This interview was broadcast on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles on September 16th.
Michael Scheuer, 22-year veteran of the CIA and former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, discusses why Ron Paul is right on foreign policy and Rick Santorum is a “gasbag;” how US military occupations and support for Israel and autocratic Arab governments radicalize Muslims in a way our “degenerate” culture fails to; why the 9/11 Commission report is a whitewash; how the Bush and Obama administrations fulfilled Osama bin Laden’s goals for him; why the war of civilizations (if it happens) should be labeled “made by the Ivy League;” why Arab Spring reformist governments need to worry if the US will let them remain in power or not; and why US government officials act like the heirs of the French Revolution when they travel the world, spreading democracy at the barrel of a gun.
Michael Scheuer, 22-year veteran of the CIA and former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, discusses why terrorism is a predictable response to an interventionist US foreign policy; how Osama bin Laden lured the US into Afghanistan and radicalized a good portion of the Muslim world; how al-Qaeda’s influence has spread into Western countries through media-savvy English speaking Muslims; the more-or-less representative Islamic governments likely to sprout up after the Arab spring – if the US doesn’t undermine them like with Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union; why most American politicians steadfastly refuse to “know thy enemy” and continue fighting the war on terrorism from a position of ignorance; Ron Paul’s realistic view of foreign policy; why budding terrorists must be regularly killed off, thinned like weeds, else they overtake us; how Bill Clinton’s lust for arms deals and oil pipelines cost him the opportunity to kill OBL before 9/11; how the Israel lobby prevents an honest discussion of foreign policy; and a recommended reading list, including Peter Bergen’s The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda’s Leader, Amin Maalouf’s The Crusades Through Arab Eyes and James P. Duffy’s Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt: The Rivalry That Divided America.
Michael Scheuer, 22-year veteran of the CIA and former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, discusses the First Amendment’s non-universality as recently evidenced in Afghanistan – yet another reminder of the dangers in foreign occupations; the choice confronting Americans: pursue the same foreign policy and get endless war or step back and let Islamic countries fight amongst themselves and against Israel; why the current system of government is pointless, so long as it fails to put US interests first; UN Ambassador Susan Rice, President Obama and other “true believers” in spreading secular democracy at gunpoint; using the conflicts in Syria and Bahrain to provoke Iran militarily, and get the US into a backdoor war; and the 21st century imperialism redux that has the US, Britain and France bombing Libya.
Michael Scheuer, 22-year veteran of the CIA and former head analyst at the CIAâ€™s bin Laden unit, discusses the mostly-unknown motivation for 9/11: bin Ladenâ€™s 1996 fatwa, the U.S. mediaâ€™s Israel bias that prevents them from explaining the link between terrorism and foreign policy, the 14 missed chances to kill bin Laden from 1998 to 2001 including the Tora Bora escape, why Gen. Petaeusâ€™s political ambition and Obamaâ€™s face-saving guarantee that the failed Afghan War will muddle on, Pakistanâ€™s anger about Indiaâ€™s role in rebuilding Afghanistan, the history of failed civilian governments in Pakistan, the centrally connected operations of al Qaeda offshoots, the U.S. folly of pitting Christian Ethiopia against Islamic Somalia to effect regime change, how terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi could have been killed before the 2003 Iraq invasion instead of in 2006 and why U.S. energy dependence means paying for gasoline with the blood of soldiers.
Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIAâ€™s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, discusses the governmentâ€™s reliance on CIA covert action instead of conventional military force to protect the U.S., how the Congress and President fail to take meaningful action because they seek the adulation of the media and Europe,Â the wisdom in leaving Afghanistan ASAP and how Americans wonâ€™t realize their government isnâ€™t protecting them until Osama bin Laden attacks again.
Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIAâ€™s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, discusses the credibility of claims that al Qaeda is planning an attack bigger than 9/11, the logic behind suicide terrorism, why a quick withdrawal from Iraq is unlikely, how U.S. security agencies are hamstrung by porous borders and ports, the role of Nigerian oil in future U.S. intervention Somalia and why al Qaeda wanted Obama to win the presidency.
Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIAâ€™s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, discusses the likely view of Barack Obama and John McCainâ€™s foreign policy positions from al Qaedaâ€™s perspective, how developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq are too good to be true for them, the importance of the book Who Speaks for Islam, former DCI George Tenetâ€™s withholding of Scheuerâ€™s teamâ€™s report debunking accusations about Saddam Husseinâ€™s ties to al Qaeda before Powellâ€™s UN speech, the lies and omissions of the 9/11 commission and infighting between intelligence agencies in the run up to September 11th.
Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIAâ€™s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell, discusses the new revelations in Ron Suskindâ€™s new book about an alleged White House order behind the forged link between Saddam Hussein and Mohamed Atta and his work which debunked any real Iraq-al Qaeda connection in January of 2003.
â€œWell, you know, the only people taking â€˜marching ordersâ€™ from Osama bin Laden, as far as I can tell, are every presidential candidate, Mr. Clinton and Mr.Bush â€“ except Mr. Paul. Mr. Paul has it very square about what the motivation of our enemy is, and itâ€™s certainly exactly what he said it is, intervention. â€¦
â€œReally, it is the American political establishment that is marching to al Qaedaâ€™s beat, not Mr. Paul.â€
His view of the legitimacy of the new bin Laden tape and the mention of his book
His belief that current U.S. foreign policy is exactly what bin Laden wants and that Rep. Ron Paul M.D. has the best understanding of the enemy, their motivations and how to deal with them
The sad fact that bin Laden wins whether America leaves Iraq now or later
The â€œnearâ€ and â€œfarâ€ enemy
The situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and what he believes should be done there
Why he believes that al Qaeda wants to detonate a nuke here
His support for the conclusions of Robert A. Pape in his book Dying to Win that suicide bombing is caused by foreign occupation and the role of religion in the motivation of al Qaeda (they believe theyâ€™re defending theirs)
The role of the mujahedeen in the 1999 Kosovo War
The lack of threat posed to America by Syria and Iran and of cooperative links between Iran and al Qaeda
The expansion of the war to Africa
The impossibility of an â€œal Qaeda in Iraqâ€ takeover in the event of U.S. withdrawal
The degree of the danger that AQI represents in the long term
He and his CIA colleagues review of the evidence of connections between Iraq and al Qaeda for the CIA before the Iraq war and their report to George Tenet of the fact that there were none
His view that the vast majority of post-9/11 domestic terrorism prosecutions have been bogus cases of entrapment
Michael Scheuer, the former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Republican Presidential debate held Tuesday May 15, when Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) stated that American foreign policy was a “contributing factor” in the 9/11 attacks.
“They attack us because we’ve been over there; we’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years.” Paul said. He was then denounced by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani who said it was “absurd” and that he’d “never” heard such a thing before demanding a retraction.
In an interview with Antiwar.com’s Antiwar Radio on May 18, Scheuer, who was the head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, Alec Station, and authored the books Through Our Enemies Eyes and Imperial Hubris, said “I thought Mr. Paul captured it the other night exactly correctly. This war is dangerous to America because it’s based, not on gender equality, as Mr. Giuliani suggested, or any other kind of freedom, but simply because of what we do in the Islamic World â€“ because ‘we’re over there,’ basically, as Mr. Paul said in the debate.”
Scheuer also agreed with Dr. Paul’s statement in the debate that the war in Iraq was a diversion from capturing or killing Osama bin Laden and that bin Laden was “delighted” that the U.S. is occupying Iraq as it has become a training ground and recruiting tool for new jihadists joining the movement.
Former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer discusses Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda, their true motives, how best to fight against them, torture, the escape at Tora Bora, the FBI and CIA in the months before September 11th, the 9/11 Commission sham, the Israeli art students, the Israel and Saudi lobbies, reports that a Pakistani general financed Mohammed Atta, Bojinka, Bill Clinton and 10 blown chances to get bin Laden and the total lack of evidence of a Saddam-al Qaeda connection.