances the stature of our enemy.

In Imperial Hubris, Scheuer previously warned of the "dangers" of questioning the U.S.-Israeli relationship,

There is certainly not a more difficult or dangerous issue to debate in the field of postwar U.S. foreign policy. The American political and social landscape is littered with the battered individuals--most recently the president of the United States--who dared to criticize Israel, or, even more heretically, to question the value to U.S. national interests of the country's overwhelmingly one-way alliance with Israel. Almost every speaker is immediately branded anti-Semitic and consigned to the netherworld of American politics, as if concerns about U.S. national security are prima facie void if they involve any questioning of the U.S.-Israel status quo.

So, not only has Israel "covertly" targeted the U.S. Congress, used the Holocaust Museum to make Americans "feel guilty," controlled the "the extent and even the occurrence of an important portion of political discourse [in the U.S.]," but it has also made it exceedingly "dangerous" for Scheuer to discuss this grand scheme.