May 10, 2009
In the interview here, NBC’s David Gregory completely ignores Pakistan president Asif Ali Zadari when he declares that Osama bin Laden was an “operator” for the United States. Gregory wants to know if Zadari believes Osama is alive. He wants to know why Pakistan has not gone after Bin Laden.
Before “everything changed” on September 11, 2001, the corporate media published truthful stories about Osama bin Laden and his relationship with the CIA. “As his unclassified CIA biography states, bin Laden left Saudi Arabia to fight the Soviet army in Afghanistan after Moscow’s invasion in 1979. By 1984, he was running a front organization known as Maktab al-Khidamar — the MAK — which funneled money, arms and fighters from the outside world into the Afghan war,” Michael Moran wrote for MSNBC on August 24, 1998. “What the CIA bio conveniently fails to specify (in its unclassified form, at least) is that the MAK was nurtured by Pakistan’s state security services, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, the CIA’s primary conduit for conducting the covert war against Moscow’s occupation.”
[efoods]The CIA’s intimate relationship with Osama bin Laden came to light during a the trial of Mohamed Rashed Daoud al-’Owhali and Khalfan Khamis Mohamed for the 1998 bombings of two American Embassies in Africa. Giles Foden wrote about the “deep and insidious connection” between Osama bin Laden and the CIA on September 13, 2001, for the Guardian.
“FBI investigators examining the embassy bombing sites in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam discovered that evidence led to military explosives from the US Army, and that these explosives had been delivered three years earlier to Afghan Arabs, the infamous international volunteer brigades involved side by side with bin Laden during the Afghan war against the Red Army,” Alexandra Richard wrote for Le Figaro on October 11, 2001.
In the same article Richard reports that a CIA agent met with Osama bin Laden at the American Hospital in Dubai in July, 2001, where the terrorist underwent surgery. “While he was hospitalized, bin Laden received visits from many members of his family as well as prominent Saudis and Emiratis. During the hospital stay, the local CIA agent, known to many in Dubai, was seen taking the main elevator of the hospital to go to bin Laden’s hospital room.”
Not only did the CIA and its ISI partner create MAK and ultimately what the corporate media would call al-Qaeda, they also created the Taliban, although you won’t read that in the New York Times. The ISI organized and the United States, Britain, and the Saudis funded the madrassas (religious schools) that nurtured the fanatical Wahhabi Taliban. “They were literally the orphans of war [a war orchestrated by Zbigniew Brzezinski against the Soviets], the rootless and restless, the jobless and the economically deprived with little self-knowledge. They admired war because it was the only occupation they could possibly adapt to. Their simple belief in a messianic, puritan Islam which had been drummed into them by simple village mullahs was the only prop they could hold on to and which gave their lives some meaning,” writes Phil Gasper.
NBC’s David Gregory might want to ask the CIA or maybe Robert Gates about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden (the current secretary of defense basically ran the Osama operation through Pakistan’s ISI back in the day when he was Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and then CIA director under Bush Senior).
Gregory and NBC are merely setting the stage for Obama’s increased meddling in Pakistan. Part of that effort is to make Asif Ali Zadari look like he is hiding Osama bin Laden and protecting the perennial bogeyman, al-Qaeda.
Zadari, however, knows the truth and is not afraid to speak it on American television: Osama bin Laden was an “operative” for the United States.