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Monday, March 14, 2005

Majority Report Radio: Michael Ledeen's Home Address

Majority Report Radio: hour two - Tuesday: "Michael Ledeen 7312 Western Ave Chevy Chase , MD 20815-3108 301-654-0558
Posted by: Michael Ledeen's Home Address at February 15, 2005 08:39 PM"

Simone Ledeen on Walter Reed on National Review Online

Simone Ledeen on Walter Reed on National Review Online: "December 23, 2004, 8:52 a.m.
Their Blood, Our Freedom
Supporting our wounded troops.

By Simone Ledeen

When I returned from Iraq earlier this year, I discovered my family had been doing volunteer work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where many of our wounded troops go for treatment and rehabilitation. I was so moved that they had begun doing this and that they didn't tell anyone about it — didn't brag — they just went and did their part. A little-reported fact is that many Americans have been doing exactly that.

Every month, patients newly well enough to travel are loaded, along with their families, into buses that take them from Walter Reed to the Pentagon. They are treated like VIPs — given police escorts through the city and across the bridge to their disembarkation point. They are met by carefully chosen escorts from whichever office is sponsoring that month's visit, and brought up to one of the entrances where there is a band waiting for them along with several thousand Pentagon employees. The troops walk/hobble/wheel down several long corridors stacked two and three people deep — people who cheer and cry and say thank you. Last month was particularly poignant as all the wounded visitors were amputees. The guys took their time, shaking hundreds of hands, thanking those who turned out to support them. I saw one soldier with his arm blown off who cried down three corridors with his sister walking next to him, tears streaming down her face.

The West Point Pep Band turned out, complete with cheerleaders, which our wounded absolutely loved. After the pep band the troops did the Pentagon tour, visited the 9/11 memorial, and then went up to the Executive Dining Room. There all the guys and their families had lunch, and the VIPs showed up. Secretary Rumsfeld came, as did Mrs. Rumsfeld (who frequently goes to Walter Reed unannounced, with boxes of freshly baked cookies). Also in attendance were various undersecretaries who sat with the troops for over an hour, writing down names and phone numbers and giving business cards with cell- and home-phone numbers scrawled on the back, saying "Call me if you need anything."

General Nyland, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, was there too. He talked to all the Marines and their families to find out what they needed and how he could help. He spent a particularly long time with a young enlisted man who had lost both of his legs and was there with his mother.

Another little-mentioned event was the holiday party at Walter Reed held by the Helping Our Heroes Foundation. The party room, in the old Red Cross building, was filled to capacity with both wounded and volunteers. There was live country music, a choir, and even a Santa Claus. Several high-ranking government officials also came — someone from Vice President Cheney's office as well as Doug Feith and Secretary Mineta, both with their wives.

I spent some time there with soldiers and their families. I met one kid whose head (the top of it) got blown off last month. It's amazing that he's able to walk and talk — he even makes sense. He really wants to get his Purple Heart from President Bush and was meeting with the Command Sergeant Major of the Army the next day to talk about it. His dad was there too, in a wheelchair — a Vietnam vet. I could barely control my emotions in front of them. But if they can handle it, what right do I have to be overwhelmed?

This past weekend I got up early and went with some friends to Walter Reed to meet two soldiers we had promised to visit. One is named Rob — he is here for a cochlear implant to get his hearing back. He was wounded in Afghanistan early this year and is completely deaf. On September 11, 2001, Rob was a normal college student at Florida State University. He and several of his friends were so affected by the events of that day that they dropped out of school and joined the Army. Rob is now a Ranger and hopes to go back to active duty, assuming the surgery is successful. Right now we have to communicate with him by writing everything out on notepads. He has droopy puppy-dog eyes and a shy smile. He also has a huge tattoo on his right arm with the two towers and the date of his injury.

Adam is the other soldier we visited — he is 21 and was in Iraq as a member of a special-operations group. He was hit three times within an hour and has problems with excess spinal fluid and blood in his brain. He also can't feel his legs. His favorite restaurant in the area is Steamer's in Bethesda, Maryland. He recounted how he and some of his fellow wounded went over there recently (by taxi) and racked up a bill for almost $400, which someone paid. When they argued, the woman said: "I'm old, what am I going to spend my money on?" Whenever they go to Steamer's, the cook and several waiters carry the guys and their wheelchairs up and down a dozen stairs.

He also told us how they went to see Chris Isaak's sound-check last weekend at a legendary D.C. nightspot. They were treated like kings and offered VIP tickets to any show they wanted.

Another evening the same friends of mine took two young Marines out for dinner and a movie. Both Marines were walking with canes; they were amputees (one had lost a leg, the other a foot, in Iraq) and they were still mastering their prosthetic limbs. With the haircuts it was pretty easy to tell who they were. When they all asked for the bill at the end of the night they were told (again) it had been taken care of. This time the tab had been paid by the father of the hostess, himself a Vietnam vet. When pressed he came over to the table. The two Marines stood up straight, shook his hand, and said, "Thank you, sir." The man responded, "Welcome home," and thanked them right back. When he left, one of the guys turned and said that every single time he went out someone paid for his dinner.

For me, spending time with our troops at Walter Reed is very personal. I think about all the convoys I rode in all those months to and from the Iraqi Ministry of Finance. All those hours our escorts sat out in front of the ministry, waiting for us to finish our work. I frequently wondered, "Why is my life worth more than theirs? Why do I get to be protected by these young, beautiful men who have their whole lives in front of them? What makes me so special?" I came to see it was the work I was doing that was important. So every time — every single time I went — their presence motivated me to get more done, to push the Iraqis to work harder. Because if someone was going to die that day, I wanted it to have some meaning.

Spending time with these wounded heroes is my way of thanking the guys who did that for me — who guarded my life every day. And even though most of America hasn't been to Iraq, we know that our troops are out overseas protecting all of us, just as they protected me. I am proud and happy to see how America thanks these brave men and women.

If any NRO readers would like to send holiday messages to our wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center or Bethesda Naval Hospital, please send me an email and I will deliver them before the New Year. I'd also like to say thank you on their behalf for all of you silent and invisible who pay restaurant tabs and donate money, phone cards, and packages, and for everything else you do to support our military. It makes a difference.

— Simone Ledeen is a former Coalition Provisional Authority adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Finance in Baghdad. For more on the Walter Reed weekends, see Noemie Emery's piece in the December 31, 2004, issue of National Review."

Michael Ledeen Neocon or Trotskyite? - You decide

alternative hippopotamus: "Michael Ledeen, today:
Iran’s nuclear weapons program is a threat to revolution, not to stability. We don’t want stability in the Middle East, we want democratic revolution. And if the mullahs get their bomb, they will attempt to impose a lethal stability on the region.
Trotsky, 1905:
"Arming the revolution, in Russia, means first and foremost arming the workers. Knowing this, and fearing this, the liberals altogether eschew a militia. They even surrender their position to absolutism without a fight just as the bourgeois Thiers surrendered Paris and France to Bismarck simply to avoid arming the workers.""

Commentary Magazine - MICHAEL LEDEEN is president of ISI Enterprises

Commentary Magazine - Veil, by Bob Woodward: "MICHAEL LEDEEN is president of ISI Enterprises, a consultant firm in Chevy Chase, Maryland..."

Majority Report Radio: Michael Ledeen 7312 Western Ave Chevy Chase

Majority Report Radio: hour one - Monday: "Hey! Did you know many NeoCon home addresses and phone numbers are listed publicly?
Michael Ledeen 7312 Western Ave Chevy Chase , MD 20815-3108 301-654-0558
He's batshit crazy!
Posted by: Howard Beale at November 29, 2004 07:35 PM
Yes.. Howard ..
But we are civilized here and we have a concept of the idea of losing time out of our lives going to jail for something stupid.
So.. Nice try.. but you aren't going to incite anyone here to write, call or show up in person.
We don't stoop to stupid Republican Neo-Fascist shit here.. so take it elsewhere, kay Dude?
Posted by: Ashamed Former Illini - aka NuNic .. troll stole mine! at November 29, 2004 07:43 PM"

NATIONALS USA - VANDERBILT CUP - Michael Ledeen, Chevy Chase MD

NATIONALS USA - VANDERBILT CUP: "Barry Turner, Richardson TX; John Schwartz, Plano TX; Karen Allison, Las Vegas NV; Michael Ledeen, Chevy Chase MD; Sylvia Summers, Montreal QC "

Citizens' Initiative Commission Members: Barbara J. Ledeen

Citizens' Initiative Commission Members: Barbara J. Ledeen: "Citizens' Initiative on
Race and Ethnicity

Barbara J. Ledeen is executive director for policy and liaison of the Independent Woman's Forum (IWF). A founder of the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in 1992 as a countervoice to traditional feminist organizations, Ledeen oversees all IWF projects and programs and develops the overall strategic goals of the organization. Her project areas include child care, HIV/AIDS as a woman's issue, human rights, educational reform, and civil rights/ affirmative action.

Ledeen has testified before Congress, been published in the Wall Street Journal , the Washington Times, and numerous others papers across the country. She is a frequent radio talk show guest, was featured on 60 Minutes and in the NBC Nightly News profiles of influential Americans. She is a board member of Americans for a Sound HIV/AIDS Policy, the National Coalition for Athletics Equity, and the International Center for Residential Education.

Prior to cofounding the IWF, Ledeen was director of the Second Thoughts Project with David Horowitz and Peter Collier now of the Los Angeles-based Center for the Study of Popular Culture. During the Reagan administration, Ledeen was director of communications for the Defense Technology Security Administration, which was responsible for stopping the flow of technology to the Soviet empire, China, Iraq, and Iran.

Ledeen, a mother of three, resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband Michael, a writer and historian at the American Enterprise Institute."

The New York Review of Books: Ledeen Provides Cover for Ghorbanifar

By Michael A. Ledeen, Reply by Theodore H. Draper
In response to 'Rewriting the Iran-Contra Story': An Exchange (March 2, 1989)

To the Editors:

Theodore Draper is really an amazing phenomenon: he is so intent on discrediting my book, Perilous Statecraft, that he sinks to new lows in misdirection [Letters, NYR, March 2] when he discovers that I agree with him. How else can one explain his denunciation of me for daring to point out that we agree that Casey almost surely was not the inspiration for North's "off the shelf" covert action program and the "diversion" of money from the Iran Initiative to the contras? He even savages me for quoting Casey's lawyer in support of (not, as Draper would have it, "to prove") that conclusion (which is argued over a number of pages).

Then he has at me once again on Ghorbanifar. Like those at CIA who stereotyped Ghorbanifar as a near-total, pathological liar, Draper just can't bring himself to look honestly at the evidence. For what does Mr. Draper use as proof of Ghorbanifar's mendacity? He cites the trip to Tehran in the spring of 1986, when "Ghorbanifar was blamed by the Americans for having deceived both sides about what each was prepared to do…."

It sounds good, but it's wrong, as Draper should have learned by reading Perilous Statecraft, or by simple logic. For if the Americans really believed Ghorbanifar to be a liar, how could they have entrusted the arrangements for a trip as sensitive as the Tehran mission to such a person? They couldn't, and they didn't. The arrangements were confirmed in two separate telephone conversations between the CIA's George Cave, and two top officials of the Khomeini regime in Tehran. So whatever misunderstandings existed can't fairly be blamed on Ghorbanifar (as North did in his public testimony). And indeed, Cave testified to the Iran-Contra committees that his understanding of the arrangements did not coincide with what North apparently told McFarlane.

So Draper's bullying words about me—"Michael A. Ledeen is a gambler. He gambles that no one is going to check up on him"—are better applied to himself.

Michael A. Ledeen
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Theodore Draper replies:
Whether he likes it or not, Mr. Ledeen is still gambling:

1. The point at issue in Ledeen's citation of a statement by Milton Gould, William Casey's lawyer, is whether it referred to Casey's attitude toward the "off-the-shelf capability." I showed that Gould had said nothing more than that Casey had never done anything wrong. Ledeen again falls back on Gould without being able to cite anything to the contrary. If Ledeen could point to anything in Gould's statement that actually refers to the "off-the-shelf capability," he should have put it in his present letter. Bluster is not good enough.

2. More important is the issue whether Ghorbanifar lied to both sides at key moments—something Ledeen explicitly denied in his book (pp. 192–193). Now Ledeen mentions the evidence given by George Cave, the Farsi-speaking CIA consultant who went on the mission to Tehran. Cave happens to be the one who has given the most telling testimony that Ghorbanifar deceived both sides.

On p. 627 of his deposition, Cave states that Ghorbanifar told the Americans that they would meet with Prime Minister Musavi, Speaker of the Majlis Rafsanjani, and President Khomeini. The Americans were never permitted to meet them. On p. 652, Cave relates that the "senior Iranian" at Tehran "got me aside and showed me letters Ghorbanifar had written, giving them all this stuff that we had never heard about…. It is clear Ghorbanifar was telling the Iranian side one thing and us another."

It is also clear that Ledeen has not done his homework and is gambling that no one else is doing it."