By Dee McLachlan
The mainstream media has been saturated in the last few days with Dr David Kilcullen. He’s been on ABC’s Lateline, 10’s The Project and in most printed media. The Australian is pitching his new book: “Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State.”
In Foreignpolicy.com they quote you saying:
“There would be no ISIS if we hadn’t invaded Iraq in the first place... There also would not be an ISIS if we hadn’t withdrawn from Iraq and just left the environment to hang for a few years. So I think you can blame President Obama, you can blame President Bush; you can certainly blame Prime Minister Maliki.” [my emphasis]
Congratulations, Dr Kilcullen, for pointing out that the West started this horrendous debacle.
The Saturday Paper writes this about you and your book:
“…We set out to eliminate al-Qaeda and instead, after a full decade of fighting, we got the Islamic State. (and)
“The ‘mindless obstinacy’ of then-US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, resulted in what Kilcullen labels ‘the greatest strategic screw-up since Hitler’s invasion of Russia’.”
But Dr Kilcullen, my applause stops there. You are in a privileged position to work out what’s going on.
You served 25 years as an army officer, diplomat, and policy advisor for the Australian and United States governments, in command and operational missions. In the US you served as Chief Strategist in the State Department’s Counter-terrorism Bureau (2005 to 2006), and served in Iraq as Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus (2007 and 2008), before becoming Special Advisor for Counterinsurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. You hold a Ph.D. and were named one of the Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009.
Now you advise Western governments through your organisations, Caerus Global Solutions, and of First Mile Geo.
In your recent interviews, you refer to the invasion of Iraq as a “ERROR“, “ill-judged” and “reckless.” And the Obama administration’s “compounded ERRORS” led to the “back-sliding” in Iraq. And this has led to ISIS, along with Maliki.
Were you not aware of the memo disclosed by Retired General Wesley Clark in 2007? Surely, as Chief Strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US State Department, then senior advisor to General David Petraeus you would be aware of the plan to “destroy seven countries in five years,” revealed by Clark?
Why not mention this to the Australian audience?
Surely, you of all people, should know the assault on Iraq was DELIBERATE. It was no mistake of intelligence. It was a pre-planned invasion, and 9-11 and bin Laden were the pretexts.
I am so tired of experts like yourself, being interviewed ad infinitum on mainstream media, propagating the myth that al-Qaeda brought down 3 towers (YES, three towers with 2 planes) and managed to penetrate the most guarded building in the world — the Pentagon.
What a shameful sham.
Surely you, Dr Kilcullen, as a counter terrorism expert, would you understand that “the war on terror” was created by the powers that be to control us? Have you glanced at the evidence around the attacks on September 11, 2001? It is impossible that 19 Arabs were responsible.
Sadly, you are just another squeaky cog in the fraud machine.
A few hours ago, this was reported in the smallwarsjournel.com “David Kilcullen: Rise of Terror, Displacement is the ‘New Norm’.”
“The world must adjust to the growth of Islamic State and the displacement of millions of people from the Middle East as the “new normal”, according to former White House counter-terror chief David Kilcullen.”