Heard Around Town: Bush’s Intelligence Triumvirate Does Not Want to See “Jonathan Pollard II”


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According to a former senior intelligence official I met with recently, Defense Secretary Bob Gates, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, and CIA Director Michael Hayden were all in the intel game when the Jonathan Pollard case came to light. They all felt “gamed by Israeli intelligence” back then, according to my source.
This is one of several reasons that this Intel Triumvirate (since Gates is holding DoD’s intel portfolio close to himself) has been skeptical of Israeli conclusions that Syria was on a nuclear weapons track. According to my source, “all of them were chastened by the Jonathan Pollard affair” and thus have some “healthy resistence” to intel that is circumstantial rather than definitive.

Hadn’t heard this before, but it is heartening to know that top Bush administration intelligence officials still get heartburn about Pollard. That must be frustrating for former Clinton administration CIA Chief James Woolsey who has been working hard to secure a commutation of Pollard’s life sentence.
Another bit of the Israel-Syria story that is very interesting is that while Israeli intelligence may have a more robust assessment of what Syria may have been up to than our intelligence analysts were willing to accept, Israel was not calling for an all-out war with Syria — and not trying to prompt American action in this case.
What’s weird about this incident is that the Office of the Vice President and fellow travelers like John Bolton actually took the incident and what little they had and raised up the hyperventilation a lot of notches — mostly to undermine a successful outcome of the Six Party Talks.
So the assessments ladder was like a triple-layer cake — with the Cheney Gang assumptions the worst; then Israel next; and then the State-DoD-Intel crowd.
Interestingly, Bush sided with Rice and Gates and against Cheney’s team on this one. That’s how we got the deal with North Korea.
— Steve Clemons


9 comments on “Heard Around Town: Bush’s Intelligence Triumvirate Does Not Want to See “Jonathan Pollard II”

  1. Carroll says:

    Posted by Raoul at October 12, 2007 11:44 AM
    I suggest you look up Pollards case on a government web site or offical case documents.
    I wouldn’t rely on information from the site you linked which has such departments as ” Islamic Watch”, Campus Watch and Daniel Pipes web site.
    You need to visit something besides zionist hating Muslims sites for your info.


  2. Raoul says:

    To Carrol: Please type “Pollard plea bargain” in Google (e.g.: http://www.meforum.org/article/355 “Pollard did not stand trial for his crime. Rather, he received his life sentence after entering into a plea-bargain agreement in which the government promised not to seek a life sentence. Entering into that agreement, Pollard relinquished his right to a trial, cooperated with government investigators, pleaded guilty — all, presumably, with the expectation that some leniency would be shown in his sentence.”)- now – perhaps you may want to argue that the internet stories represent a jewish conspiracy.


  3. Tom says:

    And then there is the explanation from back in September by DebkaFile that their sources said the Israeli overflight, which may have been orchestrated to look like an attack, was really a test to see if Israeli (US?) countermeasure technology could jam the new Russian surface to air missles recently delivered to Syria and, more importantly, to Iran.


  4. Carroll says:

    My,my,my…..a lot of chatter going on about Pollard types…like Feith and friends.
    All of a sudden, after Jews taking it for granted that they have the right to dual loyalty because they are an “exception” to the rule and in a democracy it’s their “right”…now some are worried that decades of claiming they have a right to be loyal to Israel because they are Jews might be leading to charges of treason. The treason thing is overblown in my opinion, since you have to actually commit an act of treason first. So let’s just say dual loyalty is a breeding ground for treason.
    Lots of defensive articles popping up in the MSM and net on this…I will use this one as an example.
    Wherein the author claims once again that being Jewish and aligned with Israel had nothing to do with their views on the ME war(s).
    In the comment section the readers aren’t buying his argument.
    I think it is good they are worried, after decades of pushing their Israel agenda against the interest of this country they need to be worried.
    Backlash is a wonderful thing and in this case a long time comming.
    Now it needs to hit congress before we hit Iran.
    And thank you google for all those wonderful cache version where we can review every word ever uttered by the uber zionist as they set about plotting US ME policy for the benefit of Israel.
    I can’t wait to see the hissy fits when and if we ever get to the AIPAC spy trials.


  5. Doug says:

    Pollard was the worst sort of traitor. He gave the Israeli’s everything who subsequently passed on some of the most sensitive info (i.e. continuity of government, nuke secrets, etc) to the Soviets. No matter how loud his supporters cry, he was a scumbag motivated by greed and addiction to sell out his country. He should have been hung and should never be released. It is good to see the Intel chiefs actually learned something from their pasts.


  6. Carroll says:

    Read yesterday that Condi had told the Israelis to hold off attacking any sites in Syria.
    Evidently they had informed us they were going to do it. They agreed at the time and then later
    decided they would go ahead with it despite US request.


  7. Carroll says:

    Posted by Raoul at October 11, 2007 07:53 PM
    There was never a plea bargin deal for Pollard. The CIA actually would have hung him if they could. Polard is lucky he is still alive.


  8. wren says:

    I saw your picture of Sec. Gates and I thought “Separated at Birth” w/ Michael J. Pollard


  9. Raoul says:

    I personally do not care what happens to Pollard but from what I have read, the U.S. reneged on a plea bargain agreement and that’s just flat out wrong. Perhaps the U.S. should not have entered into a deal, but it did, and it is way past due to honor it.


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