Sunday, January 22, 2006

Shorter U.S. government on how Osama bin Laden got his start in armed action with the forces it was backing against the erstwhile Communist Afghan government:

Hey, we never gave him any money. Not directly. Every cent that we gave anyone on the ground there was funneled through the Pakistani government. And we also brokered a deal with the Saudi government to get them to match every dollar we weren't giving the anti-government forces, so that makes us even less responsible for anything that was done with the cash. We were diverting that money through cutouts to get plausible deniability --- so when we deny any moral responsibility for the consequences now, you're supposed to find that plausible. That's how the world works, and you shouldn't let anyone tell you different.

And for heaven's sake, don't read this...

Incidentally, lest one get too partisan about these affairs, it's worth noting that the Saudi deal was brokered by the Carter administration, whose reputation for pious scruples was more than a little exaggerated...


Blogger Nell said...

Thanks very much for this post. I was beginning to be very uncomfortable about TPM Cafe, giving front-page space for ex-CIA operatives to talk down to readers and call them conspiracy nuts.

The whole process of how people are fenced in to "respectable" opinions is on display there.

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