Reprinted from Antiwar
The Intercept has an article on the "U.S. Institute of Peace," a government agency founded in 1984 supposedly dedicated to promoting "nonviolent resolution of conflicts": author Lee Fang is shocked -- shocked! -- that USIP chairman Stephen J. Hadley, a former national security adviser to George W. Bush, wants to arm Ukraine so as to impress Putin with the sight of "body bags of Russian soldiers who have been killed." Yet the USIP has long been a site of neoconservative infection inside the national security bureaucracy.
Established by a national lobbying effort led by lefty-sounding "peace activists," the National Peace Academy Campaign was originally a project of goody-two-shoes liberalism, and was supported by Sens. Mark Hatfield and Vance Hartke, among others. Writing in Z Magazine, Sara Diamond averred that...
"Scores of reputable peace groups supported the idea of a 'federally-funded training center for peace' studies. But the peace movement was inattentive to the support coming from the less-than-reputable."
Which is a nice way of saying that the very idea of the US government -- the most warlike government on the face of the earth -- sponsoring a "peace academy" would be laughable if it wasn't so downright sinister. In a 2003 column remarking on the appointment of crazed Islamophobe Daniel Pipes to the USIP Board of Directors, I wrote:
"The USIP has so far escaped such critical scrutiny. Who, after all, can come out against it without seeming to be against peace, per se? Perhaps the takeover of this phony government-funded thinktank by the War Party will clarify the matter in the minds of befuddled liberals and assorted lefties, formerly fooled into believing in the inherent beneficence of the State -- provided the right people are in charge."
The USIP's first chairman was Robert F. Turner, once a captain in the US Army attached to the American embassy in Saigon during the Vietnam war. Turner was a vigorous promoter of the Nicaraguan contra movement during the Reagan administration. His most recent contributions to the cause of "peace" include this Weekly Standard piece published a few months after the 9/11 attacks, in which he bemoaned the fact that the antiwar movement had arisen once again, noting: