Today’s cautionary tale…

 

The CIA’s angry birds  By Maureen Dowd — The New York Times

How America’s soldiers became spies. And her spies became soldiers…

 

Ms. Dowd recalls…

Over the winter, I heard military commanders and White House officials murmur in hushed tones about how they would have to figure out a legal and moral framework for the flying killer robots executing targets around the globe.

 

The Cheney / Bush / Rumsfeld Cabal having brought us…

After two bloody, money-sucking, never-ending wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the idea of a weapon for war that precluded having anyone actually go to war was too captivating.

Leading to…

Our sophisticated, sleek, smart, detached president was ensorcelled by our sophisticated, sleek, smart, detached war machine.

In an interview with Jon Stewart last year, President Barack Obama allowed that he was in the grip of a powerful infatuation.

 

The Back Story… or how ‘Rummy’ and ‘The Spooks’ invented it…

In the run-up to the Iraq war, Donald Rumsfeld and his hawkish inner circle were disgusted that the CIA dismissed their spurious claims of a connection between Saddam and al-Qaida, so they set up their own CIA at the Pentagon. Soldiers became spies.

Meanwhile, the CIA was setting up its own Pentagon at Langley, running the ever-expanding paramilitary drone operation. Spies became soldiers.

Then Obama perfected it…

Leon Panetta made the CIA far more militarized and then went to the Pentagon. When an actual military commander, David Petraeus, became head spook in 2011, he embraced the drone program, pushed to expand the fleet and conducted the first robo-targeted killing of an American citizen.

“A spy agency that on September 11, 2001, had been decried as bumbling and risk-averse had, under the watchful eye of four successive CIA directors, gone on a killing spree,” Mazzetti writes [ in his new book, “The Way of the Knife” ].

 

One should find the gory details outlined in Dowd’s article to be outrageous, criminal, and worse…

 

And then there’s the further damning revelations recently outed…

Especially the genesis of the drone program in Pakistan as reported by Mark Mazzetti for The New York Times…

A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood

And it just gets deeper…

U.S. secret: CIA collaborated with Pakistan spy agency in drone war

and deeper…

Obama’s drone war kills ‘others,’ not just al Qaida leaders

 

An that’s the name ah that tune Folks.