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Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould are the authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story and Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire and The Voice,a novel.
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, a husband and wife team began working together in 1979 co-producing a documentary for Paul's television show, Watchworks. Called, The Arms Race and the Economy, A Delicate Balance, they found themselves in the midst of a controversy that was to boil over a few months later with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Their acquisition of the first visas to enter Afghanistan granted to an American TV crew in 1981, brought them into the most heated Cold War controversy since Vietnam. But the people inside Soviet-occupied Afghanistan told a very different story from the one being broadcast on the evening news.
Following their news story for the CBS Evening News, they produced a documentary (Afghanistan Between Three Worlds) for PBS and in 1983 they returned to Kabul for ABC Nightline with Harvard Negotiation project director Roger Fisher. Arriving in Kabul that spring they were told that the Russians wanted to go home and negotiate their way out. But the story that President Carter called, "the greatest threat to peace since the second World War" had already been written by America's pundits was not about to change the script.
As the first American journalists to get behind the official propaganda on the war, they not only got a view of an unseen Afghan life, but a revelatory look at how the US defined itself under the veil of superpower confrontation. But as they pursued the reasons behind the propaganda, they were drawn into a story that was growing into mythic dimensions.
It was at the time of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 when they were working on the film version of their experience under contract to Oliver Stone, that they began to piece together the mythic implications of the story. During the research for the screenplay crucial documents were declassified. Over the next decade they trailed a labyrinth of clues to find a likeness in Washington's official policy towards Afghanistan - in the ancient Zoroastrian war of the light against the dark - whose origins began in the region now known as Afghanistan. It was a likeness that grows more visible as America's involvement deepens.
By 1998, as the horrors of the Taliban regime began to grab headlines, they started collaborating with Afghan human rights expert Sima Wali. They contributed to the Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future book project. In 2002 they filmed Wali's first return to Kabul since her exile in 1978. The film they produced about Wali's journey home, The Woman in Exile Returns, gave audiences the chance to discover the message of one of Afghanistan's most articulate voices and her hopes for her people.
In the years since 9/11 much has happened to bring their story into sharp focus. Their experience at combining personal diplomacy with activist journalism could become a model for restoring a healthy and vibrant dialogue to American democracy. Ultimately, Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story lays bare why it was inevitable that the Soviet Union and the U.S. should end up in Afghanistan and what that means to the future of the American emp
America, an Empire in Twilight
Part I of a series. No matter who is labeled president after the election, the crisis this process has created for most Americans will not be over. It will be like no other moment in all of America's history. Now is the time to look back into the past and connect those events that have led us to this most strange and significant moment. We'll start with the day America's leadership lost all consciousness.
Thursday, November 3, 2016(21 comments)
Part IV: America's Late Stage Imperial Dementia:
Dubbed the "Twilight Lords" for their final role as the last doomed, feudal barons of Ireland, the Fitzgeralds' struggle against the Elizabethans offers a window into a thousand year struggle of a European "deep state" that exploded openly in Ireland in the 16th century before spreading to the four corners of the earth through British imperial expansion and now is causing mayhem in Washington.
Series Part IV
Friday, September 9, 2016(7 comments)
Part I--Psychological Warfare and the American Mind
Looking back on the carnage of the last 15 years it's easy to see the psychological changes in America. What's not easy to see is how a longstanding campaign of covert psychological warfare built up since the early days of World War II had made the slow destruction of American democracy and the ascension of rule by secrecy inevitable, long before the planes ever left the runway on 9/11.
Thursday, December 1, 2016(4 comments)
The End of Illusion for America
Understanding the forces that drive Washington's quest for empire may appear on the surface to be limited to money and power. But when it comes to the ultimate objectives of the so called Anglo/American "deep state" the foundations of today's realities may be better explained by looking into the deep past.
Thursday, September 15, 2016(7 comments)
Part IV -- Psychological Warfare and the American Mind
Since World War II, Americans have been lulled into accepting a messianic 19th-century British Imperial agenda. One key British agent in the psychological war for American public opinion was RAF pilot Roald Dahl who, along with James Bond creator Ian Fleming, playwright Noel Coward and Gallup pollster David Ogilvy, were given free rein to propagandize "the natives" (Americans) through whatever means possible.
Sunday, September 11, 2016(4 comments)
Part II -- Psychological Warfare & the American Mind
America's coordinated use of psychological warfare began in earnest during World War II and has grown and expanded into public relations, advertising, cinema, radio and television, electronic video games and now social media. Its pro-war boosterism extends over sports, religion, education, news and entertainment to form a seamless electronic cocoon-like web.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016(9 comments)
Part III--Psychological Warfare and the American Mind
The MSM was setting the public up prior to the 1979 Soviet invasion citing Brzezinski predicting they would move towards the Persian Gulf for the oil based on the CIA memo, "The Impending Soviet Oil Crisis," that was propaganda. Brzezinski wanted the Soviets in Afghanistan as part of his plan for the conquest of Eurasia and used psychological warfare to convince Americans that the Soviets wanted world domination with no facts.
Monday, September 19, 2016(5 comments)
Part V -- Psychological Warfare and the American Mind
In 1947 the creation of President Truman's covert national security government would transfer of power from the Congress, the courts and the Presidency to a concealed "Trumanite network" of military managers, diplomatic, intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Zbigniew Brzezinski came to power through the "Trumanite network." Ronald Reagan's 1980 election would renew its power and America would never be the same.
Monday, May 1, 2017(9 comments)
Part 4 -- The Final Stage of the Machiavellian Elites' Takeover of America
The CIA would come to view the Congress for Cultural Freedom beginning with the 1950 Berlin conference to be a landmark in the Cold War not just for solidifying the CIA's control over the non-Communist left and the West's "free" intellectuals, but for enabling the CIA to secretly disenfranchise Europeans and Americans from their own political culture in such a way they would never really know it.
Thursday, July 21, 2016(21 comments)
Before Prosecuting Iraq War Criminals, US Must Deal With Afghan War Crime
In 1979, before false intelligence was used to justify the Iraq war, a heinous war crime was committed against Afghanistan by Zbigniew Brzezinski. It's not just Brzezinski who is culpable. It was the Washington bureaucracy that enabled Brzezinski to activate his Machiavellian plot of intentionally drawing the Soviets into his "Afghan Trap."
How Washington enabled Brzezinski's plot and why it's still important.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016(10 comments)
The Trump Card is played! Never Underestimate THE FOOL
How the hatred for Catholic Rome in the 14th century would establish a life and death struggle within the European deep-state; and how this conflict would lead to the rise of a crypto-Cathar counter church, whose apocalyptic world-ending goals would complete its cycle on November 22, 1963 in the Anglo/Norman America of the present era.
Thursday, November 3, 2016(2 comments)
Neoconizing the Just War Doctrine in the service of American Empire
Join with us as we unravel the de-evolution of rational defense policy and its immersion into the mystical as we explore the radical 1980 re-interpretation of the 4th century Just War Doctrine of the Catholic Church that has gained momentum today as the US confronts the limits of maintaining dominance over the world with a first strike nuclear policy.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012(1 comments)
A Medieval Nightmare Finds a Home in the American Way of Making War
In a 1972 New Yorker article Senator J. William Fulbright traced the origins of the devastation caused by Vietnam to the intellectual corruption of the Cold War. But his shock was in realizing that the actual thinking behind the Cold War and the Truman Doctrine was not based on facts or logic or even the metrics of modern warfare, but on a medieval ideological methodology that in effect defied reason.
Saturday, September 25, 2010(1 comments)
Decrypting the Shadow behind Hamid Karzai
To both Ruttig and Rohrabacher, Khalilzad's ultimate crime like the U.S. manipulation of the Ngo Dinh Diem regime in Vietnam was that his corruption of the Karzai regime had created so much internal chaos that no amount of outside effort could undo it. Yet the idea that chaos, as a form of extreme social engineering, may have actually been the plan cannot be ignored.
Friday, April 28, 2017(5 comments)
Part II - How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books
The use of corrupt intelligence to justify endless war today became official in 1976 when C.I.A. Director George Bush created the first Team B, the concept of "competitive analysis" regarding the Soviet threat done by an alternative team based on ideology instead of facts. To understand America's drift into despotism over the last 40 years, we must de-encrypt the evolution of its secret "double government."
The biggest Jaw-Dropping Journalism Scandal of all?
Without any serious reflection by the media on the consequences of funding and training extremists for the purpose of defeating the Soviet Union, the American media not only missed the deeper story, but ignored where the Afghan story had been corrupted for political purposes.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010(2 comments)
Afghanistan, the Saudi Arabia of lithium?
But the most revealing quote in the Pentagon report wasn't so much that Afghanistan did indeed contain a vast wealth of minerals or even that the U.S. had carelessly overlooked a vast source of wealth for an impoverished nation. No. The key to understanding the report was framed by the reference that "Afghanistan could become the "Saudi Arabia of lithium,'" and Saudi Arabia is where the real story behind the headlines begins.
Friday, July 16, 2010(1 comments)
America's DNA profile has been all over Afghanistan since 1973
The CIA's secret mission became entangled with Pakistan's support for Afghanistan's small core of foreign-trained right wing Islamic extremists. Thanks to President Jimmy Carter's national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, this entanglement blossomed into a marriage following the 1978 Marxist coup and a full-blown commitment to holy war and the Islamization of Pakistan - long before the Soviet invasion of 1979.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011(1 comments)
America's Financial Armageddon and Afghanistan
Left off the front pages during the recent obsession with the debt crisis, Afghanistan has lurched back onto the scene in ways that are reminiscent of the Soviet collapse of two decades ago. After ten years of war, it seems Washington not only continues to lack a comprehensive understanding of Afghanistan, but it lacks an understanding of its own role in creating both the economic and political catastrophe it now faces.
Warlords were Brought into the Afghan Government by the Bush Administration in 2001
According to a March 16 Reuters article by Peter Graff Afghanistan's government "has enacted into law a blanket pardon for war crimes and human rights abuse carried out before 2001." But "this law passed with a two-thirds majority." "Parliament is made up largely of lawmakers from former armed groups, some accused by rights groups and ordinary Afghans of war crimes."
Wednesday, November 2, 2016(3 comments)
America, an Empire in Twilight Series Part II
As Trump and Clinton bob and weave and excoriate each other as unfit for the presidency, neither has shown a genuine capacity for leadership or can explain exactly how they'll make the desperately needed course-correction Americans want, once they assume the White House in 2017. How could this have happened?
Wednesday, August 4, 2010(2 comments)
Is WikiLeaks the antidote to the Washington K Street Kool-Aid
Had the documents amassed an equal amount of evidence that Iran or Syria were working with Al Qaeda to carry out attacks on American troops in Afghanistan, the bombers would have been warming up on the flight decks by sundown. But when it came to Pakistan, there was only restraint.
Saturday, May 28, 2011(1 comments)
Crossing Bones at Zero Line
Obama has embraced the largely discredited 1992 program for America's global dominance known as the Defense Planning Guidance crafted under another Bonesman, President George Herbert Walker Bush. It was assumed that following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States would rethink the need for war. Instead, the '92 Defense Planning Guidance set the stage for a whole new era of confrontation.
The Ill-Logic of the U.S. Predator Drone Campaign
"Imagine, for example, that burglars move into a neighborhood. If the police were to start blowing up people's houses from the air, would this convince homeowners to rise up against the burglars? Wouldn't it be more likely to turn the whole population against the police? And if their neighbors wanted to turn the burglars in, how would they do that exactly? Yet this is the same basic logic underlying the drone war."
Thursday, May 6, 2010(5 comments)
Crossing Zero, The Vanishing Point for the American Empire
A funny thing happened to the United States when the Obama administration decided to cross Zero line and bring the Afghan war into Pakistan. Instead of resolution, after nearly two years into the administration's AfPak strategy, it would seem the gap between reality and the Washington beltway has only widened.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010(1 comments)
Thinking outside the box? No! Throw the Box Away!
Breaking this chain of institutional thinking is essential to solving the Afghan problem. But most suggestions to "think outside the box" aren't really intended to create new thinking as much as they are to try and maintain the same old thinking with a different approach. What is needed now is a wholly different way of thinking and a whole new group to do it.
For now Washington will bask in the warm glow of triumphalism, just the way it did following the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
Thursday, October 27, 2011(1 comments)
A Love Fest In The Hindu Kush
During the 8 years of the Bush administration's "war on terror," Pakistan pretended to be an ally and the U.S. pretended to believe them. Now the U.S. pays for its Cold War policy-blindness and Bush-era delusion with the blood of its soldiers and diplomats as well as its tax dollars to service a hopelessly failed policy and a Pakistani military that acts more like an enemy than an ally.
Monday, October 25, 2010(1 comments)
What the Afghans Want
Reconciliation itself isn't the problem. Giving reconciled criminals a legitimate place in the Afghan government who are paid by foreign interests, are directed by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate and have never been held to account for their crimes against the Afghan people is the problem.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Thinking the Unthinkable in the Aftermath of Kandahar
The Battle for Kandahar & The "Perceptions" of American Victory
What can the world expect of American policy in the aftermath of what promises to be an even larger opium-inspired tea party in Kandahar? And what happens if the U.S. achieves a military victory, but fails to address the gaping political vacuum necessary to keep the Taliban from returning?