Neocon Ex-General to Be Trump’s National Security Advisor
Ledeen has seen his ideas, faxed to Rove, become official policy or rhetoric” more than once. In May 2003, Brown University professor William Beeman drew attention to Ledeen’s clout, writing: “Most Americans have never heard of Michael Ledeen, but if the United States ends up in an extended shooting war throughout the Middle East, it will be largely due to his inspiration.”
“Regime change,” or installing US puppet governments, has a history as long as the CIA, beginning with the overthrow of Iran’s Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953 and his replacement by the Shah, a widely loathed leader later overthrown during the Iranian revolution.
In 1954 the CIA was involved in Central America, this time funding the overthrow of Guatemala’s elected President Jacobo Árbenz and setting in motion America’s addiction to dominating countries through Psychological Operations. Psyops use a mix of naked force and slick media manipulation and are responsible for decades of war in Southeast Asia, the 1980s covert wars in Africa and Afghanistan and wars against progressive forces struggling for freedom and independence in Central America. Ledeen was especially involved in the Iran-Contra affair, in
which it was revealed in 1986 that appointees of President Ronald Reagan had run a secret operation out of the White House to illegally and secretly sell US stinger shoulder-fired anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles to Iran in exchange for for American hostages held in Lebanon.
The complex scheme was financed by an underground network of Central American drug traffickers linked with the CIA. The Agency would transport, on CIA-owned Air America, their cocaine and and sell it in the United States, with the profits being used to by weapons for the Congress, illegally bypassing a Congressional ban on aid to Contra
forces seeking to topple the Nicaraguan Sandinista government.
After the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagonnthese same associates from the Iran-Contra days resurfaced in articles about Ledeen’s push for regime change in Iran. The Australian Sydney Morning Herald reported that Ledeen worked with Pentagon staffers to redevelop the channel to arms dealer Ghorbanifar in an effort to assist resistance groups in Iran. Reported the Herald: “[Harold] Rhode recently acted as a liaison between [Douglas] Feith‘s office … and Ahmed Chalabi, a former Iraqi exile being groomed for leadership (of Iraq) by the Pentagon.”
Rhode is a protégé of Michael Ledeen, who was a National Security Council consultant in the mid-1980s when he introduced Ghorbanifar to Oliver North, then a NSC (National Security Council) aide, and others in the opening stages of the Iran-Contra affair. It is reportedly Ledeen who reopened the Ghorbanifar channel with Mr. Feith’s staff.
Feith was appointed Undersecretary of Defense for Policy for President George W. Bush in 2001, creating the Office of Strategic Influence to support the War on Terror. One of Feith’s most famous reports in that role falsely linked al-Qaeda with Iraq under Saddam Hussein. False intelligence reports from the government during the run-up to the Iraq invasion lured many Americans into supporting the war in Iraq as retaliation for the 9/11 attacks, though in truth Iraq had no role in them.
In 2009, Feith became one of several Bush Administration officials considered for investigation of possible war crimes in a court headed by Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzón. The case had reportedly still been active as recently as 2011.