FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER
It was Carter's advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, who bragged to French news magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur, in Paris, 15 January 1998, of suckering in the Russians, by frightening them into believing the U.S. was threatening to create a hostile Muslim nation on its doorstep amid the Soviet Muslin republics, by our pouring in money to arm and train fundamentalists, fundamentalist tribes who would later receive much more, openly, from successive U.S. administrations, and which would include the funding, along with Saudi help, of tens of thousands of extreme Wahhabi sect madrasahs, schools that would eventually produce the Taliban, who along with Osama bin-Ladin, would eventually also receive U.S. aid.
“Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.”
Similarly, recognizing the wonderful and much appreciated decades long efforts of Bill Moyer to confront the distortions and war propaganda in conglomerate owned media, one can only imagine how big a dent Bill could make in conglomerate owned media's ongoing successful project to rehabilitate the Vietnam war as something to be proud of, if he would relive and describe for us in detail, what must have been a supreme agony for young Bill Moyer, namely, his twenty six months as Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to President Johnson during the Vietnam war. Here is what Moyer could help us with:
Media constantly proclaims each and every Vietnam veteran a hero, silently encouraging viewers, listeners and readers to forget that many of these veterans were spit upon in the 70's upon their return home. Today, every politician who 'served' in Vietnam presents himself proudly, and is hailed by media as an American hero; in spite of three million dead Vietnamese, and another two million Laotians and Cambodians; in spite of Eisenhower having admitted that Ho Chi Minh would have won overwhelmingly the all Vietnam election Ike blocked; in spite of Truman going against Roosevelt's promise of freedom from French brutal colonial occupation, and putting back in the French, who had been collaborators with the Japanese; in spite of our eight years of funding the French war of re-conquest until the French defeat, and then creating an separate and independent dictatorship called South Vietnam; in spite of the fact that the government of which we slaughtered a million of their citizens, in a quarter century attempt to overthrow, is the very same communist government we now happily trade with and sponsor for WTO membership.
From October ’64, until his resignation in December of ‘66, Bill Moyer was described as Lyndon Johnson’s umbilical cord. What a volcanic blast our favorite talk host could loose on the media for its praise of the Vietnam War, categorized as a defense of our freedoms. But Moyer would have to confess and share with us participation in what he today would consider indictable in a court of law. The Vietnam War was a crime against humanity that has gone unpunished.
Below are just a few of the events Bill Moyer was called upon to defend from 1965 until his resignation in 1966:
February - The U.S. begins the regular bombing of North Vietnamese towns and villages.
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organizes the first teach-in against the Vietnam War, with 2,500 participants, at the University of Michigan.
April - In the Dominican Republic, officers and civilians loyal to deposed President Juan Bosch mutiny against the right-wing junta running the country, setting up a provisional government. Forces loyal to the deposed military-imposed government stage a countercoup the next day, and civil war breaks out, although the new government retains its hold on power. U.S. troops are sent to the D.R. and to prevent the reinstatement of Bosch.
May - The largest teach-in to date begins at Berkeley, California, attended by 30,000.
June – An anti-war protest at The Pentagon
July - Johnson announces increase in the number troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000, and to double the number of men drafted per month from 17,000 to 35,000.
August - President signs a law penalizing the burning of draft cards with up to 5 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.