- By Marlin6
There are three mid-level bureaucrats, one in each of the last three administrations, who did incalculable damage to our country. Their decisions and statements were not countermanded by their superiors until the events had taken place and it was too late.
The first is April Glaspie, Ambassador to Iraq in the George H. W. Bush administration. In a meeting with Saddam Hussein on July 25 1990, eight days before the August 2 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, she said the following: “We have no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. The Kuwait issue is not associated with America.” (Saddam smiled). Later, a British journalist said to her, “You encouraged this aggression – his invasion. What were you thinking?” She replied, “I wasn’t thinking, none of us were thinking.” With this meeting, Saddam thought he had a green light to invade Kuwait. Maybe the war didn’t have to happen.
The second is Jamie Gorelick, Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton administration. In a 1995 Justice Department directive, she constructed a “Wall of Separation” that barred intelligence sharing between the FBI and CIA, to protect civil rights of terrorist suspects. An example is Zacarias Moussaoui, the 19th 9/11 terrorist. FBI agents in Minneapolis questioned him on August 15, 2001, and asked to read the files on his laptop. He refused. The counter terrorism section in Washington, D.C. would not seek a warrant because his last name was common in France. Without her order, communications between the FBI and CIA may have prevented the 9/11 attacks. Later, unfortunately, she was allowed to sit on the 9/11 Commission.
The third is Paul Bremer, U.S. Administrator of Iraq in the George W. Bush administration. In an order issued on May 16 2003, he stipulated that Ba’th party members holding senior ranks would be banned from public sector employment. Thousands suddenly found themselves unemployed and alienated. Simultaneously with this order, the army was disbanded, leaving about 400,000 soldiers jobless. In the following months, the lack of a military permitted the looting of national banks, museums, and libraries. These two orders together had far reaching effects on Iraq’s future, by helping to bring into being the insurgency that has caused us so much blood, time, and treasure.
These three individuals changed the course of history. Have we learned anything?
Tagged: “Wall of Separation”, 1995 Justice Department directive, 9/11 Commission, April Glaspie, Ba’th party, CIA, civil rights of terrorist, Clinton administration, Deputy Attorney General, FBI, George H. W. Bush, Jamie Gorelick, Kuwait, mid-level bureaucrats, Paul Bremer, Saddam Hussein, U.S. Administrator of Iraq, Zacarias Moussaoui.