May 10, 2006
Ray McGovern to Rumsfeld: 'Why Did You Lie?'
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
Twenty-seven-year CIA veteran and BuzzFlash contributor Ray McGovern confronted America's Secretary of Defense in a public forum in Atlanta on May 4, asking the questions that are on all of our minds. He peppered Rumsfeld with facts that clearly contradicted Rumsfeld's own words. He asked Rumsfeld whether he lied, or was misled, about Saddam having weapons of mass destruction and significant ties to al Qaeda. As Rumsfeld obfuscated, he urged him to be up front with the American people, adding: "These people aren't idiots. They know the story." Like Stephen Colbert the week before, Ray McGovern laid out the truth for all to see. Ray McGovern spoke with BuzzFlash about that experience, about the lead up to the Iraq war, and about what he fears may come next.
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BuzzFlash: After Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spoke at a forum in Atlanta, there was a question-and-answer period. You lined up to ask a question, and got your chance. How did you begin?
Ray McGovern: Rumsfeld had wrung his hands and reacted most somberly when a woman accused him of telling lies. He pointed out that the President would never tell lies, and this is very destructive, as he put it, of the trust between the people and their leaders. It struck me that this was really disingenuousness– cynicism in the extreme.
I had been preparing a couple of talks to give in Atlanta, and one of the things in my notes was a New York Times report of September 2002 in which Don Rumsfeld says the evidence linking Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda is "bullet-proof." That was extraordinary, in the extreme, since the CIA had long since concluded there was no evidence of that. At that time, Brent Scowcroft, Chair of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, was saying that such evidence as there was was "scant" - that was his word – scant.
My colleague Paul Pillar, national intelligence officer for the Middle East for counterterrorism, had allowed himself to say to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, that the campaign to link Saddam Hussein with al Qaeda, and by extension with 9/11, was a gross manipulation, and one indeed might call it a lie - which is about as far as Paul Pillar will go. So I thought, I should ask Secretary Rumsfeld about this particular piece. I would ask him where he got this "bullet-proof" business – where did it come from, and was it a lie, or was he misled?
BuzzFlash: Boy, you asked him the question: Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary?
Ray McGovern: It was his disingenuousness that brought that on. He diverted from what I’d asked him, and started talking about Colin Powell really believing what he was saying, and the President. Both of them spent weeks meeting with the intelligence people. And, of course, "I’m not in the intelligence business," says Rumsfeld.
BuzzFlash: Right, sure.
Ray McGovern: Then he stopped, and he said, “It appears that there were not weapons of mass destruction there.” It was at that point that I said, “But you said you knew where they were.”
BuzzFlash: The key point from our perspective is you caught him in a lie.
Ray McGovern: That’s correct.
BuzzFlash: You quoted from an interview with George Stephanopoulos, when Rumsfeld was saying that he knew sites in Iraq where there were weapons of mass destruction. And his argument back to you during this question-and-answer was that he never really said that. He just said that he suspected there were some areas where there might be.
Ray McGovern: The direct quote from the Stephanopoulos interview on March 30, 2003 is as follows: “We know where they are.” "They" referred to weapons of mass destruction. “We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.” When I paraphrased that, it was almost a verbatim account, it was just in my head. I mean, these are things that any intelligence analyst will remember. Here is the Secretary of Defense telling a bald-faced lie, two weeks into the war.
BuzzFlash: Well, this was your job - for 27 years, as an analyst for the CIA, to pick out contradictions in what people say was part of what you did.
Ray McGovern: Yes. So that stuck in my craw, and I had it almost verbatim, but in every essential aspect, it was the same. And what he said was: no, I didn’t say that. I said there were some suspect sites here and so on. And then they started to carry me away, as I recall. He said: oh, no, no – let him stay. And they never really finished that one either, but he lied when he said he talked about suspected sites, because it’s right up there. It’s exactly what I just read you.
BuzzFlash: And you did ask him in general way, why he lied us into a war with Iraq, and he just side-stepped that issue. "Why even bother asking, because I don’t lie." That was his attitude.
Ray McGovern: Actually, he was not at all his typical dismissive self. He paused gravely and said, “I didn’t lie then.” And immediately, the audience burst into applause. It reminded me of, the Soviet Union. I had watched the Soviet Union for about 25 years, and in Pravda, when a Soviet leader would make a speech, every three paragraphs there would be a little notation in italics which meant "stormy applause." Everyone stands.
BuzzFlash: So you felt you were in the same situation.
Ray McGovern: All he had to do is say, "I didn’t lie," and the applause was terrific. And when I said something, it was all this great welling of the group. And, also, "Get him out of here! Get him out of here! Pull him out of here!" It was remarkable.
BuzzFlash: In this brief exchange, you caught him in two lies – one, the lie claiming he never said he knew specifically where there were weapons of mass destruction – which he had told George Stephanopoulos - not only that he knew they were in Iraq, but he knew right where they were. And then you got him into a corner on the alleged al Qaeda-Saddam relationship. You point out that Zarqawi was in Kurdish territory, not under Saddam's control, except when he went to the hospital. Although, obviously you weren’t in full-fledged debate with him - he was only going to let you go on for so long. He made some dismissive comment to you like, boy, you really got your moment of glory here. What did he say to you? It was very funny.
Ray McGovern: "You're getting plenty of play, sir."
BuzzFlash: And we’ve learned subsequently that Bush passed up several chances to capture or assassinate Zarqawi, but chose not to.
Ray McGovern: Yes, that, too.
BuzzFlash: You didn’t have time to bring that up. Another thing you didn’t have time to bring up, which was glaring to me, was Rumsfeld was talking about why did we have chemical weapons protective clothing and gear for our troops, which they put on in Kuwait, if we really didn’t believe WMDs were there? The issue of the chemical weapons, of course, is a touchy one, because Rumsfeld was the liaison under Reagan who basically allowed Saddam Hussein to acquire some chemical weapons from the U.S. and gave the green light for them to be used in the Iran-Iraq war by Saddam.
Ray McGovern: Sure, and we’ve got that wonderful photo of Rumsfeld shaking Saddam Hussein’s hand when he was over there in the ’82-83 time frame with the war.
BuzzFlash: And he never says this. We even had observers, in this town that Bush keeps bringing up, that Iraqis were gassed, and Bush keeps saying that here’s a man who gassed his own people.
You’re an intelligence officer. I don’t want to ask you to leak classified information, but it’s been reported in The New York Times – we actually went there to see the effects of the gas on the people. So it’s not as though America was telling Saddam: oh, this is a horrible thing. It was actually used by American intelligence to see the impact of the gas on people.
Ray McGovern: Yes, it was unconscionable policy, and we knew what we were doing. We knew that the precursors had been given to them, and we could have stopped it, but we did not.
BuzzFlash: So this is more gross hypocrisy from Donald Rumsfeld. But let’s return to this encounter, which obviously made quite a stir nationally. Here was a citizen, a former CIA analyst with 27 years of experience. You have an incredible educational record. You’ve had military service, a distinguished record. You’re there as a citizen to ask Donald Rumsfeld these questions and point out two documented, air-tight, bullet-proof lies from Donald Rumsfeld. And the mainstream press – except for some minor exceptions - basically grouped you with the hecklers. They said Rumsfeld heckled by a questioner, or something like that. We didn’t see a headline that said "Rumsfeld caught up in lying," or "Rumsfeld accused of two lies." It was more that people were disrupting the Secretary of Defense’s presentation.
Ray McGovern: Yes.
BuzzFlash: There was some disruption going on among protesters, in addition to what you were doing. But you were just a person asking questions. What do you think is the story there? You were acting as a reporter should act, which is, if a government official lies, the reporter should confront that official with the lie. They’re accountable to the American people. The press is supposed to hold the government accountable and relay that to the American people. You ask a question the press won’t ask of Donald Rumsfeld – you pointed out two lies. And the press treats you as though you’re some sort of pariah who is being disrespectful to the Secretary of Defense.
Ray McGovern: That’s largely true. I have to tell you a curious thing that happened. As soon as the event was over, CNN was on the phone. They wanted to know what my sources were. They were actually fact-checking, and they seemed surprised that it all checked out. To their credit, they had me on pretty much the rest of the evening on one show or another, and some of those shows, they put parallel things that I had said and the direct quotes from what Rumsfeld said – for example, about knowing where they are and that kind of thing.
BuzzFlash: But that was the exception. Certainly in the print media, they just tossed you in with the hecklers for the most part.
Ray McGovern: It’s easy to conflate me with the hecklers.
BuzzFlash: Second of all, you also had the Paula Zahn incident on CNN.
Ray McGovern: It was on Tucker Carlson as well. I was glad to get before those audiences, and they went pretty well, from my point of view. But I didn’t expect anything but challenging questions.
BuzzFlash: Paula Zahn said to you, what’s your axe to grind with Donald Rumsfeld?
Ray McGovern: Yes.
BuzzFlash: Instead of saying, why is this only coming out now? Or, do you think there are other lies? Her attitude was that this was something personal between you and the Secretary of Defense.
Ray McGovern: I’m sure she was reading the script that was written for her, you know. Maybe she was pissed off because, when this very officious woman called me a couple hours before and said, “Mr. McGovern, you have made quite a stir. Paula wants you on her show,” I said, “Who’s Paula?”
BuzzFlash: Our readers know you’ve been on BuzzFlash. You write for Tom Paine. You write for many different publications on the Internet and in the mainstream press, as a commentator. You’re indefatigable about this. You read BuzzFlash, so you know we’re constantly perplexed in that these people go around and around. On a Friday afternoon a couple years ago, Bush said in effect, “No, we have no evidence that there’s a relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam. We never did. There isn’t any relationship. End of story. Goodbye.” That Sunday, if I recall, or a week later, Dick Cheney was once again claiming there was a direct link between al Qaeda and Saddam. So They don’t make any sense. They contradict each other. They lie right and left.
Are they just so full of feeling that they’re masters of the universe that they don’t know they’re lying? Or do they just have contempt for the American public? Or do they just think no one can stop them from doing what they’re doing, that they can get away with lying? Or all of the above?
Ray McGovern: All of the above. They have contempt for the mainstream press – that much is clear. And when talking about Rumsfeld, he’s the quintessential debater. Didn’t he win all the awards at Princeton for debating?
BuzzFlash: And he was a wrestler, too.
Ray McGovern: You can kind of put yourself in his position here. He’s got what he thinks is a very benign audience. They’ve already clapped several times when he was introduced. And seriously enough, Peter White, who is the President of the Center, singled out Rumsfeld for his honesty in introducing him, kind of, you know, protesting a little bit too much. And everybody clapped.
So here he is before this benign audience, and he’s expecting to be able to handle pretty much anything that comes along. So I ask him a pointed question and quote him back to himself, and his whole demeanor changes. These are indisputable facts, in his own words. And so how is he going to handle this?
He thought he could pretty much talk about Zarqawi and persuade everyone that that was the right answer to that. Or he could deny what he said, but I didn’t let him. So what I’m suggesting is that these incidences are going to be fewer and further between now, when we talk about how careful they are to put themselves up to their own people, or only friendly audiences. But that’s the syndrome. He’s supremely confident. He’s the matinee idol. No one in the Pentagon press corps is going to ask him any questions, because they’ll lose their job, or they’ll not be given access, and they wouldn’t be called on again. The whole thing is so damn corrupt it’s sickening.
BuzzFlash: Again, you had this right as an American citizen. Second of all, you were asking the questions the reporters won’t ask. You as an American citizen and former CIA analyst have to go in there and ask the Secretary of Defense questions about why he lied us into a war. And you proved it, which the journalists won't do. So what are they getting paid for?
Ray McGovern: CNN, which I normally don’t have very soft spots in my heart for, they checked and they double-checked. I got an e-mail from a friend in Oklahoma, and she said, “You know, last night I had this call from a very, very senior CNN manager who happens to be a friend of mine. And what he said was this – she quotes – “We checked and double-checked everything this guy had to say, and he was 100% accurate.” Then the CNN guy says, “What, are you war protesters getting organized or something?”
BuzzFlash: Maybe we are, huh?
Ray McGovern: Indeed we are. A hell of a time that you should catch up with this. But that was good to hear. And the other thing was that Keith Olbermann at MSNBC did a very, very credible job.
BuzzFlash: He’s the one person on cable who’s kind of been willing to come out with the truth and be steadfast about it.
Ray McGovern: So both of those guys deserve special mention. He juxtaposed these quotes from Rumsfeld and what I had said, and he was really very good. The best, I thought.
BuzzFlash: You were an analyst, so you dealt with facts. Your job at the CIA was to come out with intelligence analysis that could be used to further decision making for the national security of the United States. We have a Secretary of Defense, a Vice President, and a President who seem, according to the Downing Street Memo, to "fix facts."
Ray McGovern: Yes.
BuzzFlash: There was much talk - which Pat Roberts, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, won’t investigate – that indeed Vice President Cheney was visiting CIA Headquarters in the run up to the Iraq war and pressuring the intelligence analysts and senior staff there to come up with fixed facts. So we’re not really talking about getting intelligence, and analyzing it properly, which was your job for 27 years, but molding it. I guess my question is, you’ve got the Secretary of Defense up there. People are applauding him. Does anyone have a memory anymore beyond you or some of the people on the Internet? Rumsfeld said they would greet us with flowers. We’d be out of there in six months. We’d needed a lighter force, not a heavier force. I mean, he’s a failure.
Ray McGovern: It would pay for itself, too – don’t forget that.
BuzzFlash: It would pay for itself in Iraq. He’s a failure. In America, we used to be a country that prided ourselves on success. And now we are worshipping at the feet of failures.
Ray McGovern: Well, the biggest sea change in the 43 years that I’ve been engaged directly is the fact that we no longer have a free press in any meaningful sense of the term. People are badly informed. The other thing is that, it’s really a kind of mind problem. It’s denial to a great degree here.
If you follow these facts, you cannot avoid the conclusion that the President of the United States is arguably a war criminal – a person who started a war of aggression as defined by Nuremberg as the supreme war crime, because it differs from other war crimes only insofar as it contains the accumulated evil of the whole. And what we mean by that – we’ll think about torture, think about kidnappings, think about taking people and putting them in black holes, incommunicado. These are things that we didn’t used to do, and I know that for a fact.
So if you get this information, it’s very disquieting. It’s far easier just to tune into Fox and let yourself be entertained, and not have to grapple with the fact that your government is a rogue government that does not obey, not only international law but domestic law – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, for example – wire-tapping us at will. That’s a lot to deal with, and most people prefer to say, it can’t be that bad. If they acknowledge that it is that bad, they might have to do something about it. Most people are just too comfortable to try to do something about it.
BuzzFlash: Life hasn’t changed dramatically for most Americans, except the gas price has gone up.
Ray McGovern: Yes.
BuzzFlash: Bush is sending poor, and rural, and immigrant people who want to become U.S. citizens, ironically, to Iraq. A lot of Americans aren’t aware that one of the routes to becoming a citizen is volunteering in the Army. These are the people that are dying, so it doesn’t have an impact on most of the American population. Bush is borrowing up to the hilt, and our country is on the verge of bankruptcy. We’re owned by China and the oil countries, in terms of loans, to keep us afloat. And Bush is playing a big con game, a shell game.
But let me just say to you, congratulations. It was a tremendous moment in courage. Probably hundreds of millions of dollars are spent to pay journalists, and none of them would ask the questions you did, and point out to the Secretary of Defense that he’s a liar. It’s mind-boggling, and you just pointed out two of the lies. I mean, he just sort of gets up every day and improvises. He’s almost a jazz musician. It doesn’t matter what he played the day before. He’ll just start a new tune, even if it’s completely opposite of what he was playing the day before. He doesn’t care. He kind of likes pulling the wool over people’s eyes and showing he’s all-powerful, and that it doesn’t matter if he lies. He can get away with it.
But what amazes us is that we have failed leadership. The Afghanistan situation is deteriorating again. The Taliban are being resurrected. Osama bin Ladin was never caught. They said that we were going into Iraq for a regime change. Well, we got Saddam Hussein, and we’re still there. Now we’re going to nuke Iran. And Bush allegedly had Jack Straw, the foreign secretary of the UK, removed because he said that it would be nuts to nuke Iran. We have a failed leadership. And yet they’re applauding him at this forum in Atlanta. They were applauding Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld who is probably the key figure in the military failure. They’re applauding him, and kind of thinking you’re some sort of nudnick protester or something.
Ray McGovern: A wild lefty.
BuzzFlash: It’s mind-boggling. If we’re going to prosper as a country and be the successful, energetic innovator of democracy, you don’t worship at the feet of failures. These people are not just liars; they’re failures.
Ray McGovern: I would have to say one caveat, and that is that I think this audience wasn’t typical of anything other than the very wealthy, Southern white establishment. I don’t know that for a fact, but I looked around and I saw, and these were mostly men, well-dressed, well-heeled, clearly affluent. The place itself was in an area of Atlanta that rivals Saddam’s palaces, I’m sure. So I think it was atypical, and I do have great hope now that so many Americans are seeing through the lies with respect to Iraq, and the way young people are continuing to die.
But you know where he’s most pernicious? This rhetoric about they hate our way of life? That’s very, very intentional. That’s what George Bush the first used for the Gulf War. And what it means is, we need the oil, folks. You want it to be five, six, seven dollars a barrel? We need it. And I’ve had people that tell me – look, McGovern, you’re some sort of wimp. If we need the oil, I’m the first one to say we go to war to get it. And we just get it – corner it.
I had a very well-heeled guy come up to me in a very affluent suburb outside of Milwaukee and say, “Mr. McGovern, what’s your problem? You don’t dispute that we need the oil, do you?” I said no. He said, “Well, you have to admit that five, six, seven GIs a week is not very much in terms of a price to pay for the oil. I mean, Vietnam, we had hundreds a week. So what is your problem?” I said, “Well, suppose it was one of your sons who was one of those five or six last week?” And he looked at me as though the thought had never crossed his mind - and that’s the problem. It wouldn’t be his son? And so we’re all very comfortable. We’re all saying, well, this may not have worked out, but let’s let these kids from the inner city and from the foreign countries – let them see if they can "stay the course" for us for a couple more years. Then this might turn out okay. It is an unconscionable abrogation of our responsibilities as citizens, as far as I’m concerned.
BuzzFlash: I do want to ask a general question about the turmoil at the CIA under the Bush Administration. Clearly the agency’s been in turmoil, and as Porter Goss said about his own resignation, some things are just mysterious.
In my lifetime, nothing has ever occurred like this – an unprecedented number of retired generals, and retired CIA folk like yourself and Pillar – key people who know about the Middle East and analysts who know how the CIA operates and how intelligence should be used to effectively insure national security – we have seen just an unprecedented number of them speak out on behalf of national security, saying basically the Bush Administration, the Rumsfeld policy, the Cheney policy, are harming our national security. And we saw John Murtha, who is widely believed to be speaking out on behalf of some of the brass in the Pentagon who are prohibited by military code from speaking out in criticism of their Commander in Chief. We’re almost seeing a public mutiny of retired military top brass and CIA top brass, and what appears to be leaking from within the CIA among current staff, one of whom was just fired – Mary McCarthy – and we’re seeing leaks from the Pentagon that are just unprecedented. You didn’t really see this in the Vietnam war to this level. This is just astonishing and rather alarming. The former Pentagon people – at least some of them – are saying the Bush Administration is the war hawk that you've got to watch out for. What’s going on there?
Ray McGovern: There are a whole bunch of things. One is politicization and the other is ineptitude. And they go hand in hand. To put this in context, we’ve had 25 years of politicization – that is, the corruption of intelligence analysis to suit the policymakers – since Bill Casey was appointed by Ronald Reagan. So we’ve had a whole generation of people who have bubbled to the top of the CIA and other intelligence organizations, not for what they know, not for their professional expertise, but because of their ability to smell the winds from the seventh floor, or smell the winds from the White House, and trim their analytical sails accordingly. Now that is a pernicious development, but it came into full bloom when George Tenet went back finally to the CIA and said Congress tells me that they’re not going to vote for this war unless we do an estimate on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and it’s got to come out just the way Dick Cheney said it was on August 26, 2002.
BuzzFlash: Fix the facts.
Ray McGovern: We only had three weeks to do it, because we want to enforce this before the midterm elections. So you get the picture? Let’s do it. Now if that had happened in my day, I swear, we would have said, “George, you’re not serious.” If we discerned that the Director of the Central Intelligence was serious, we would have got up and walked out, because we didn’t do that. That’s not what we did, okay? Even if we didn’t walk out, he would have known he had a major insurrection on his hands. And no longer is that the case, because he could look around that table and see all these people that bubbled up, starting with Casey, and just knew which side their bread was buttered on if they wanted to get promoted – careerists in the worst sense of the word.
So they came forth with the very worst intelligence estimate ever done in the CIA. The only thing close to it was the one done on Cuba in September of 1962, which confidently predicted that the Soviets would never, never try to put missiles in Cuba. Now that was an honest mistake. This Iraq thing on weapons of mass destruction was dishonest from the get-go, and everybody knows that. And anybody who hangs around the CIA is either hunkering down, waiting for a better day with a new regime, or has left.
Now what does that mean? It means that a parallel process has happened in the armed services. As a former Army officer, this gives me pain to say this. But the corruption in the Army – and you can see this from their so-called investigations of the torture – has reached to the very top. To get a star on your shoulder in the U.S. Army now, I daresay you have had to make so many compromises that it’s difficult to discern whether to obey or when to obey laws or orders that may be illegal.
So I do not hold out any hope. These retired generals – fine. Where were they? Where were they when they saw that we were going in with only a third of the troops that we needed? Being courageous after you leave is nice. It’s better than keeping quiet. But where were all these people when this was going on? What I’m saying here is that the corruption is so contagious and so pervasive that it’s possible to act as though you’re a decent person among your colleagues because everybody’s doing it. And that is a very sorry pass to which we’ve come.
Not only that – it’s extremely dangerous. I am very worried that Iran is very high on the list now. I can see our President being persuaded by the fellows with the blue suits and the stars on their shoulders that we can bomb the hell out of Iranian nuclear sites and send in cruise missiles as well and everything will just be fine. Well, everything won’t be fine. That will be a catastrophe that will make Iraq look like a – pardon the expression – a cakewalk, okay? And that’s going to happen unless we all get off our rear ends and do something more. I feel that very strongly.
One last thing that I’ll say is that the very first memorandum to the President – this was a same-day critique of Colin Powell’s speech at the U.N. - we gave him an A for performance and a C-minus for content. If we knew then what we know now, we would have flunked him outright. In any case, we finished that memorandum by saying this: Mr. President, we strongly advise that you widen the circle of your advisors beyond those already determined to make a war for which we see no cogent reason, and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.
What’s the circle like now? It’s still tighter. Not even Colin Powell, for whatever he was worth – not even he is around anymore. So unlike the Cuban missile crisis which I referred to just a minute ago, where John Kennedy knew which end was up and insisted that the former Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Llewellyn Thompson, be there at every one of those deliberative sessions – unlike that, we have no Llewellyn Thompson around today. And even if we did, he would not be given entrée to the circle.
What does that mean? That means that Llewellyn Thompson prevented the most likely nuclear clash in 1962 that we’ve ever faced. How did he do that? After Curtis LeMay had his bombers all loaded up with nuclear weapons, he said to the President – and we have it on tape and it’s wonderful – he said, “Mr. President, I disagree.” He said, “Pardon?” “Mr. President, I disagree.” “What do you mean, Llewellyn?” “Well, you know, I know Khrushchev really well. I think he needs to be let down easy. He sent us two messages. One’s conciliatory and one’s really obnoxious. The last one – you know, he did that for the benefit of his own generals. Answer the first one. We can deal with this guy. We’ll have to make a compromise here and here, but we can diffuse this crisis if we just talk to him.”
That is what prevented a very likely nuclear exchange. And now, when we’re talking about mini-nukes and Iran, we’re talking about, well, they’re just a little bit more explosive than high explosive weaponry. You know, there isn’t a person here that has any military experience. And there isn’t any Llewellyn Thompson. And so I fear very greatly. They may not intend to use nuclear weapons in the first strike. But what happens when the Iranians send two divisions over the Iraqi border - our guys who are not disposed to handle that. We’re fighting the terrorists, looking for terrorists. The temptation’s going to be very, very great.
BuzzFlash: Not only that – the largest Shiite faction in Iraq is aligned with the Iranian Shiites, so that’s going to make our soldiers sitting ducks.
Ray McGovern: You’re exactly right. So my point is, the temptation would be almost irresistible to use what we have. We don’t have enough troops, so we use these mini-nukes. It’s very, very volatile, very dangerous, and that’s why I’m going around the country, speaking everywhere I can, to warn people. Look, this is what happened before Iraq. Look at him now, folks – it’s the same thing.
BuzzFlash: And in time for the midterm elections.
Ray McGovern: Exactly.
BuzzFlash: Once again, thank you for speaking up for America. Keep up your wonderful work on behalf of our national security and our Constitution.
Ray McGovern: You keep up your good work, too. I must say that I rely on your double dose daily of those Alerts that you send out, and some of your own editorials are really good guidance and good information. So keep up the good work.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
Interview Conducted by Mark Karlin.
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