By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor VeteransToday.com
Veterans Today (www.veteranstoday.com) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lt. General Hamid Gul, former head of Pakistan’s ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), to its Editorial Board of Directors, joining, among others, Jeff Gates, Dr. Alan Sabrosky, Col. Jim Hanke, Gordon Duff, Khalil Nouri and Col. Eugene Khrushchev.
Gul began his military career in 1958 and helped lead forces allied to the United States during the effort to end the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Veterans Today believes that General Hamid Gul, one of the most controversial figures of our era, is the kind of person we need, a true friend to American veterans and our military, someone to consistently tells the truth. With America a nation threatened on all sides, led into disaster by liars, weaklings and those with questionable foreign allegiances, Gul’s “straight talk” and “shooting from the hip” has been a breath of fresh air for those Americans lucky enough to hear his unedited and undistorted views. Gul has stuck to the truth even when demonized for it.
Hamid Gul is one of the most respected authorities on the Middle East and South Asia, continually turned to by western military and intelligence leaders when the chips are down. With lifelong personal friendships that stretch the great divide from the Pentagon to Langley and beyond and wide respect from elements critical of the United States, Gul has been an enigmatic figure, one often seen as a threat to the “party line” scripted by Washington’s powerful Israel lobby.
If anything, Gul faces criticism in Pakistan for having too many American friends and for his loyalty to the United States, a loyalty he fears some American leaders themselves no longer share.
Gul’s recent “interview” with the Washington Post was widely misquoted. His challenges to them to compare their misrepresentations against their own audio tapes of his interview go unanswered. Similarly, we found that a 2001 “interview” with UPI, one published around the world right after 9/11, never happened at all but was fabricated out of thin air. This is typical.
General Gul became a controversial figure for being among the first to question the cover story for 9/11, that a few men with box cutters and no logistical support managed to pull off one of the largest military operations in history. As former head of one of the world’s most effective intelligence agencies and a soldier of considerable operational experience, Gul immediately challenged 9/11 and the subsequent disastrous Bush era “War on Terror” warning the United States that it was being manipulated and victimized from within and without.
History has proven General Hamid Gul to have been absolutely correct.
General Gul’s assessments of geopolitics are always fact based, incisive and well considered. When he challenged the rationale for the Bush era war on terror, pointing out broad inconsistencies in the 9/11 cover story, his response was measured, based on a lifetime of service as both a military officer and the former head of the top five intelligence agencies in the World.
His choices were dishonest silence or speaking up and risking the ire of the Cheney/Rumsfeld “Zionist” consensus, intent on unleashing a juggernaut that would drive America’s military into decades of unresolved conflict that would likely destabilize and collapse government after government.
America was building a factory for terrorism, fueled by debt and economic collapse, fueled by the lives of American soldiers, fueled by American hubris and producing only poverty, extremism and endless war.
Gul spoke out in 2001. To silence him, he has been accused of sneaking into Afghanistan and training the Taliban or having continual meetings with long dead Osama bin laden. Those of us who know Gul personally find this outlandish, even humorous. Who needs to train or even fund the Taliban, soldiers from birth, awash in American cash, overflow from the tens of billions of dollars funneled to insurgents in Afghanistan by Kabul and Washington?
Every fuel truck that heads into Afghanistan, and hundreds do each week, the United States pays the Taliban $3000 to let it through unharmed. Dozens of other American schemes not only arm the Taliban but American allies like Israel see to it they have state of the art encrypted communications, keeping them one step ahead of Americas efforts to control Afghanistan.
There is business to be done in Afghanistan, drugs, weapons and billions in “development projects” that suck in money but never seem to materialize.
No one speaks of the $65 billion in heroin Afghanistan, formerly drug free under the Taliban, is now exporting to the world or the 10% of Afghanis now dying a slow death as addicts.
General Hamid Gul had it right all along. With the vast majorityof Americans either openly opposed to the war in Afghanistan or utterly oblivious to it, a majority tired of paying for the war, tired of hearing war news, tired of hearing about wounded soldiers, homeless veterans, a vast majority more frightened of losing their homes, their jobs, Gul predicted it all years ago.
America isn’t going down by itself. Paksitan is circling the drain with it. Only profiteers, politicians and certain powerful members of the “established” press seem tireless in their prosecution of policies of entropy and destruction.