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    infallibly inaccurate..., 2006-03-28 11:44:01 | Main | short attention span theatre..., 2006-04-05 12:40:29

    1959:

    Allen Dulles and I met to discuss my future. The weary man I faced spoke with a candor I'd never encountered in him before. Once again he offered me career status in the CIA and also proffered several liaison positions with chiefs of state in Southeast Asia for my consideration. Instead of accepting, I expressed interest in the emerging nations of Africa, suggesting that lessons we'd learned in the Middle East would be valuable in dealing with the Africans' aspirations to rid themselves of the fetters of colonialism.

    Wilbur Crane Eveland has just spent 307 pages explaining in detail how successive coup plots in Syria had been shattered [1] and immediately exposed [2] resulting in Syria's willing dependence on others, i.e. the Soviets, to protect themselves from said aggression. Likewise successive successful coups in Lebanon had the opposite and equal effect, resulting in Lebanon's willing dependence on the US such that when the results of not-particularly-secret CIA-bought votes result in a civil rebellion Eisenhower occupied Lebanon in 1958 to preserve his new client. I'm just considering his credibility at this point on the subject of "lessons we'd learned".

    1. His own, planned with Michail Ilyan for October 29th 1956, was aborted (poorly, exposing many of the plotters who didn't recieve word soon enough and went ahead with their directives) due to the Israeli invasion of Sinai.
    2. By Eveland's account:
      I'd been too busy to give attention to the ploting in Syria, and my first indication of what [Vernon] Cassin's operation involved came from Arthur Close who, with [Howard] Stone, had come to Beirut on a secret and risky mission. Now, Close told me, it was the CIA that was in contact with former Syrian president Adib Shishakly, and by supply a false passport they'd brought into Lebanon Colonel Ibrahim Husseini, who'd been Shishakly's chief of security and was now the Syrian military attache in Rome. Art Close's unenviable task was to transport Husseini (a moose of a man) in the trunk of an embassy car across Syria's border so that he might meet secretly with Cassin's key Syrian agents and provide assurances that Shishakly would come back to rule once Syria's government had been overthrown.

      This time the coup was exposed before it ever got started. Syrian army officers assigned major roles simply walked into Colonel Sarraj's G-2 office, turned in their money, and named the CIA officers who'd paid them. [...detailed personell repercussions and so on, mostly involving said CIA officers simply being escorted to the border...]

      We'd expelled Syria's ambassador to the United States and recalled Ambassador Moose to Washington for "indefinite consultations" in feigned outrage over accusations that the CIA had been caught trying to overthrow the Syrian government.

      And so on.


:: posted by buermann @ 2006-03-28 20:34:30 CST | link





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