Skip to comments.EXPLODED: 22 Myths About the War on Terror that Osama bin Laden Hopes You'll Believe
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 184.108.40.206 ...
"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"
A much needed book for all Americans to read it seems. Too bad not enough of them will. I ordered it immediately, thanks!
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.
Pushing the poop back into the pony never works out.
People adore their media induced delusions and consider those who would shatter them lunatics.
Yeah, better just to shoot the pony.
1. Remind the left that every single Democrat of note said in 1998 that Iraq's WMD posed a danger to the United States.
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.
3. 9/11 Commission reaffirms Bush administration view of Iraq/AQ ties.
June 21, 2004. RNC.
4. Long List of Clinton Administration Officials who Believed There was an AQ/Iraq connection.
July 12, 2004. NewsMax.
5. List of CIA and various Reports regarding Iraq's support for terrorists, terrorism and AQ.
September 16, 2004. The Weekly Standard.
6. Osama bin Laden was considered an Iraqi Intelligence asset.
October 14, 2004. National Review.
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
ABC news reports on the Osama/Saddam connections
January 14, 1999. ABC News
Osama and Saddam Work Together
January 27, 1999. Laurie Mylroie interview. She is a former Clinton terrorism czar.
A Much Shunned Terrorist Takes Refuge In Iraq (Abu Nidal)
New York Times. January 1999.
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
Saddam offered asylum to bin Laden
February 13, 1999. AP
Son of Saddam coordinates with OBL.
Iraqi Special Ops coordinates with Bin Laden's terrorist activities.
August 6, 1999. Yossef Bodansky, National Press Club
That and more here:
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.
>> Yeah, better just to shoot the pony.
I think the pony is shooting itself for us.
Looks like you've done your "homework" tonight! LOL
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.
Check out this book. Thanks for the post.
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.
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.
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?
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.
It confuses me to the point of disillusion.
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.
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Someone clipped a quote about Abu Nidal.
Completely not true.
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
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
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
"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
"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
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."
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?
How did the hijackers take control of 4 jetliners?
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.
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.
Nope. He was talking about Abu Nidal...
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.