"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."
~ Edward Bernays.
~ Edward Bernays.
Here's why no one should ever get worked up about what Michael Rubin says or writes:
As a neocon (neoconservative) and member of its think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, Rubin is a paid consultant of Turkey, paid in part to make Turkey’s propaganda case against the KRG. Although there is nothing illegal about this, it should be recognized for what it is. Therefore, Rubin’s article should be approached with extreme caution for it is certainly not an objective scholarly analysis as it claims to be.
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Furthermore, it should be noted that neocons like Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and Douglas Feith are the very ones who made most of the mistakes the US blundered into when it overthrow Saddam Hussein. The Richard Perle faction of the neocons to which Rubin belongs has had lucrative consulting deals with Turkey. Rubin also served in the office of neocon Douglas Feith’s Office of Special Plans that played a role in generating the 935 misstatements on the basis of which the US went to war in 2003. Indeed, US General Tommy Franks (who led the US invasion forces in 2003) famously called Rubin’s neocon colleague Douglas Feith “the dumbest bastard, dumbest [expletive deleted] on the face of the earth."
Actually, Tommy Franks called Doug Feith "the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth."
But the pointing out of Rubin's work as a paid agent of Turkey is just one of the arguments in Professor Michael Gunter's rebuttal to Rubin's January article for the AEI titled, "Is Iraqi Kurdistan a Good Ally?" Many thanks to the friend who pointed out Gunter's reply, and make sure to read the whole thing as the professor makes a lot of other good points.
Whoever checks AEI for Rubin's recent propaganda will notice that it has been translated into Turkish as well as Kurdish--but not in the Kurdish Latin alphabet. It makes one wonder which little cehş is working for the Turks. Kamal Said Qadir is the one who immediately comes to mind, especially since he wrote for the Middle East Forum (MEF) as recently as last summer and the editor of the MEF is Michael Rubin. Scroll down this alphabetical list of the "experts" at the MEF, paid for by interests hostile to Kurdistan.
Coincidentally, Rubin has defended Qadir in two separate posts this week on the National Review Online blog, once on 2 March and once on 4 March.
We can take all of this to be paid-for Turkish propaganda. Whenever you see Michael Rubin's work, think "on the payroll as a Turkish agent".
Speaking of good points, those who follow the Sibel Edmonds case will remember that Philip Giraldi has named lots of Rubin's colleagues from the AEI as either registered foreign agents for Turkey or as otherwise on the take from Turkey:
In fact the neocons seem to have a deep and abiding interest in Turkey, which, under other circumstances, might be difficult to explain. Doug Feith's International Advisors Inc, a registered agent for Turkey in 1989 - 1994, netted $600,000 per year from Turkey, with Richard Perle taking $48,000 annually as a consultant. Other noted neoconservatives linked to Turkey are former State Department number three, Marc Grossman, current Pentagon Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman, Paul Wolfowitz and former congressman Stephen Solarz. The money involved does not appear to come from the Turkish government, and FBI investigators are trying to determine its source and how it is distributed. Some of it may come from criminal activity, possibly drug trafficking, but much more might come from arms dealing. Contracts in the hundreds of millions, or even billions of dollars provide considerable fat for those well placed to benefit.
Remember, too, that Wolfowitz beat a hasty retreat to the AEI after he was caught icing his cupcake at the World Bank.
Don't expect the status of the Deep State in the US to change after the American elections because it was under the Democrats and Clinton that the Turkish Deep State gained a foothold in the American government. It will be the same no matter which Democrat goes to the White House in January.