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EXPLODED: 22 Myths About the War on Terror that Osama bin Laden Hopes You'll Believe
National Review Book Service ^ | 2005 | Richard Miniter

Posted on 11/01/2005 5:28:56 PM PST by kellynla

Turn on the TV at any given moment, and you're likely to see some earnest media "expert" telling you confidently that America faces a serious threat from suitcase nukes, that Al-Qaeda terrorists are streaming across the Mexican border, that there was no link between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, and that Iraq is another Vietnam. There's just one problem with all this: none of it is true. Richard Miniter explains why these and other popular media factoids and urban legends are not only wrong, but severely damaging to our war effort, in Disinformation: The 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror.

There are a lot of War on Terror myths masquerading as fact in respected newspapers, on the airwaves, and on the web. Some are cunningly disguised; others are as crude and silly as the ideas that a small band of neocons have made a puppet of the president, and that the collapse of the Twin Towers was an inside job. Many of these myths will surprise you. Miniter, the indefatigable investigative reporter and terrorism expert who has penned two New York Times bestsellers (Losing bin Laden and Shadow War), smashes these myths as he draws on seldom-seen documents, contacts with countless high-level sources, and unique information he has gathered in his travels from Sudan to the Philippines, from Saudi Arabia to Hong Kong, and from Washington to Brussels. He shows not only why you should not believe these myths, but how they play into the hands of the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 - and divert valuable personnel and resources to chasing cold tips down blind alleys.

(Excerpt) Read more at 216.7.14.139 ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: iraq; osamabinladen; wmd
Richard Miniter reveals:

"Three common myths about the Bush Administration that have been spread widely by Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11

The 9/11 hijackers used box-cutters to take control of the four planes they hijacked, right? Wrong -- and how this popular myth got started

Did the U.S. fund the Taliban in the 1980s? It would have been tough, since the Taliban wasn't even formed until 1995

How the only source for the widespread idea that Osama bin Laden is on dialysis and is slowly dying of kidney failure has backed away from his story

Striking evidence that Osama bin Laden is not a reclusive multi-millionaire who can finance his terror campaign out of his own pocket -- and that Al-Qaeda is in fact perennially short of cash

What Osama bin Laden himself has said about the Left's pet charge that he was trained by American officials in Afghanistan -- plus six sources that show that he never had any relationship with the CIA or any other U.S. agency

The deadly lesson that the Iranian revolution taught to bin Laden and his comrades-in-arms

How bin Laden declared war on America five separate times and pursued his jihad war against the United States throughout the 1990s -- contrary to liberal media claims that no one had heard of him before 9/11

Bush knew? No -- as is clear from this close examination of the CIA memo that supposedly warned him about possible hijackings before 9/11

Were 4,000 Jews really absent from their jobs at the World Trade Center on 9/11? The truth about this hateful anti-Semitic canard

Since the September 11 attacks, the world is more dangerous for Americans than ever before, right? Wrong

Are U.S. troops in Iraq to make the world safe for Halliburton? No -- in fact, Halliburton has not made a fortune in Iraq, and is even trying to sell its division that runs Iraqi operations

Why there is absolutely no viable parallel between America's presence in Iraq and the Vietnam War

How the number of civilians killed by American troops in Iraq has been wildly inflated by the rabid leftists among the mainstream media and academic establishment

A war for oil? Why the U.S. is not fighting one in Iraq or anywhere else

No WMDs in Iraq? How the strength of the prewar intelligence on weapons of mass destruction was exaggerated -- but so is the postwar case against that same intelligence

Clear, uncontested, proven links between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Al Qaeda

Saddam Hussein: a secular strongman with no connection to radical Islamic terror organizations? Not quite. His extensive record of cooperation with Islamic terrorist organizations

Why everyone from George W. Bush to Al Gore agrees that poverty is a major cause, if not the cause, of terrorism -- everyone, that is, except the scholars who actually study terrorists

Suitcase nukes? Relax: most of the information causing the fear over this has come from one Russian general who has changed his story many times

Colonel Oliver North: did he really warn America about the threat of Osama bin Laden back in the 1980s?

Did President Bush really say that Iraq was an "imminent threat" to America? What he really said -- and why it matters so much

Four overwhelming reasons why racial profiling would fail to make us any safer against terrorists

Borders out of control? How, as unlikely as it sounds, there are actually no known cases of Al Qaeda terrorists sneaking across the Mexican border

Why so many people are so eager to believe these War on Terror myths, no matter how outlandish they are

Five groups that are most likely to fall for these myths -- including liberals and antiwar crusaders"

1 posted on 11/01/2005 5:28:58 PM PST by kellynla
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To: kellynla

A much needed book for all Americans to read it seems. Too bad not enough of them will. I ordered it immediately, thanks!


2 posted on 11/01/2005 5:34:30 PM PST by ladyinred ("Progressive" = code word for Communist/Nazi)
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To: kellynla
Colonel Oliver North: did he really warn America about the threat of Osama bin Laden back in the 1980s?

Could have. We were supporting the Muja-hadhin in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union occupation. In particular, we were giving $$ to OBL and his group. It turned out to be one of those "blow-back" situations. I'm sure not a few people in the military and intelligence agencies had serious misgivings even back then.

3 posted on 11/01/2005 5:35:44 PM PST by podkane
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To: kellynla

Pushing the poop back into the pony never works out.

People adore their media induced delusions and consider those who would shatter them lunatics.


4 posted on 11/01/2005 5:38:30 PM PST by mmercier
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To: mmercier

Yeah, better just to shoot the pony.


5 posted on 11/01/2005 5:39:50 PM PST by Fledermaus (For years Rush has said the left would really go off the deep end once out of power. He was right!)
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To: kellynla

1. Remind the left that every single Democrat of note said in 1998 that Iraq's WMD posed a danger to the United States.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/972389/posts

2. Remind the left that Clinton's Justice Department obtained a federal indictment of Osama bin Laden which stated that AQ had a deal with Iraq. They agreed not to attack Iraq in exchange for weapons development.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/985906/posts

3. 9/11 Commission reaffirms Bush administration view of Iraq/AQ ties.
June 21, 2004. RNC.
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1157478/posts

4. Long List of Clinton Administration Officials who Believed There was an AQ/Iraq connection.
July 12, 2004. NewsMax.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1169397/posts

5. List of CIA and various Reports regarding Iraq's support for terrorists, terrorism and AQ.
September 16, 2004. The Weekly Standard.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/004/631slkle.asp

6. Osama bin Laden was considered an Iraqi Intelligence asset.
October 14, 2004. National Review.
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1246505/posts

Funny how in the 90's the world was concerned about the growing relationship between OBL and Saddam and now the left is revising history.

Saddam reaching out to OBL
January 1, 1999. Newsweek
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1158277/posts

ABC news reports on the Osama/Saddam connections
January 14, 1999. ABC News
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1229608/posts?page=1

Osama and Saddam Work Together
January 27, 1999. Laurie Mylroie interview. She is a former Clinton terrorism czar.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1158482/posts

A Much Shunned Terrorist Takes Refuge In Iraq (Abu Nidal)
New York Times. January 1999.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1433610/posts

Western Nightmare: Saddam and OBL versus the World. Iraq recruited OBL.
February 6, 1999. The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,798270,00.html

Saddam's Link to OBL
February 6, 1999. The Guardian
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/866105/posts

Saddam offered asylum to bin Laden
February 13, 1999. AP
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1158274/posts

Son of Saddam coordinates with OBL.
Iraqi Special Ops coordinates with Bin Laden's terrorist activities.
August 6, 1999. Yossef Bodansky, National Press Club
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/951911/posts

That and more here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1327993/posts?q=1&&page=151



6 posted on 11/01/2005 5:43:40 PM PST by Peach (The Dems enabled Able Danger. 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: podkane

No, its not blow-back. It's just good old fashioned betrayal. We helped them when they needed it, and they stabbed us in the back. It's who they are.

And BTW: Ollie testified to congress in the 80's about Abu Nidal, not OBL. Nidal, coincidentally, was living out his retirement in Baghdad until about 2003 when he was mysteriously killed. Bummer for him.


7 posted on 11/01/2005 5:45:20 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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To: Fledermaus

>> Yeah, better just to shoot the pony.

I think the pony is shooting itself for us.


8 posted on 11/01/2005 5:45:57 PM PST by mmercier (suicide right on the stage)
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To: Peach

Thanks, Peach!

Looks like you've done your "homework" tonight! LOL

Semper Fi,
Kelly


9 posted on 11/01/2005 5:46:16 PM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: kellynla

Thanks for the thread, Kelly. We just have to use the info we find and make sure the Rats know that we know what hypocrites they are.


10 posted on 11/01/2005 5:48:30 PM PST by Peach (The Dems enabled Able Danger. 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: kellynla; Southack; mhking; Petronski; jwalsh07; All
I listened to Medved interviewing Richard Miniter. It was good and I plan on getting this book.

But allow me to highlight something.

Five groups that are most likely to fall for these myths -- including liberals and antiwar crusaders

For those of you who have been here for a while, just who do you think fits the above description, although they never claimed to be liberals? They were and are still anti-war types, but they should immediately spring to your mind. Oh, BTW, they were LOUD.

Do you remember who they were? (I'm not talking about Justine Raimundo, either.)


If you want a Google GMail account, FReepmail me.

11 posted on 11/01/2005 5:52:18 PM PST by rdb3 (Does this wheelchair make me look fat?)
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To: Fledermaus

The more this material gets out, the fewer and fewer myths will continue to be propagated.

It is a tough slog but it has to be done.

A few days ago, I had to go to extreme lengths to show that Iraq had tons and tons of yellowcake at the end of the war. The Lefties just could not believe that Saddam had yellowcake when it was clear he had no WMDs whatsoever. The answer is about 500 tons of yellowcake and between 1.7 to 2.7 tons of partly enriched uranium were removed from Iraq after the war among tons of other radioactive isotopes. The vast majority of these were already under IAEA seal so the nuclear material Iraq had was already known (that we know about that is. The US military has been pretty cagy about what they have found of course.)


12 posted on 11/01/2005 5:53:08 PM PST by JustDoItAlways
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To: kellynla

I went to college with Rich Miniter at Vassar, back in the late 1980s. Good guy. I heard him on the radio and look forward to getting his new book! KUDOS!


13 posted on 11/01/2005 5:54:53 PM PST by HitmanLV (Listen to my demos for Savage Nation contest: http://www.geocities.com/mr_vinnie_vegas/index.html)
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To: JustDoItAlways
The US military has been pretty cagy about what they have found of course

I've posted a theory before... that perhaps there's much more there than we've let on. With something like 10,000 munitions dumps to locate, isolate and clear, it may take years to complete them all. No sense letting the bad guys know that all they need do is beat us to them. Better to take the lumps for finding nothing, and buy some time.

14 posted on 11/01/2005 6:10:53 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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To: Peach

bttt


15 posted on 11/01/2005 6:24:10 PM PST by Chicos_Bail_Bonds
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To: Rabid Dog

Check out this book. Thanks for the post.


16 posted on 11/01/2005 6:31:28 PM PST by Snapping Turtle (Slow down and get a grip!)
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To: Peach

It was indeed just regarded as common knowledge back in the 1990s that Osama and Saddam were linked. Since Bush was elected, however, the press has gotten amnesia and can't remember even its own reporting.


17 posted on 11/01/2005 6:34:08 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

And did you know that a bunch of 9/11 families sued Iraq over their involvement in 9/11?

And that in the 90's, the MSM wrote dozens of articles about their fear regarding the growing relationship between Saddam and OBL?

Now we're just supposed to think that stuff didn't happen.


18 posted on 11/01/2005 6:36:19 PM PST by Peach (The Dems enabled Able Danger. 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Peach

Again!...keep up the good work and keep posting this...Can't get it emailed out fast enough...U sent any of this to local newspapers?


19 posted on 11/01/2005 7:34:30 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: M-cubed

I've written a bunch of letters to the editor using this stuff; they publish it (we're in a conservative area), but of course, there are leftists here too and they write their own letters and say it's all a lie. LOL

But if we keep e-mailing it around and pushing the Republicans to actually USE the information at their disposal, maybe we'll get somewhere.

I don't understand the reluctance of the Right to take on the lies of the Left.


20 posted on 11/01/2005 7:38:04 PM PST by Peach (The Dems enabled Able Danger. 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Peach

It confuses me to the point of disillusion.


21 posted on 11/01/2005 8:28:49 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Free choice is not what it seems)
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To: JustDoItAlways

Idiots always ignore the proof they are idiots.

To listen to the Dems, especially those on the Intelligence Committee (oxymoron for them), they only voted for the "war" on Iraq (actually, just a continuation of the 1991 war since Iraq was in constant violation of the cease-fire agreement) because of what "Bush said".

To make this statement as they have done proves they are either gullible or really, really stupid. Oh wait, they are both along with being cowardly liars.


22 posted on 11/01/2005 8:35:00 PM PST by Fledermaus (For years Rush has said the left would really go off the deep end once out of power. He was right!)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

23 posted on 11/01/2005 9:54:32 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: podkane
Colonel Oliver North: did he really warn America about the threat of Osama bin Laden back in the 1980s? Could have.

Someone clipped a quote about Abu Nidal.

24 posted on 11/01/2005 10:14:45 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: podkane
In particular, we were giving $$ to OBL and his group.

Completely not true.

25 posted on 11/01/2005 10:15:45 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Ramius

This was the Ollie North Myth and his rebuttal about Osama bin Laden:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You know, it's funny! I remember very vividly the Oliver
North hearings, but did not recall the name of Osama bin
Laden as the terrorist that North was threatened by. Has
this slime ball been around that long? It's pretty evident,
in hindsight that we should have listened to Ollie!

I was at the UNC lecture the other day where they played a
video of Oliver North during the Iran-Contra deals during
the Reagan administration. I was surprised by this
particular clip.

There was Ollie in front of God and Country getting the
third degree. But what he said stunned me. He was being
drilled by some senator who asked him;

"Did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home
security system?"

Oliver replied, "Yes I did sir."

The senator continued, trying to get a laugh out of the
audience, "Isn't this just a little excessive?"

"No sir," continued Oliver.

"No. And why not?"

"Because the life of my family and I were threatened."

"Threatened? By who?"

"By a terrorist, sir."

"Terrorist? What terrorist could possibly scare you that
much?"

"His name is Osama bin Laden."

At this point the senator tried to repeat the name, but
couldn't pronounce it, which most people back then probably
couldn't. A couple of people laughed at the attempt. Then
the senator continued. "Why are you so afraid of this man?"

"Because sir, he is the most evil person alive that I know
of."

"And what do you recommend we do about him?"

"If it were me I would recommend an assassin team be formed
to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth."

The senator disagreed with this approach and that was all
they showed of the clip.

It's scary when you think 15 years ago the government was
aware of Osama bin Laden and his potential threat to the
security of the world. I guess like all great tyrants
they start small but if left unattended spread like the
virus they truly are.


____________________


Comments: Sorry, wrong terrorist. When Colonel Oliver North defended his government-purchased home security system before a Congressional committee in 1987, he cited threats on his life from the infamous Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, not Osama bin Laden. The latter was busy fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan at the time. Bin Laden's fervent hatred of the U.S. is said by most sources to date from 1990, when American troops were stationed in his home country of Saudi Arabia in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

Update:

Oliver North's Response to the Email Rumor
"As you will note, the originator attributes to me certain statements regarding Usama bin Laden and other matters that are simply inaccurate. Though I would like to claim the gift of prophesy, I don't have it."


26 posted on 11/01/2005 10:59:23 PM PST by AmeriBrit (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN CURT WELDON.)
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To: rdb3

If you are going to stir the pot, at least name names!

Are any of these people or groups still here? What arguments did they make?


27 posted on 11/02/2005 5:23:10 AM PST by evilC ([573]Tag Server Error, Tag not found)
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To: kellynla

How did the hijackers take control of 4 jetliners?


28 posted on 11/02/2005 5:30:19 AM PST by wordsofearnest (Bring Back Torre)
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To: kellynla

I'm putting this book on my wish list & requesting it through our library on-line system. The more requests they get, the more likely they are to buy it.


29 posted on 11/02/2005 6:01:40 AM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: AmericaUnite
or you could buy it and donate it to your library...
30 posted on 11/02/2005 6:24:30 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: kellynla

I wanted to do that with a "Newsmax" subscription and a copy of the DVD "Fahrenhype911" but they said no. Not until I have this one person approve it who is never there.

"Newsmax " gives a cheaper price to libraries. They said they had a bunch of libraries reject the gift. So, I want preapproval. That's why I go to the customer request part of our county library system. Maybe other Freepers can do the same. Let them know what we want.


31 posted on 11/02/2005 6:35:03 AM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: podkane

Nope. He was talking about Abu Nidal...


32 posted on 11/02/2005 6:39:19 AM PST by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: kellynla

33 posted on 11/02/2005 7:42:34 AM PST by Grampa Dave (MSM pseudo reporters use "could, may, and might" when they are lying and spinning.)
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To: nutmeg

thanks for the heads up.

I heard the tail end of the interview on the john gambling show the other day. see how all these urban legends start...some people and the press will believe, repeat and write anything.


34 posted on 11/02/2005 8:05:45 AM PST by Coleus (I support ethical, effective and safe stem cell research and use: adult, umbilical cord, bone marrow)
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