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  • De Borchgrave: Mideast $400 Oil Imminent With Mideast Upheaval

    02/24/2011 7:26:23 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 35 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 2-22-11 | Jim Meyers and Ashley Martella
    Award-winning journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave tells Newsmax that the increasingly volatile situation in the Middle East could push the price of oil quickly to $300 or even $400 a barrel. Such a price would mean a gallon of gasoline costing as much as $15 at American pumps, perhaps higher depending on local, state and federal taxes, according to analysts interviewed by Newsmax. De Borchgrave, who has interviewed Moammar Gadhafi six times, also says the Libyan leader is manic-depressive who is going through a manic phrase where he is “taking on the world.”
  • Iran's Mixed Signals

    08/01/2007 10:24:12 AM PDT · by Fennie · 6 replies · 468+ views
    United Press International ^ | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    WASHINGTON, July 5 (UPI)-- The regular army and the Revolutionary Guards appear to be at odds over their respective strategic readings of U.S. intentions. General Yahya Safavi, commander of the RG, evidently believes a military showdown with the United States is in the cards. "In time of war," said Safavi, "we can recruit an army of 12 million within 48 hours." And, "if God forbid, we face a disaster during war, each of our (RG) brigades will recruit 10 "Ashura" battalions from among the Basiji troops, and that way they will turn into a division...
  • Magic Carpet Ride Over Iran

    04/12/2006 6:17:22 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 21 replies · 935+ views
    News Max ^ | April 12, 2006 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    If you liked the "cakewalk" through Iraq, you'll love a ride on the magic carpet over Iran. While Condoleezza Rice said this was not the time to try and come to a conclusion about what the next step on Iran's nuclear defiance might be, those who assured us Operation Iraqi Freedom would be a walk in the park are now telling us Operation Silence Mullahs would be casualty-free – at least for the good guys. A prominent "neocon," still in good odor at the White House and OSD (Office of the Secretary of Defense), speaking privately, assured us that by...
  • Pakistan the imponderable [Arnaud de Borchgrave]

    03/09/2006 7:59:16 AM PST · by aculeus · 7 replies · 307+ views
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | March 9, 2006 | By Arnaud de Borchgrave
    In private huddles with American interlocutors, Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf agrees, in principle, with any U.S. concept or notional future option for the war on terrorism. No sooner is the U.S. visitor airborne than survival instincts dictate how fighting is done every step of the way. In Pakistan, the military ruler's "yes" or "no" is only an interim response. This convoluted modus operandi prompted President Bush, on his 24-hour, first-time visit to a Pakistani capital city in total lockdown, to say, "Part of my mission today was to determine whether or not the president is as committed as he...
  • Later Than We Think

    02/06/2006 8:20:59 PM PST · by Candor7 · 14 replies · 1,125+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 6, 2006 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The man in charge of hoodwinking the Western powers about Iran's now 18-year-old secret nuclear program believes the apocalypse will happen in his own lifetime. He'll be 50 in October. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Shi'ite creed has convinced him lesser mortals can not only influence but hasten the awaited return of the 12th Imam, known as the Mahdi. Iran's dominant "Twelver" sect holds this will be Muhammad ibn Hasan, the righteous descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He is said to have gone into "occlusion" in the 9th century, at age 5. His return will be preceded by cosmic chaos, war, bloodshed...
  • de Borchgrave - Later than we think (on Iran president Ahmadinejad)

    02/02/2006 4:12:52 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 54 replies · 1,672+ views
    United Press International (excerpt) ^ | February 2, 2005 | ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The man in charge of hoodwinking the Western powers about Iran's now 18-year-old secret nuclear program believes the apocalypse will happen in his own lifetime. He'll be 50 in October. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Shiite creed has convinced him lesser mortals can not only influence, but also hasten the awaited return of the 12th imam known as the Mahdi. Iran's dominant "Twelver" sect holds this will be Mohammed ibn Hasan, the righteous descendant of the Prophet Mohammad. He is said to have gone into "occlusion" in the 9th century, at the age of five....
  • Reaping what we sow (Arnaud de Borchgrave on democracy)

    01/28/2006 12:31:12 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 593+ views
    UPI ^ | Jan 27, 2006 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Free elections, we have been told ad nauseam, lead to a healthy body politic called democracy. Unfortunately for those who see the cliché as an article of faith, free elections and democracy are not synonymous. Hitler won a free election - and went on to build the world's most formidable war machine in history's blink of an eye. A free election recently propelled Evo Morales, a man whose idols are Fidel Castro and his Venezuelan look-alike Hugo Chavez, and who represents the coca growers of Bolivia, to the presidency of his country. Freely elected Chavez is spreading his oil-at-almost-$70-a-barrel money...
  • Target Iran

    01/06/2006 7:14:48 PM PST · by LSUfan · 29 replies · 1,320+ views
    UPI ^ | Jan 05, 2006 | Arnaud De Borchgrave
    If anyone has any doubt about the kind of nuclear work Iran has been doing for the past 18 years, it must be a case of naiveté compounded by gullibility. Nor should there be any uncertainty about what Iran's mullahocracy would do with a nuclear weapon.
  • Living forever

    12/29/2005 5:16:31 PM PST · by sourcery · 58 replies · 1,127+ views
    Praised as the Thomas Edison of the 21st century, Ray Kurzweil was selected as one of "16 revolutionaries who made America," along with the great inventors of the past two centuries. Forbes magazine called him "the ultimate thinking machine" and The Wall Street Journal dubbed him "the restless genius." Kurzweil is in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, With 12 honorary doctorates and the world's largest prize for innovation - the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT award. Kurzweil, now 57, published what is arguably the most blogged-about book of 2005, a 640-page blockbuster: "The Singularity Is Near," a road map to "a unique...
  • A Ride on the Wild Side [Arnaud de Borchgrave seeks to interview Osama]

    09/25/2005 10:51:28 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 22 replies · 644+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 September 2005 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    NEAR MIRANSHAH, North Waziristan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan. More than a year of intermittent talks with Osama bin Laden's clandestine network in Pakistan led to a 750-mile journey through territory forbidden to foreigners and two of the country's four provinces. The UPI team, in native kameez shalwar dress, included a Pakistani media consultant and personal friend, who asked his name be withheld pending a meeting with bin Laden; a driver; our security chief; and a constantly changing member of the secret network, as we moved from one relay point to the next. It soon became clear the operatives...
  • Analysis: A mini-Tet offensive in Iraq? (How the Left aided the enemy in Vietnam)

    08/22/2005 8:05:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies · 731+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Any seasoned reporter covering the Tet offensive in Vietnam 36 years ago is well over 60 and presumably retired or teaching journalism is one of America's 4,200 colleges and universities. Before plunging into an orgy of erroneous and invidious historical parallels between Iraq and Vietnam, a reminder about what led to the U.S. defeat in Southeast Asia is timely. Iraq will only be another Vietnam if the home front collapses, as it did following the Tet offensive, which began on the eve of the Chinese New Year, Jan. 31, 1968. The surprise attack was designed...
  • Narco-state conundrum

    06/02/2005 10:40:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 304+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2005 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The Washington Timeswww.washingtontimes.com Narco-state conundrumBy Arnaud de BorchgravePublished June 2, 2005 Washington is not the only place were facts have fallen on hard times. It is now "quite impossible" for al Qaeda-linked terrorists to launch attacks across the 1,200 miles of mountains and valleys that separate Pakistan and Afghanistan. So said the commander of some 70,000 Pakistani troops deployed among 669 outposts.     From the highest eastern point at 21,000 feet in the Chitral area to the triborder region of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the average height is 12,000 feet. The foreign defense attaches who listened to Pakistani Gen. Safdar...
  • Broken back syndrome

    05/23/2005 12:07:50 PM PDT · by JZelle · 12 replies · 659+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-23-05 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Al Qaeda has been dealt yet another "broken back," this time by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. President Bush delivered the first in a series of "broken backs" when he said three-quarters of al Qaeda's leadership had been killed or captured. Mr. Musharraf, in describing the helpless terrorist giant with a broken back, said: "Whatever they are now capable of doing is individual and group actions divorced from central command ... they are on the run in the mountains, not in contact with each other."
  • The Queen Was No Madam (Newsweek wrecked foreign relations once before)

    05/18/2005 1:42:24 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 16 replies · 1,075+ views
    United Press International ^ | May 18, 2005 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The current credibility scandal over a small Newsweek item about a Muslim holy book allegedly flushed down a toilet by a U.S. serviceman to cower a prisoner was a faint echo from a single sentence in Newsweek 42 years ago about a string of bordellos allegedly managed by the queen mother of Cambodia — and that changed the course of history. In early fall 1963, when I was Newsweek's managing editor for International Editions and foreign editor of Newsweek's U.S. edition, the magazine ran a long piece from a staff correspondent about Cambodia. Referring to Prince Sihanouk's powerful family, the...
  • The gathering Pentagon storm

    04/08/2005 8:38:02 AM PDT · by worldclass · 16 replies · 1,275+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/8/2005 | Arnaud de Borchgrave/Harlan Ullman
    The ingredients for a raging storm are gathering around the Pentagon. Any one, under the wrong circumstances and wrongly handled, will have destructive effect and could even reach tsunami proportions. Perhaps not since 1947-1949, when the Defense Department was created, has the Pentagon faced such challenges.
  • Analysis: See no evil

    03/11/2005 2:52:34 PM PST · by Willie Green · 27 replies · 501+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Mar 11, 2005 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Washington, DC, Mar. 11 (UPI) -- The load for Customs and Border Protection is staggering: 80 million passengers flying in to the United States per year on 823,757 commercial airliners and 139,650 private planes; 330 million people coming across the Canadian and Mexican borders by auto, train and truck; another 18 million by sea; and almost 200,000 cargo ships unloading some ten million containers in U.S. ports -- all this per annum. About 10 million illegals are embedded among almost 300 million Americans and some four million each and every year are smuggled across the Mexican border -- about 14,000...
  • Warning Of A Perfect Storm

    02/26/2005 1:32:44 PM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 34 replies · 1,647+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | 2-25-2005 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Imagine a world where Russia and the European Union of 25 nations, and Russia and China, and the EU and China, all find more in common with each other than with the United States? Unimaginable, you say. And you would be right. But the seeds of such an anti-U.S. entente were planted in Europe this week. In Brussels, President Bush told the EU3 - France, the UK and Germany - that it was their responsibility to quash Iran's nuclear ambitions, and the U.S. would not negotiate directly with the totalitarian theocracy in Tehran. The U.S....
  • Ana Pauker's Romanian legacy (How Ion Pacepa got the shaft from Romania's "former" Communists)

    02/03/2005 5:51:22 PM PST · by TapTheSource · 8 replies · 820+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 11, | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Ana Pauker's Romanian legacy By Arnaud de Borchgrave UPI Editor at Large Washington, DC, Jan. 11 (UPI) Personally trained by Stalin, Ana Pauker, Romania's Communist tyrant, had earned her spurs the only way the Soviet tyrant trusted. She denounced her own Communist husband, who was shipped to Siberia to die in the gulag. This was Pauker's ticket to ride a Soviet tank into "liberated" Bucharest in 1944, where she replaced the recently departed Nazi Gauleiter for Romania. The personification of Communist evil, Pauker got her just desserts shortly before Stalin's death in 1953. After supervising the rigged "purge" trials of...
  • Allah off the Richter scale.

    01/10/2005 7:57:54 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 66 replies · 1,981+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | January 10, 2005 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The killer wave that swallowed tens of thousands of Muslims was an act of Allah designed to punish the Christians. So went the convoluted logic of some Muslim imams in recent sermons from Saudi Arabia to the Palestinian territories. Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Munajiid explained God's tsunami punishment of Christians stemmed from "the Christian holidays [that] are accompanied by forbidden things, by immorality, abomination, adultery, alcohol, drunken dancing and revelry. A belly dancer costs 2,500 pounds a minute and a singer costs 50,000 pounds an hour, and they hop from one hotel to another from night to dawn. "Then they spend...
  • Osama's new strategy

    12/21/2004 1:06:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 449+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, December 21, 2004 | By Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Don't hold your breath, but it begins to look like a new al Qaeda "MO" -- shifting the focus of terrorist attacks from the U.S. mainland to U.S. interests in the Middle East and European governments that support the United States in Iraq.     As Osama bin Laden surveys the international scene from his secret base in Pakistan, he has convinced himself the U.S. empire can be defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia much the way his mujahideen guerrillas defeated the Soviet empire in Afghanistan.     In his videotape released four days before the U.S. elections, bin Laden referred to the way...
  • Coming geopolitical quakes

    12/15/2004 8:29:32 AM PST · by worldclass · 9 replies · 662+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/15/2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Movers and shakers as well as long-range thinkers and planners meet in a wide variety of intelligence and think-tank huddles. These over-the-horizon, out-of-the-box appraisals range from good news scenarios (the minority) to the kind of global unraveling funk whose only antidote would be a desert island.
  • Europe's Civil War?

    11/21/2004 7:05:57 AM PST · by jolie560 · 14 replies · 842+ views
    NYPOST ^ | November 21, 2004 | Arnaud De Borchgrave
    It was such Dutch tolerance, pragmatism and guilt about the country's colonial past that allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Muslim Indonesia (a Dutch colony from the 17th century until World War II) to flood into tiny Holland. Today, Muslims are a majority among children under 14 in the Netherlands' four largest cities. There are 1 million Muslims (6 percent of the population) now living in Europe's most crowded small country. Some 30,000 new Muslims arrive every year. They tend to live among themselves, with their own schools, mosques and restaurants. Most are horrified by what they view as...
  • EUROPE'S CIVIL WAR?

    11/21/2004 6:10:28 AM PST · by Ginifer · 24 replies · 2,064+ views
    www.nypost.com ^ | November 21, 2004 | ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
    THE Netherlands has long been Europe's most permissive society — everything from window-shopping in Amsterdam for scantily clad hookers (50 to 80 Euros for 15 to 30 minutes) to hashish aroma in marijuana-smoke-filled cafes. The government and the sex workers union protect some 30,000 women. The pimps are landlords and the aging prostitutes are quickly replaced with a steady influx from the former Soviet republics and East European countries. A Dutch brothel chain is suing the government for failing to green-light the "Yum Yum Caviar Club" at Schiphol Airport "to cater to stressed travelers in transit." The government responded that...
  • Washington Times columnist: "Iraq's bridge too far"

    09/16/2004 11:50:30 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 109 replies · 1,560+ views
    Washington Times/UPI ^ | Sept 16, 04 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Madrid, Spain, Sep. 15 (UPI) -- Off the record conversations with intelligence chiefs in five major European countries -- each with multiple assets in Iraq -- showed remarkable agreement on these points: -- The neo-con objectives for restructuring Iraq into a functioning model democracy were a bridge too far. They were never realistic. [snip] -- The insurgency has mushroomed from 5,000 in the months following the collapse of the Saddam Hussein regime to an estimated 20,000 today, which is still growing. Insurgents are targeting green Iraqi units and volunteers for training and some have already defected to the rebels. [snip]...
  • Al Qaeda's U.S. network

    08/13/2004 4:15:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 854+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 13, 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Al Qaeda's U.S. networkBy Arnaud de BorchgravePublished August 13, 2004 Before we convince ourselves al Qaeda is down for the count, check the stats.     Islamist extremists in the world as estimated by moderate Muslim leaders: about 12 million. Fundamentalist sympathizers: 120 million. Those numbers represent 1 percent and 10 percent of the world's Muslim population of 1.2 billion. The CIA puts the extremists much higher -- 40 million. --snip--     Germany has 8,000 mosques, according to German intelligence officials, to minister to a Turkish minority of 2.4 million and some 500,000 North African Muslims. France has...
  • Al Qaeda's U.S. network

    08/12/2004 11:25:31 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 14 replies · 622+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 13, 2004 | By Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The Washington Timeswww.washingtontimes.com Al Qaeda's U.S. networkBy Arnaud de BorchgravePublished August 13, 2004 Before we convince ourselves al Qaeda is down for the count, check the stats.     Islamist extremists in the world as estimated by moderate Muslim leaders: about 12 million. Fundamentalist sympathizers: 120 million. Those numbers represent 1 percent and 10 percent of the world's Muslim population of 1.2 billion. The CIA puts the extremists much higher -- 40 million.     Then there's the number who trust Osama bin Laden more than President Bush: a majority in Muslim countries whose populations total 450 million.     European intelligence services know an alarming...
  • Commentary: The real culprit of 9/11?

    08/04/2004 1:52:42 PM PDT · by NINTH GATE · 51 replies · 1,151+ views
    United Press International ^ | JULY 23, 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Washington, DC, Jul. 22 (UPI) -- On the eve of the publication of its report, the 9/11 Commission was given a stunning document from Pakistan, claiming that Pakistani intelligence officers knew in advance of the 9/11 attacks. The document, from a high-level, but anonymous Pakistani source, also claims that Osama bin Laden has been receiving periodic treatment for dialysis in a military hospital in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province adjacent to the Afghan border.
  • Report: Pakistan's ISI 'Fully Involved' in 9/11

    08/02/2004 5:52:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 1,421+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/3/04 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The Sept. 11 Commission has found troubling new evidence that Iran was closer to al-Qaida than was Iraq. More importantly, and through no fault of its own, the commission missed the biggest prize of all: Former Pakistani intelligence officers knew beforehand all about the September 11 attacks. They even advised Osama bin Laden and his cohorts how to attack key targets in the United States with hijacked civilian aircraft. And bin Laden has been undergoing periodic dialysis treatment in a military hospital in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province adjacent to the Afghan border. The information came to the...
  • The real culprit of 9/11?

    08/02/2004 10:02:24 AM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies · 576+ views
    Pakistan Facts.com ^ | July 23, 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The real culprit of 9/11? Author: Date: July 23, 2004 On the eve of the publication of its report, the 9/11 Commission was given a stunning document from Pakistan, claiming that Pakistani intelligence officers knew in advance of the 9/ 11 attacks. The document, from a high-level, but anonymous Pakistani source, also claims that Osama bin Laden has been receiving periodic treatment for dialysis in a military hospital in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province adjacent to the Afghan border. The document was received by the Commission this week as its own report was already coming off the...
  • The real culprit of 9/11?

    07/25/2004 1:13:05 PM PDT · by JimBr · 19 replies · 824+ views
    United Press International ^ | 7/22/2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Commentary: The real culprit of 9/11? By Arnaud de Borchgrave UPI Editor at Large Published 7/22/2004 5:13 PM WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- On the eve of the publication of its report, the 9/11 Commission was given a stunning document from Pakistan, claiming that Pakistani intelligence officers knew in advance of the 9/11 attacks. The document, from a high-level, but anonymous Pakistani source, also claims that Osama bin Laden has been receiving periodic treatment for dialysis in a military hospital in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province adjacent to the Afghan border. The document was received by the...
  • Iran in Bombsights?

    07/09/2004 6:34:31 AM PDT · by kattracks · 13 replies · 690+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 7/09/04 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    As the Bush administration concludes it cannot risk Iranian retaliation against a fragile Iraq under U.S. occupation, Israel is dusting off contingency plans to take out Iran's nuclear installations. On June 24, Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to former President George H.W. Bush (41), asked the key question: "Are we serious in our efforts to prevent [Iranian] nuclear proliferation, or will we watch the world descend into a maelstrom where weapons-grade nuclear material is plentiful, and unimaginable destructive capability is available to any country or group with a grudge against society?" It did not require an overwhelming effort of imagination...
  • Iran in bombsights?

    07/05/2004 12:49:47 AM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies · 1,719+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Iran in bombsights?By Arnaud de BorchgravePublished July 5, 2004 As the Bush administration concludes it cannot risk Iranian retaliation against a fragile Iraq under U.S. occupation, Israel is dusting off contingency plans to take out Iran's nuclear installations.     On June 24, Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to former President George H.W. Bush (41), asked the key question: "Are we serious in our efforts to prevent [Iranian] nuclear proliferation, or will we watch the world descend into a maelstrom where weapons-grade nuclear material is plentiful, and unimaginable destructive capability is available to any country or group...
  • Saudis, Heads-in-Sand, Saw No Evil

    06/18/2004 6:15:06 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 245+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/19/04 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Osama bin Laden running for high office in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia? And winning a free election hands down? A preposterous scenario, but one that was suggested by one of the most important Saudi businessmen, speaking privately in a European capital this week. “We are reaping what we have sown over the last 25 years,” said the billionaire, who is on good terms with the highest-ranking members of the Saudi royal family. The terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia over the past year have not weakened popular support for bin Laden, the Saudi said. The execution of an American technician,...
  • Cakewalkers go AWOL

    06/17/2004 9:45:38 PM PDT · by Destro · 21 replies · 136+ views
    washingtontimes.com ^ | June 16, 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>Two hundred billion dollars later, President Bush is now almost alone in seeing Iraq as a major battlefield against Osama bin Laden's terrorists.</p> <p>Most of the original armchair strategists of the "cakewalk" brigade had gone AWOL. Inside the 61-square-mile zone surrounded by reality, otherwise known as the District of Columbia, the cacophony of mating cicadas had put the war hawks to flight.</p>
  • A Day at Juno Beach

    06/06/2004 3:12:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 1 replies · 185+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/4/04 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Arnaud de Borchgrave wrote this for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Already a veteran of North Atlantic duty with the Royal Navy at the age of 17, de Borchgrave was wounded at Juno Beach on D-Day. He noted: "Average age for the first wave to hit all five beaches was 20. I was 17. There were thousands of 17-year-olds, both in the Navy and Army. One Canadian soldier who died at Juno beach was 16. About 9,000 were killed the first day out of the 100,000 who were put ashore by sundown." Here is his personal recollection of the invasion.After...
  • Through the Pakistani looking glass

    05/31/2004 7:10:29 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 3 replies · 99+ views
    UPI via The Washington Times ^ | May. 31 , 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>Washington, , May. 31 (UPI) -- Pakistan, a "major non-NATO ally" of the U.S., has 22 Urdu-language publications that advocate jihad (holy war) against the United States, Israel and India. They are a blend of information and disinformation designed for the countless millions of gullible men who were educated in madrassas, the Koranic schools where they were taught to read and write and to recite the Koran by heart -- to the exclusion of all other disciplines.</p>
  • Iraq strategy casting call

    05/28/2004 12:52:24 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 165+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, May 28, 2004 | By Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>The portrayals of Uncle Sam were not getting any better. The Financial Times captioned its editorial page cartoon "Security and Stability." President Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sit in their tanks each atop separate piles of bombed-out houses in Gaza and Iraq.</p>
  • Chalabi's Betrayal

    05/22/2004 11:09:04 PM PDT · by John Lenin · 65 replies · 178+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Friday, May 21, 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Chalabi's BetrayalArnaud de BorchgraveFriday, May 21, 2004 This time Ahmad Chalabi’s detractors may have outsmarted themselves. By raiding his Baghdad compound, seizing files and computers, U.S. occupation authorities have conferred on Chalabi the credentials of an anti-American leader. How could he still be considered an American stooge if L. Paul Bremer, chief U.S. administrator in Iraq, authorized a joint U.S. Iraqi swoop on his house? Chalabi, complaining bitterly about his former American friends, immediately played the anti-U.S. card like a true Middle Eastern professional. Americans, he told reporters, have outworn their welcome in Iraq and they should let Iraqis...
  • Commentary: The blame shuffle in Iraq

    05/14/2004 7:49:09 AM PDT · by JohnGalt · 9 replies · 200+ views
    United Press International ^ | 5/11/2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Commentary: The blame shuffle in Iraq By Arnaud de Borchgrave UPI Editor at Large Published 5/11/2004 8:00 AM WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- It was the mother of all crises of confidence. America's name was suddenly mud all over the world. Political cartoons from Bangladesh to Brazil took their lead from the Financial Times: the Statue of Liberty was portrayed as the hooded Abu Ghraib prisoner, electrodes tied to his wrists, swaying precariously on a pedestal. Doubtless Osama Bin Laden was also grateful for the U.S.-supplied recruiting poster. Would-be jihadis (holy warriors) from Morocco to Mindanao now have living proof...
  • "Looking for the exit" (from a quagmire)

    04/30/2004 2:09:46 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 36 replies · 200+ views
    UPI ^ | April 30, 04 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    By Arnaud de Borchgrave UPI Editor at Large Published 4/29/2004 12:38 PM WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- If it wasn't a quagmire, it was certainly quagmiry. And the first prominent retired general to break ranks with President Bush's Iraq war policy was a Republican who once headed the National Security Agency and also served as a deputy National Security Adviser. Gen. William E. Odom, a fluent Russian speaker who teaches at Georgetown and Yale, told the Wall Street Journal's John Harwood staying the course in Iraq is untenable. It was hard to disagree with Odom's description of Mr. Bush's vision...
  • A mini-Tet offensive ?

    04/16/2004 7:50:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 408+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 16, 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com A mini-Tet offensive ?By Arnaud de BorchgraveTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished April 16, 2004 Any seasoned reporter covering the Tet offensive in Vietnam 36 years ago is well over 60 and presumably retired or teaching journalism at one of America's 4,200 colleges and universities. Before plunging into an orgy of erroneous and invidious historical parallels between Iraq and Vietnam, a reminder about what led to the U.S. defeat in Southeast Asia is timely.     Iraq will only be another Vietnam if the home front collapses, as it did following the Tet offensive that began on the eve of...
  • Muslim Fundamentalism (De Borchgrave on C-SPAN at 7:45 EST)

    04/10/2004 4:26:54 AM PDT · by leadpenny · 5 replies · 116+ views
    http://inside.c-spanarchives.org:8080/cspan/schedule.csp Call-In Muslim Fundamentalism C-SPAN, Washington Journal Washington, District of Columbia (United States) De Borchgrave, Arnaud, Editor at Large, United Press International
  • Islamist fifth columns

    04/08/2004 10:02:20 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 27 replies · 234+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 8, 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>The general commanding four loyalist columns moving on Madrid during Spain's civil war (1936-39) referred to his militant supporters within the capital as his "fifth column."</p> <p>Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union maintained fifth columns in the United States. These were groups of secret sympathizers, sleeper cells, or supporters of an enemy that engage in espionage or sabotage, or simply disinform about the attacker's intentions.</p>
  • Islamist fifth columns

    04/07/2004 11:34:03 PM PDT · by ambrose · 24 replies · 604+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4.8.04 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>The general commanding four loyalist columns moving on Madrid during Spain's civil war (1936-39) referred to his militant supporters within the capital as his "fifth column."</p> <p>Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union maintained fifth columns in the United States. These were groups of secret sympathizers, sleeper cells, or supporters of an enemy that engage in espionage or sabotage, or simply disinform about the attacker's intentions.</p>
  • Analysis: A mini-Tet offensive in Iraq?

    04/07/2004 4:08:52 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 43 replies · 361+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/6/2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Any seasoned reporter covering the Tet offensive in Vietnam 36 years ago is well over 60 and presumably retired or teaching journalism is one of America's 4,200 colleges and universities. Before plunging into an orgy of erroneous and invidious historical parallels between Iraq and Vietnam, a reminder about what led to the U.S. defeat in Southeast Asia is timely. Iraq will only be another Vietnam if the home front collapses, as it did following the Tet offensive, which began on the eve of the Chinese New Year, Jan. 31, 1968. The surprise attack was designed...
  • Analysis: A mini-Tet offensive in Iraq

    04/07/2004 12:06:22 AM PDT · by rob777 · 29 replies · 224+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/6/2004 4:12 PM | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Any seasoned reporter covering the Tet offensive in Vietnam 36 years ago is well over 60 and presumably retired or teaching journalism is one of America's 4,200 colleges and universities. Before plunging into an orgy of erroneous and invidious historical parallels between Iraq and Vietnam, a reminder about what led to the U.S. defeat in Southeast Asia is timely. Iraq will only be another Vietnam if the home front collapses, as it did following the Tet offensive, which began on the eve of the Chinese New Year, Jan. 31, 1968. The surprise attack was designed to overwhelm some 70 cities...
  • Chalabi's road to victory

    03/30/2004 7:02:13 AM PST · by J. L. Chamberlain · 9 replies · 108+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/29/2004 12:24 PM | ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
    WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- With only three months to go before L. Paul Bremer trades in his Iraqi pro-consul baton for beachwear and a hard-earned vacation, the country's most controversial politician is already well positioned to become prime minister. Ahmad Chalabi, the Pentagon's heartthrob and the State Department's and CIA's heartbreak, has taken the lead in a yearlong political marathon. Temporary constitutional arrangements are structured to give the future prime minister more power than the president. The role of the president will be limited because his decisions will have to be ratified by two deputy presidents, or vice presidents....
  • Geopolitically Tone Deaf {Arnaud de Borchgrave}

    03/25/2004 6:26:32 AM PST · by DoctorMichael · 16 replies · 127+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/25/03 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>Asking John Kerry to cough up his sources on foreign leaders who told him they looked forward to regime change in Washington next November challenges credulity. Anyone who knows how to keep off-the-record conversations off the record and is trusted by foreign leaders has heard the same refrain not once, but time and again.</p>
  • Al Qaeda into Africa

    03/22/2004 7:47:47 AM PST · by DoctorMichael · 12 replies · 205+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/22/04 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>There now are 40,000 U.N. blue helmeted peacekeepers in six black African countries. Most of them are "volunteered" by other African countries. The best troops are from South Asian countries - Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.</p> <p>Soon Sudan, emerging from the nightmare of a 30-year civil war, will need 8,000 to 10,000 more. But before the first peacekeepers could get there, a new insurgency erupted in the west - the Chad-based Darfar rebellion. Khartoum hit back ruthlessly with scorched-earth tactics and ethnic cleansing.</p>
  • Iraq and the Gulf of Tonkin

    02/10/2004 1:13:18 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 12 replies · 2,108+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>The dust is not about to settle over the intelligence failure in Iraq. But it has already blurred our vision about weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).</p> <p>There is still time to remind ourselves WMDs were not the principal reason for going to war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq; they were the pretext. And that's why irrefutable evidence was not the standard. Axis of evil regime change was the lodestar.</p>