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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Wolfowitz Watch: Wolfowitz Sleazy Womanizer - Home Wrecker and Cheat

Wolfowitz Watch: "Wolfowitz Sleazy Womanizer - Home Wrecker and Cheat
Wolfowitz Dating Muslim Woman Causes Stir: "Wolfowitz Dating Muslim Woman Causes Stir
Arab News ^ | 3/23/2005 | Barbara Ferguson

Posted on 03/22/2005 6:42:59 PM PST by wjersey

Here’s a bit of news that had Washingtonians choking on their coffee this morning: President Bush’s neoconservative hawk Paul Wolfowitz, the Pentagon’s architect of the US invasion of Iraq, is dating a Muslim!

While battle lines have hardened over President Bush’s nomination of Wolfowitz to become president of the World Bank, what many say is really fueling the controversy is concern within the bank over Wolfowitz’s reported romantic relationship with Shaha Ali Riza, an Arab feminist who is the acting manager for External Relations and Outreach for the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank.

Political foes of Wolfowitz portray him as a leader of Washington’s Jewish neo-conservatives driving a blindly pro-Israel policy in the Middle East. Critics have also noted that his sister, Laura, a biologist, lives in Israel and has an Israeli husband.

But Wolfowitz, a married father of three, is said to be so blinded by his relationship with Riza, that influential members of the World Bank believe she played a key role in influencing the Pentagon official to launch the 2003 Iraq war. As his trusted confident, she is said to be one of most influential Muslims in Washington.

What they are said to share is a passion to establish democracy in the Middle East.

Riza, in her mid-fifties, was born in Tunis and grew up in Saudi Arabia. Her childhood is said to have done much to shape her commitment to democracy, equal rights and civil liberties in the Arab world based on her first hand experiences.

She brought those beliefs with her when she joined the World Bank in 1997.

Riza studied at the London School of Economics in the 1970s before taking a master’s degree at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, where she met her former husband, Turkish Cypriot Bulent Ali Riza, from whom she is now divorced.

After they moved to America, Riza worked for the Iraq Foundation, set up by expatriates to overthrow Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War. She subsequently joined the National Endowment for Democracy, created by President Ronald Reagan to promote American ideals.

It was this time that Riza, a British citizen eight years younger than Wolfowitz’s wife — started to meet with Wolfowitz about reforming the Middle East. They allegedly began dating two years ago.

Even by the discreet standards of Washington’s powerful inner circle, their relationship is a remarkably closely guarded secret. The Washington Post says the couple rarely goes out together or demonstrates affection publicly, according to friends who are aware of the relationship. They attend low-key Washington social events and visit friends’ homes together and Riza also sometimes goes to official functions and dinners with him, but is not identified as his partner, an acquaintance said.

“His womanizing has come home to roost,” a Washington insider told reporters. “Paul was a foreign policy hawk long before he met Riza but it doesn’t look good to be accused of being under the thumb of your mistress.”

A Wolfowitz opponent at the World Bank told a reporter: “Unless Riza gives up her job, this will be an impossible conflict of interest.”

Wolfowitz married his wife Clare Selgin in 1968. But they have lived separately since 2001, after allegations he had an affair with an employee at the School of Advanced International Studies where he was dean for seven years. They are now believed to be legally separated.

The World Bank’s staff association has told executives it has been swamped with complaints from employees about Wolfowitz.

However, Wolfowitz’s only comment on the complaints has been a terse statement issued through a Pentagon spokesman. He said: “If a personal relationship presents a potential conflict of interest, I will comply with bank policies to resolve the issue.”"


IMRA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 Wolfowitz Willing to Dump Shaha Riza.

IMRA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 Excerpts: Confused party reform.Wolfowitz and Arab Feminist.Jordan's King Abdullah blames Syria and Hezbollah.23 March 2005: "EXCERPTSWASHINGTON, 23 March 2005 - ... Bush's neoconservative hawk Paul Wolfowitz,the Pentagon's architect of the US invasion of Iraq, is dating a Muslim!While battle lines have hardened over ... nomination of Wolfowitz to becomepresident of the World Bank, what many say is really fueling the controversyis concern within the bank over Wolfowitz's reported romantic relationshipwith Shaha Ali Riza, an Arab feminist ... acting manager for ExternalRelations and Outreach for the Middle East and North Africa Region at theWorld Bank.Political foes of Wolfowitz portray him as a leader of Washington's Jewishneo-conservatives driving a blindly pro-Israel policy in the Middle East.Critics have also noted that his sister, Laura, a biologist, lives in Israeland has an Israeli husband. [IMRA: And probably has dual citizenship.]But Wolfowitz, a married father o!
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is said to be so blinded by hisrelationship with Riza, that influential members of the World Bank believeshe played a key role in influencing the Pentagon official to launch the2003 Iraq war. [IMRA: While the President and the Cabinet slept?] As his trusted confident, she is said to be one of most influential Muslimsin Washington.What they are said to share is a passion to establish democracy in theMiddle East.Riza, in her mid-fifties, was born in Tunis and grew up in Saudi Arabia. Herchildhood is said to have done much to shape her commitment to democracy,equal rights and civil liberties in the Arab world based on her first handexperiences.She brought those beliefs with her when she joined the World Bank in 1997.Riza studied at the London School of Economics in the 1970s before taking amaster's degree at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, where she met her formerhusband, Turkish Cypriot Bulent Ali Riza, from whom she is now divorced.After they moved to America, Riza worked!
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Iraq Foundation, set up byexpatriates to overthrow Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War. Shesubsequently joined the National Endowment for Democracy, created byPresident Ronald Reagan to promote American ideals.It was this time that Riza ... started to meet with Wolfowitz aboutreforming the Middle East. They allegedly began dating two years ago.... their relationship is a remarkably closely guarded secret. TheWashington Post says the couple rarely goes out together or demonstratesaffection publicly, according to friends who are aware of the relationship.They attend low-key Washington social events and visit friends' homestogether and Riza also sometimes goes to official functions and dinners withhim, but is not identified as his partner ... ."His womanizing has come home to roost," a Washington insider toldreporters. "Paul was a foreign policy hawk long before he met Riza but itdoesn't look good to be accused of being under the thumb of your mistress."A Wolfowitz oppone!
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World Bank told a reporter: "Unless Riza givesup her job, this will be an impossible conflict of interest."Wolfowitz married ...in 1968. But they have lived separately since 2001,after allegations he had an affair with an employee at the School ofAdvanced International Studies where he was dean for seven years. They arenow believed to be legally separated.The World Bank's staff association has told executives it has been swampedwith complaints from employees about Wolfowitz.However, Wolfowitz's only comment on the complaints has been a tersestatement issued through a Pentagon spokesman. He said: "If a personalrelationship presents a potential conflict of interest, I will comply withbank policies to resolve the issue."+++HAARETZ 23 Mar.'05:"Abdullah: Syria, Hezbollah promote terror againstIsrael" by Nathan GuttmanQUOTES FROM TEXT: "a new Jordanian initiative to fight anti-Semitism in the Arab world" "Taking the religious component out of the dispute would reduce thete!
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Forward Newspaper - Hadassah and B'nai B'rith Linked to Rogue Zionist Operation

Forward Newspaper Online: "News
Jewish Officials Profess Shock Over Report on Zionist Body
March 18, 2005

Embarrassed leaders of American Jewish organizations were absorbing the news this week that an international body under their control was at the center of a tangled Israeli scheme, detailed in a bombshell government report, to build illegal settlement outposts in violation of Israeli law, policy and international commitments.

The international body, the World Zionist Organization, or WZO, is described in the report as a pivotal player in the scheme, in which midlevel officials in various government ministries secretly channeled funds and resources to the illegal West Bank outposts. Several sources told the Forward that a WZO department, the Settlement Division, was used as a vehicle for many of the illegal activities, in part because its status as a nongovernmental organization shielded it from government oversight.

The controversial report, commissioned last year by Prime Minister Sharon, was submitted March 9. The Cabinet approved it March 13. The author, Talia Sasson, formerly Israel's chief criminal prosecutor, paints a scathing picture of government and WZO officials who diverted funds, confiscated land — including privately owned Palestinian land — or turned a blind eye to "blatantly illegal" activity. Sasson said the illegal outposts began in the mid-1990s in response to a freeze on legal settlement construction by late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The report has caused a furor in Israel. The Sharon government, which is obligated to freeze settlement building under President Bush's road map to peace, promised to remove the outposts built since 2001 but largely failed to do so. Doves said the report proved the government was effectively abetting the illegal activity, while hawks said the role of government agencies proved the activity was not illegal.

WZO is a confederation of pro-Israel groups in dozens of countries, including such mainstays as Hadassah, B'nai B'rith and offshoots of the Reform and Conservative movements. American groups control 30% of the organization's main governing bodies, including the World Zionist Congress, which is convened in Jerusalem every four years.

Most leaders of American Zionist groups said they had been unaware of the extent of WZO's work in the territories. "If it were in the documents, there would have been big fights," said Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, former director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America. "We wouldn't have let that slide."

Others said American and world Jewish leaders simply failed to respond to mounting evidence. "This was hardly discussed, and everyone could have done a lot more," said Moshe Kagan of the left-wing Meretz USA, a former member of WZO's 24-person executive committee. "Not enough was done, not by Meretz and not by anyone else."

Theodor Herzl founded the World Zionist Organization in 1897 to spearhead the creation of a Jewish state. Its Israeli operating arm, the Jewish Agency, essentially provided Israel's governmental infrastructure when the state was declared in 1948. After independence, the world organization pursued tasks such as immigration, Jewish education and Israeli rural development.

Following the 1967 Six-Day War, WZO and the Jewish Agency were "reconstituted" as separate entities, with WZO retaining its ideological mission to Diaspora Jews as well as its tradition of raucous political debate. The Jewish Agency took over Israeli social services, currently a $420 million network of programs funded by Diaspora philanthropies.

The two bodies remain closely linked, sharing top staff and some joint facilities. The agency largely funds WZO's $11 million budget.

Crucially, the post-1967 restructuring also split up the organization's rural development operations. The Jewish Agency oversaw projects in Israel, while WZO took charge of settlement in the territories seized in the 1967 war.

Officials say they are careful not to use American donations to fund WZO activities in the territories, in order to avoid violations of U.S. policy that could compromise the tax-exempt status of U.S. Jewish charities.

Over time, the WZO Settlement Division became a semi-independent unit financed with Israeli government funds, currently $40 million a year. WZO governing bodies do not review the division budget, which is under the purview of the state comptroller, officials said.

The lines between WZO and the Jewish Agency are not always clear, however. While Settlement Division activities are funded by the government, the infrastructure of WZO is funded largely by the Jewish Agency, which in turn is funded by American Jewish federations.

The Settlement Division's work in the territories was originally a topic of WZO debate. At the 1982 World Zionist Congress, a resolution to end the WZO's role in settlements was narrowly defeated in a procedural maneuver by WZO's Likud-appointed chairman. Soon afterward, Ariel Sharon, who had been forced to resign as defense minister after the 1982 Lebanon War, was nominated to head the division, but was rejected because liberal delegates feared he would override oversight rules.

In the mid-1980s, however, feuding over religious pluralism eclipsed debate over settlements. Delegate elections to the World Zionist Congress in 1987 saw the entry for the first time of a slate representing Reform Judaism, which swept the American balloting that year.

According to Rabbi Eric Yoffie, founding director of the Reform Zionist group and now president of the Union for Reform Judaism, debate over settlements dissipated during the 1980s, in part because it became clear that the Israeli government was calling the shots. "At a certain point, people saw this was not going to be resolved in the WZO, so there was just no purpose to further debates," Yoffie said.

In recent years, evidence has mounted implicating the Settlement Division in dubious activities. Numerous reports by the Israeli Peace Now organization detailed the web of agencies building outposts. In January, a Knesset committee discussed WZO's role in illegal outposts.

"If people didn't suspect this on some basic level, there was something wrong with them," said Jamie Levin, director of the Labor Zionist Alliance, now known as Ameinu.

The publication of the Sasson report has reignited WZO debate over the Settlement Division. A day after the report's release, 12 members of WZO's executive committee wrote a letter to Sallai Meridor, who chairs both WZO and the Jewish Agency, calling for an "extraordinary meeting" to discuss the report.

Sasson recommended that the government cut the Settlement Division's funding and end its role in the territories. Two members of the WZO executive committee wrote a separate letter calling for these recommendations to be implemented immediately, despite a call by Sharon for the division to remain intact.

Leaders of right-wing American groups, who tend to support West Bank settlements in principle, expressed less concern about the Sasson findings. Mandell Ganchrow, director of Mizrachi Religious Zionists of America, said he saw no need for immediate change: "This will have to be dealt with by the government. It's not fair to point a finger and ask where was the WZO. This had to do with the will of the government of the State of Israel."

Michael Jankelowitz, spokesman for both the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization, said WZO never raised concerns about the work of the Settlement Division, because it was always done under government direction: "Everything we did was at the behest of the government. We were not aware that these requests were illegal.""

Russia Says Kills Chechen Rebel With Links to CIA - NEWS - MOSNEWS.COM

Russia Says Kills Chechen Rebel With Links to CIA - NEWS - MOSNEWS.COM: "Russia Says Kills Chechen Rebel With Links to CIA
Created: 23.03.2005 16:21 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 16:21 MSK, 5 hours 40 minutes ago

Field commander Rizvan Chitigov has been killed in Chechnya during a raid carried out by pro-Moscow security forces and the republic’s Interior Ministry troops, the Itar-Tass news agency cited the republic’s first deputy prime minister Ramzan Kadyrov.

“Chitigov was surrounded and eliminated after he put up armed resistance,” Kadyrov was quoted by the news agency as saying.

Chitigov, aka American or Suraka, born 1965, was placed on the federal wanted list on suspicion of being involved in kidnappings. In the early 1990s Chitigov visited the United States and upon his return he oversaw military intelligence in Aslan Maskhadov’s government.

The FSB, Russia’s domestic security service, suspected that Chitigov had been maintaining ties with foreign intelligence services and was himself a CIA agent, former FSB spokesman Aleksandr Zdanovich said in April 2001.

According to some reports, Chitigov had a green card — a permanent residence permit in the U.S.

In the summer of 2001 he told journalists that he intended to poison Russian soldiers with virulent toxins.

Rizvan Chitigov was also a close ally of the infamous warlord Khattab.

In 2002 Russian security services obtained a recording of Chitigov’s conversation with the Chechen envoy to the United Arab Emirates Khizir Alkhazurov, where Chitigov allegedly asked his interlocutor to write a manual for preparing toxic substances and send it to Chechnya.

During a search at one of Chitigov’s bases in the Chechen highlands security forces discovered stocks of ricin and other toxins and instructions on how to use them in combination with conventional weapons."

FORWARD on David Wurmser

FORWARD : News: "Cheney Taps Syria Hawk As Adviser On Mideast
Despite mounting criticism of the administration's Iraq policy, Vice President Dick Cheney appears to be ratcheting up his commitment to the circle of neoconservative intellectuals who helped spearhead President Bush's war policy, adding one of its most controversial proponents to his national security staff in a little-noticed move last month.

David Wurmser, a neoconservative scholar known for his close ties to the Israeli right, was appointed in mid-September to join the team led by Cheney's national security adviser, Lewis "Scooter" Libby. In recent years Wurmser, who boasts a complex network of relationships to a variety of pro-Likud think tanks and activist groups, has frequently written articles arguing for a joint American-Israeli effort to undermine the Syrian regime.

Wurmser's appointment sheds light on the prominent role played by Cheney and his national security staff in shaping foreign policy and coincides with the deterioration in the relations between Washington and Damascus. In recent months, Washington has accused Syria of sheltering Iraqi leaders, weapons and money and of allowing terrorists into Iraq. The administration backed Israel's recent bombing of a suspected terrorist training camp in Syria and dropped its objections to a congressional bill that grants the president the right to impose sanctions on Damascus.

"The vice president undoubtedly chooses staff whose views are compatible with the policies of the administration," wrote Judith Kipper, a Middle East scholar with the Council on Foreign Relations, in an e-mail to the Forward. "The question is, how does the vice president's [national security staff] function in relation to the president's national security staff and how important policy decisions are made in the White House. While the vice president has a critical role to play, the secrecy surrounding his unusually large foreign-policy staff raises many questions which the American public needs answered."

Cathy Martin, a spokeswoman for Cheney, confirmed that Wurmser had recently been hired, adding that he is serving as one of many foreign-policy advisers to the vice president. She declined to comment on questions about Cheney's or Wurmser's ideological leanings.

Before his appointment, Wurmser had served as a senior adviser to John Bolton, the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security and one of the sharpest critics of Syria within the administration. In speeches and testimonies over the past year, Bolton has sounded increasingly alarmist — far more so than the intelligence community — about Syria's weapons programs.

Wurmser's appointment was first reported by Inter-Press Service and elicited criticism from the Arab American Institute, an advocacy organization.

Wurmser is the main author of a 1996 policy paper drafted for then-Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a task force composed of neo-conservative scholars. The white paper, titled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," advocated a remodeling of the Middle East that some critics see as a rough blueprint for the policy adopted by the Bush administration after the September 11 attacks. The paper advocated a strategy of preemptive action to remove Saddam Hussein from power, a "rollback" of Syria and the search for alternatives to Yasser Arafat.

"Whoever inherits Iraq dominates the entire Levant strategically," said the paper, which was commissioned by the Jerusalem-based Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, where Wurmser was working at the time.

The task force was headed by Richard Perle, now a key Pentagon adviser who sits on the Defense Policy Board. Its members included Douglas Feith, currently the undersecretary of defense for policy and one of the main proponents of the war in Iraq.

Another member of the task force was Wurmser's Israeli-born wife, Meyrav Wurmser, who heads the Middle East studies department at the conservative Hudson Institute. She is a founder of the Middle East Media Research Institute, or Memri, which translates Arabic press reports and which critics say highlights negative views of the West.

The policy paper suggested that in order to transform the "balance of power" in the Middle East in favor of an axis consisting of Israel, Turkey and Jordan, Saddam should be removed and replaced by a Hashemite ruler.

The next step would be a "rollback" of Syria by sponsoring proxy attacks in Lebanon and even striking at selected targets in Syria. In the late 1990s, Wurmser wrote frequently, arguing for a joint U.S.-Israeli effort to undermine the Syrian regime.

On Tuesday, retired Air Force General James Clapper, director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, told reporters he was not surprised that U.S. forces had not discovered any chemical, biological or nuclear weapons in Iraq, citing a big increase in the number of vehicles heading to Syria before the war. The administration also has renewed long-standing accusations that Damascus is developing chemical and biological weapons and is supporting terrorist groups operating against Israel, despite pledges to crack down on them."

David Wurmser Research Fellow at AEI

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and Political Studies, 1996
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Project officer, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1988-1994

Books Battle Cry of Tyranny: Anti-Americanism and Anti-Zionism in the Middle East, forthcoming
Tyranny's Ally: America's Failure to Defeat Saddam Hussein, 1999
A Look at "The End of History," editor, 1990
Is It Feasible to Negotiate Biological and Chemical Weapons Control?, editor, 1990
The Meaning of Munich after Fifty Years, editor, 1989

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Wurmser Publicly linked to John Bolton, Mossad's Richard Perle and the Shadowy Den of Spies; AEI

New Cheney Adviser Sets Syria In His Sights, by Jim Lobe: "New Cheney Adviser Sets Syria In His Sights
by Jim Lobe
October 21, 2003

A neo-conservative strategist who has long called for the United States and Israel to work together to "roll back" the Ba'ath-led government in Syria has been quietly appointed as a Middle East adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.

David Wurmser, who had been working for Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton, joined Cheney's staff under its powerful national security director, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, in mid-September, according to Cheney's office.

The move is significant, not only because Cheney is seen increasingly as the dominant foreign-policy influence on President George W. Bush, but also because it adds to the notion that neo-conservatives remain a formidable force under Bush despite the sharp plunge in public confidence in Bush's handling of post-war Iraq resulting from the faulty assumptions propagated by the "neo-cons" before the war.

Given the recent intensification of tensions between Washington and Damascus – touched off by this month's U.S. veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution deploring an Israeli air attack on an alleged Palestinian camp outside Damascus – Wurmser's rise takes on added significance.

The move also follows House of Representatives' approval of a bill that would impose new economic and diplomatic sanctions against Syria.

Wurmser's status as a favoured protege of arch-hawk and former Defence Policy Board chairman Richard Perle at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) also speaks loudly to Middle East specialists, who note Perle's long-time close association with Cheney, Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld and Rumsfeld's chief deputy Paul Wolfowitz.

Wolfowitz was the first senior administration official to suggest that Washington might take action against Syria amid reports last April that Damascus was sheltering senior Iraqi leaders and weapons of mass destruction in the wake of the U.S. invasion.

"There's got to be a change in Syria," Wolfowitz said, accusing the government of President Bashar Assad of "extreme ruthlessness." Rumsfeld subsequently accused Syria of permitting Islamic "jihadis" to infiltrate Iraq to fight U.S. troops.

Perle, who last week was in Israel to receive a special award from the "Jerusalem Summit," an international group of right wing Jews and Christian Zionists who describe themselves as defenders of "civilisation" against "Islamic fundamentalism," has made no secret of his own desire to confront Damascus.

In a series of interviews, Perle applauded Israel's attack on Syrian territory – the first since the 1967 war – in alleged retaliation for a Palestinian suicide bombing in Israel. "I am happy to see the message was delivered to Syria by the Israeli Air Force, and I hope it is the first of many such messages," he said.

Perle said he "hope(d)" the United States would itself take action against Damascus, particularly if it turned out that Syria was acting as a financial or recruiting base for the insurgency in Iraq.

"Syria is itself a terrorist organisation," he asserted, insisting that Washington would not find it difficult to send troops to Damascus despite its commitment in Iraq. "Syria is militarily very weak," added Perle.

Damascus has been in Wurmser's sights at least since he began working with Perle at AEI in the mid-1990s.

For the latter part of the decade, he wrote frequently to support a joint U.S.-Israeli effort to undermine then-President Hafez Assad in hopes of destroying Baathist rule and hastening the creation of a new order in the Levant to be dominated by "tribal, familial and clan unions under limited governments."

Indeed, it was precisely because of the strategic importance of the Levant that Wurmser advocated overthrowing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in favour of an Iraqi National Congress (INC) closely tied to the Hashemite monarchy in Jordan.

"Whoever inherits Iraq dominates the entire Levant strategically," he wrote in one 1996 paper for the Jerusalem-based Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS).

Wurmser, whose Israeli-born spouse Meyrav Wurmser heads Middle East studies at the neo-conservative Hudson Institute, was the main author of a 1996 report by a task force convened by the IASPS and headed by Perle, called the 'Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000'.

The paper, called 'A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm', was directed to incoming Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

It featured a series of recommendations designed to end the process of Israel trading "land for peace" by transforming the "balance of power" in the Middle East in favour of an axis consisting of Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

To do so, it called for ousting Saddam Hussein and installing a Hashemite leader in Baghdad. From that point, the strategy would be largely focused on Syria and, at the least, to reducing its influence in Lebanon.

Among other steps, the report called for Israeli sponsorship of attacks on Syrian territory by "Israeli proxy forces" based in Lebanon and "striking Syrian military targets in Lebanon, and should that prove insufficient, striking at select targets in Syria proper."

"Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, even rolling back Syria," the report argued, to create a "natural axis" between Israel, Jordan, a Hashemite Iraq and Turkey that "would squeeze and detach Syria from the Saudi Peninsula."

"For Syria, this could be the prelude to a redrawing of the map of the Middle East, which could threaten Syria's territorial integrity," it suggested.

A follow-up report by Wurmser titled 'Coping with Crumbling States', also favoured a substantial redrawing of the Middle East along tribal and familial lines in light of what he called an "emerging phenomenon – the crumbling of Arab secular-nationalist nations."

The penchant of Washington and the West in general for backing secular-nationalist states against the threat of militant Islamic fundamentalism was a strategic error, warned Wurmser in the second study, a conclusion he repeated in a 1999 book, Tyranny's Ally, which included a laudatory foreword by Perle and was published by AEI.

While the book focused on Iraq not Syria, it elaborated on Wurmser's previous arguments by attacking regional specialists in U.S. universities, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who, according to him, were too wedded to strong secular states in the Arab world as the preferred guarantors of regional stability.

"Our Middle East scholarly and policy elite are informed by bad ideas about the region that lead them to bad policies," he charged, echoing a position often taken by Perle.

In the book's acknowledgments, Wurmser praised those who most influenced his work, a veritable "who's who" of those neo-cons most closely tied to Israel's far right, including Perle himself, another AEI scholar, Michael Ledeen and Undersecretary of Defence for Policy and the man in charge of post-Iraq war planning, Douglas Feith.

He listed former CIA director James Woolsey, who has called the conflict in Syria the early stages of "World War IV," Harold Rhode, a Feith aide who has also called himself Wolfowitz's "Islamic Affairs adviser" and INC leader Ahmed Chalabi.

Wurmser also gave thanks to Irving Moskowitz, a major casino operator and long-time funder of Israel's settlement movement, whom he described as a "gentle man whose generous support of AEI allows me to be here." 1996 Report, "A Clean Break" and "Coping With Crumbling States.""

Right Web | Individual Profile | David Wurmser

Right Web | Individual Profile | David Wurmser: "David Wurmser, Dick Cheney's Middle East adviser, is a neocon ideologue who has participated in several key reports outlining the neoconservative agenda in the Middle East. In 1996 he helped write a report for Israel's Likud party that urged Israel to break off then-ongoing peace initiatives. The report, which was titled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" and was published by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (an Israeli- and DC-based think tank) advised then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "to work closely with Turkey and Jordan to contain, destabilize, and roll-back" regional threats, help overthrow Saddam Hussein, and strike "Syrian military targets in Lebanon" and possibly in Syria proper. Coauthors of the report included Richard Perle, Meyrav Wurmser, and Douglas Feith. (6)

In 2000, Wurmser worked on a strategy document published by Daniel Pipe's Middle East Forum and Ziad Abdelnour's U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon that advocated a wider U.S. role in Lebanon. The study, "Ending Syria's Occupation of Lebanon: The U.S. Role?" called for the United States to force Syria from Lebanon and to disarm it of its alleged weapons of mass destruction. It also argued that "Syrian rule in Lebanon stands in direct opposition to American ideals" and criticized the United States for engaging rather than confronting the regime. Among the documents signers were several soon-to-be Bush administration figures, including Elliott Abrams, Douglas Feith, Michael Rubin, and Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky. Other signers included Richard Perle, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Michael Ledeen, and Frank Gaffney. (1, 3)

Wurmser is married to Meyrav Wurmser, the director of Middle East studies at the right-wing Hudson Institute."

Eli Lake Article. Bolton Aide Investigated for Security Clearence Violations

Bolton�s Tough Words: "Publication:The New York Sun; Date:Aug 20, 2004; Section:Editorial & Opinion; Page:9

Bolton’s Tough Words
Eli Lake offers a glimpse into the national security debate in Washington
Eli Lake Mr. Lake is a Washington correspondent of The New York Sun and may be reached at elake@nysun.com.

An illuminating glimpse into the national-security debate was opened this week in Washington over Undersecretary of State John Bolton’s warning that Iran had threatened European diplomats that it would begin work on an atom bomb. Mr. Bolton issued his heads-up on Tuesday, saying that Iranian negotiators warned French, German, and British diplomats last month in talks in Paris that “they could enrich enough uranium for a nuclear weapon within a year and they could produce nuclear weapons within the range of our own assessment, which is a way of threatening the Europeans to get them to back down.” Not surprisingly, anonymous European diplomats quickly disagreed with this assessment. According to two news reports, they had discrepancies with Mr. Bolton’s account, but generally agreed that Iran’s deputy negotiator, Hoseyn Moussavian, stated that his country could begin uranium enrichment within a year.

It isn’t the first time Mr. Bolton’s tough words for proliferating dictators have earned him the scorn of critics — both inside and outside the Bush administration. Last year, North Korea’s official news agency called him “human scum.” Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in 2002 launched a security clearance investigation against a member of his staff for the high crime of leaking unclassified documents to — get this — the Pentagon.

The latest criticism from Europe no doubt reflects the fact that the French, Germans, and British enjoy a robust trade with the Islamic republic, taking advantage of a market that has been closed to most American companies since Ayatollah Khomeini deposed the Shah in 1979.These three countries have also pursued a policy to engage the ruling mullahs in talks hoping to persuade them to open their facilities to International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, a policy that has failed miserably, as evidenced by the agency’s regular reports on the Iranian nuclear program. Last month, Iran announced that it was breaking the IAEA seals on facilities that were closed after the international body learned Iran had undeclared sites for enriching uranium.

It’s also unsurprising that some American officials, likely residing in Mr. Bolton’s building, would not want this threat from Iran to come out. Last summer, it was Mr. Armitage who tacitly approved the European engagement initiative to forestall penalizing Tehran even as Mr. Bolton was pushing his European counterparts to recommend Iran’s transgressions be brought before the U.N. Security Council.

What is surprising is that Mr. Bolton was also pounced on by the pro-Kerry camp. One pro-Kerry blogger, Joshua Micah Marshall, promptly put up a long post Wednesday, saying “Mr. Bolton is probably more guilty than any other member of this administration of repeated, public misstatements, exaggerations and distortions of intelligence about Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Cuba and other countries regarding weapons of mass destruction and proliferation issues.”

To be sure, Mr. Bolton has had his share of disagreements with members of Washington’s professional intelligence bureaucracy. In one famous episode, the CIA went out of its way to scuttle Mr. Bolton’s testimony before the House International Relations Committee on Syria’s weapons of mass destruction program. In another case, President Carter, of all people, asserted — while on Cuban soil — that he saw no evidence for Mr. Bolton’s claims about Fidel Castro’s biological weapons programs. Few people at the time, or since, noted that in both these cases, Mr. Bolton’s remarks were approved by not only the State Department, but also the National Security Council.

In the latest case, it is amazing to see the Kerry camp crediting — as Mr. Marshall clearly did — anonymous French and German diplomats against the view of a sitting American undersecretary of state. By targeting Mr. Bolton as an individual, his critics conceal the fact that his public statements advance the policy of the president and his administration.

But just to make sure, I checked with Mr. Bolton’s office about the claim that Iran was prepared to enrich uranium within a year. In a written response to my query that was approved by the State Department, Mr. Bolton said, “Iran has suggested that it could possess nuclear weapons within three years, in addition the Iranians have said that they could have the capability within a year to enrich uranium to weapons grade levels, the critical step in a weapons program.”

Mr. Marshall calls Mr. Bolton’s practice of speaking his mind “deceitful and manipulative.” But Mr. Bolton to date is the only person in this story who has stood by his account of the Iranian meetings on the record. And when he was asked again about the issue, he stood by his original claim.The deceivers and manipulators in this case appear to be the anonymous diplomats and Kerry’s supporters seeking to advance a policy of engagement at the expense of Mr. Bolton’s reputation."

KR Washington Bureau 08/01/03 Wurmser is the Link Between Maloof and John Bolton

KR Washington Bureau | 08/01/2003 | U.S. revokes security clearance for Pentagon employee: "U.S. revokes security clearance for Pentagon employee

By Warren P. Strobel

Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON - A veteran Pentagon employee who was a key player in the effort to find links between Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida has been stripped of his security clearance, according to senior U.S. officials.

The employee, F. Michael Maloof, is associated with a Lebanese-American businessman who is under federal investigation for possible involvement in a gun-running scheme to Liberia, the West African nation embroiled in civil war. The businessman, Imad El Haje, approached Maloof on behalf of Syria to seek help in arranging a communications channel between Syria and the Defense Department.

Maloof is close to influential foreign policy hawks inside and outside government, some of whom lobbied vigorously to get his clearance restored despite objections from government security officers, one official said.

The officials involved all spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing classified matters.

Maloof is a Pentagon veteran who has made a career of attempting to suppress the trade in high-tech goods with military uses. He was awarded the Defense Department's Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

The battle over Maloof's access to government secrets appears to be part of a larger struggle in the Bush administration over control of intelligence and foreign policy.

On one side are officials who say senior Pentagon civilians are conducting foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, outside of established channels on the basis of questionable intelligence. On the other are hawks who say the State Department, the CIA and others don't fully appreciate the threats the United States faces.

Maloof, contacted three times, declined comment, but his backers contend that his superiors at the Defense Department cleared his contact with El Haje. One person close to Maloof said he had informed his Pentagon superiors about his dealings with El Haje, terming it a "sensitive relationship" that could benefit U.S. security in the Middle East.

Maloof is on administrative leave and hasn't been charged with wrongdoing. Those close to him contend that his clearances were pulled in retaliation for challenging the official assessment that there were no operational terrorist links between al-Qaida and Iraq.

Maloof was part of a two-man team created at the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to find such links. The team was a predecessor to the Pentagon's controversial Office of Special Plans.

Maloof and David Wurmser, who's now an aide to Undersecretary of State John Bolton, claimed they had found evidence that Sunni and Shiite Muslim groups, as well as secular Islamic countries, cooperate to harm the United States despite their many differences.

Pentagon officials briefed the CIA on the team's findings in August 2002. CIA Director George Tenet sat in on part of the briefing.

Most intelligence analysts and terrorism specialists vigorously dispute that any operational ties exist between Iraq and al-Qaida. One senior official said no new evidence of active cooperation between them had been found since the United States invaded Iraq.

After Maloof's clearances were revoked in December 2001, several individuals close to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld came to his defense and wrote supporting letters, officials said. They included Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, the Pentagon's No. 3 civilian, who oversees the Office of Special Plans, and Richard Perle, a top outside adviser and former chairman of the influential Defense Policy Board, a group of outsiders who advise the defense secretary.

The action was on appeal until late May 2003, when the appeal was rejected.

An individual close to Maloof charged that the action was payback for Maloof's work, which challenged the official orthodoxy.

"We were able to show that they had not done their work, they had not done their analysis," said the individual. The lifting of Maloof's security clearance "is definitely retaliation," he said. There "was an ongoing battle" between security professionals and the "forces of political incorrectness," a senior official said.

Other U.S. officials disputed that the action was politically motivated.

The FBI and the Customs Service are investigating El Haje, a onetime associate of Liberian President Charles Taylor. The investigation is probing allegations of possible gun running into Liberia, which would violate a United Nations embargo that official U.S. policy honors.

El Haje, who's believed to be in Beirut, Lebanon, was detained at Washington Dulles International Airport outside Washington on Jan. 28 for attempting to export a .45-caliber handgun without a license. According to one account, he paid a small administrative fine, but faced no criminal charge.

Repeated attempts to reach El Haje through his firm, American Underwriters Group, in Vienna, Va., and Beirut, were unsuccessful."

CJR - AIPAC Attack? Steven Rosen Crushes Moderate Jemish Voices Jan?fed 1993

CJR - AIPAC Attack? by Daniel Eisenberg: "AIPAC ATTACK?

Charges of Pressure at a Jewish Weekly

by Daniel Eisenberg
Eisenberg is an intern at CJR.
Before the summer of 1992 Washington Jewish Week was best known for its keen political and investigative reporting. A highly regarded independent Jewish newspaper, it received four 1991 awards from the American Jewish Press Association, not to mention four Laurels in the past four years from CJR. Recently, however, the paper has faced allegations that political pressure played a significant role in the demotion and subsequent resignation of its editor.

This tale of politics and publishing began at a picnic one Sunday in May 1991, when Andrew Silow Carroll, managing editor and de facto editor-in-chief of Washington Jewish Week, was invited to address the area's "alternative" Jewish community. The picnic, sponsored by a number of groups on the left of the political spectrum, included a workshop on the relative power and political leanings of Jewish-American organizations, including the powerful pro-Israel lobby -- the American Israel Public Affairs Committee -- about which WJW had run some tough pieces. In his speech, Carroll commented that in recent years, AIPAC had drifted to the right, while left-wing groups, for their part, "had been too strident in their criticism of Israel."

Carroll's remarks were summarized in a memo written by an AIPAC intern who attended the workshop. The memo cited Carroll's comments on AIPAC's power and his remark that "as long as we are meeting on park benches and the right is meeting in hotel ballrooms, the Jewish community must still be embracing the right." The memo called attention to Carroll's use of the word "we" to refer to the left. That summer, AIPAC's foreign policy director, Steven Rosen, brought the memo to the attention of The Washington Post's Lloyd Grove, who, in a series on AIPAC, reported that the lobby had asked Carroll to take his regular AIPAC reporter -- Larry Cohler -- off a certain story, and that Carroll had refused.

Then, in April 1992, Carroll was in effect demoted. Linda Gordon Kuzmack, an academic who had worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Council but who had no professional newspaper experience, was brought in above him. Stripped of most of his responsibilities and offended by his publisher's choice, Carroll resigned on June 8. Two months later Kuzmack, who was having trouble running the paper, was asked to leave.

At about the same time, an article by Robert I. Friedman in the August 4 Village Voice reported that AIPAC's Rosen had leaked the memo to board members of WJW in an effort to get Carroll fired. The report sparked a rash of angry editorials within the Jewish press, which, like the labor press, the Catholic press, and others, can be sensitive to charges of interference from the organizations they cover. Most of the Jewish press is financially dependent on major Jewish institutions; Washington Jewish Week is independent.

Leonard Kapiloff, the publisher, disputes the claim that the memo had anything to do with Carroll's demotion: "My problem with Andy was falling circulation." He adds that he has consistently defended WJW's tough reporting an AIPAC.

Carroll acknowledges that circulation was a problem, but notes that he took over the paper at the beginning of a recession. He remains convinced that "AIPAC's pressure played a strong part" in his downfall.

One thing seems clear: AIPAC's Rosen did want to bring about change at the paper. He told the Baltimore Jewish Times that "keeping the paper in the hands of the 'alternative' crowd was unhealthy." And he has acknowledged to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he provided the information in the memo to a WJW board member as evidence that Carroll "sought to bring down the organized Jewish community."

The board member, Richard Schifter, a former assistant secretary of state for human rights, admits that Rosen mentioned the memo to him but denies ever discussing it with the weekly's publisher. AIPAC, for its part, claims that Rosen told Schifter about the memo only after Carroll had been demoted.

While the charges flew back and forth, trouble continued at Washington Jewish Week. For several weeks after Kuzmack's dismissal, a group of staff members -- including features editor Judith Sloan Deutsch and copy editor Carol Arenberg -- ran the paper. In early September, both were fired, told by publisher Kapiloff that he "could not tolerate divided loyalties on the staff" -- a reference to Deutsch and Arenberg's perceived loyalty to Carroll.

Larry Cohler, meanwhile, remains at Washington Jewish Week. In a letter to the Baltimore Jewish Times last August, he voiced concerns about his former editor's plight: "Do they [AIPAC] find it appropriate that a senior AIPAC official, whose efforts are supposedly devoted to fighting anti-Israel groups, should direct his considerable resources against the livelihood of mainstream Jews working at a local Jewish newspaper with which he disagrees?"

Kapiloff, for his part, claims that WJW is back on its feet again, with rising circulation and a renewed commitment to the local Jewish community. His new managing editor, meanwhile, if Eric Rozenman, formerly the editor of Near East Report, an AIPAC publication"