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Douglas Macgregor

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor was on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin on March 1, 2012 and said (starting at 7:58):

Because we’ve had now for 10, 11, almost 12 years, a number of people in positions of high authority who tend to see the world through this lens of unending enemies and dangers to the United States, when in fact the United States has never been safer and more secure in its entire history than it is today.

He’s referring, of course, to the “neocon crazies” that were kept in check under the George H.W. Bush administration and who have run wild since September 11, 2001.

So much, then, for the need to take out the non-existent threat of Iran, which Israel’s former spy agency head admitted wouldn’t have the capability of a nuclear device until 2018, presuming they are feverishly working toward one now, when there is no so evidence whatsoever.

On the failures of U.S. military operations that are kept hidden from the American people (starting at 11:05):

Some of these things have gone south. You simply haven’t heard about them. We don’t discuss failures or near-failures. We don’t talk about operations that we’ve conducted in Afghanistan particularly in 2001 and 2002 that didn’t come off well at all. We were very fortunate in most of these that large numbers of people were not killed.

On the expectation of hearing about such failures after hearing about alleged successes (starting at 11:35);

The danger of publicizing something like the bin Laden raid is that there’s an expectation that you are also gonna publicize your failures — we’re not going to do that. And I was one of those people that didn’t think we should talk at all about the details surrounding the bin Laden raid. We should simply announce that the man is gone and be done with it. I like the British model with the SAS much — SAS much better than the one that we’re pursuing here in the United States.

For more on the bin Laden killing, see my article, The Osama bin Laden killing: where was the kidney dialysis equipment or the DNA results of his kidneys?

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