"All About Money,” on KZYX returns to the air on Friday, January 24, 2014, at 9 a.m., Pacific Time, with another show in our series, "War is a Business, and Business Is Good." We'll give listeners new insights and information about Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Gates's new memoir, "Duty", is controversial, at best.
Our guests are Melvin Goodman and Robert Parry. We're also hoping David MacMichael and Coleen Rowley will call into the show after our interview with our first two guests. And there's avery outside chance Daniel Ellsberg may call into the show.
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Robert Gates was the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Gates also served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council. Under President George H. W. Bush, Gates was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Melvin Goodman, director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy, was an analyst at the CIA for 24 years. His most recent book is National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. He just wrote the piece "Robert Gates’s Narcissistic 'Duty'," which states: "I have known Bob Gates for nearly 50 years, working with him for more than a decade; working for him for five years; and testifying against him before the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1991… I have some warnings about the author as well as the leading lights of the mainstream media…who believe that Gates made major contributions to the national security policy of the United States. Nothing could be further from the truth.
"There are several things that need to be understood regarding Gates's career at the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, and the Department of Defense. First of all, Gates has been a sycophant in all his leadership positions, catering to the policy interests of Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft at the NSC; William Casey at the CIA; and the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.
"Gates catered to the right-wing ideology of Bill Casey in the 1980s, playing a major role in the politicization of intelligence and dangerous crossing the line of policy advocacy in private memorandum to the CIA director. For the most part, Gates has been a windsock when it came to policy decisions and typically supported his masters. ..." [Goodman was also recently featured on an Institute for Public Accuracy news release "Debate on Disclosure as Petition Spotlights $600 Million Ties Binding Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the Washington Post and the CIA."]
Robert Parry just wrote the piece "Robert Gates Double-Crosses Obama," which states: "As Barack Obama is staggered by a back-stabbing memoir from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president can’t say that some people didn’t warn him about the risk of bringing a political opportunist like Gates into his inner circle on national security.
”On Nov. 13, 2008, I posted a story at Consortiumnews.com entitled “The Danger of Keeping Robert Gates,” which said:
"If Obama does keep Gates on, the new president will be employing someone who embodies many of the worst elements of U.S. national security policy over the past three decades, including responsibility for what Obama himself has fingered as a chief concern, "politicized intelligence."
"I cited a book by former CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman, Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA, which identified Gates as the chief action officer for the Reagan administration’s drive to tailor intelligence reporting to fit White House political desires.
"But Gates’s nefarious roles in national security scandals went much deeper than that, despite his undeniable PR skills in shaping his image as a dedicated public servant who has earned Official Washington’s near-universal regard as a modern-day Wise Man.
“… it’s how Gates began his meteoric rise in the U.S. intelligence community during the Reagan years that has remained most cloaked in mystery. As a young CIA official in 1980, Gates was implicated in secret maneuvers to sabotage President Jimmy Carter’s negotiations to free 52 U.S. hostages then held in Iran, a failure by Carter that doomed his reelection."
Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He is founder of Consortiumnews.com and author most recently of America’s Stolen Narrative..
Rowley is a former FBI agent and division counsel whose May 2002 memo described some of the FBI's pre-9/11 failures. Rowley was named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" in 2002. She recently appeared on CNN and wrote a piece on their website, "Massive Spying on Americans Is Outrageous."
We'll also hoping that DAVID MacMICHAEL will call into the show.
MacMichael is a former analyst for the CIA. He is also the former USMC Commander of Headquarters Company at Quantico.
MacMichael knows something about the cost of war...monetary and ethical costs.