Who needs Enemies with Friends like Washington?
“Mr. Ambassador .You cannot trust Americans on even what they give you in writing”, a Turkish Deputy Prime Minister to the author. ”
“India disappointed that the name of David Headley was not provided by US, if not pre-26/11 at least post 26/11”, Indian Home Secretary GK Pillai, (Headley visited India in March 2009) New Delhi could have nabbed him.
In any case with 70% of allies war material for Afghanistan being sent up from the Karachi port, the place crawling with FBI and other agents, US has unmatched control over communications in the region. To believe that US did not have precise details of preparations and even departure of ISI trained terrorists is foolhardy. The revelations by Headley only confirm the author’s suspicions held since 2611, which damaged India’s reputation and brand equity, much to Beijing’s delight.
Here is another example
US led West had supported Iraq's long war in 1980s against Khomeini's Iran, with the US granting loans to Baghdad worth billions of dollars. A few days before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990, US Ambassador April Glaspie told Saddam Hussein in Baghdad that his dispute with Kuwait was a bilateral Arab affair. Something similar was said by the State department the next day, thus giving green signal to Saddam to ‘resolve the bilateral dispute.’ The rest is history with a litany of lies. The author was posted at Amman (1989-92) with only Jordan’s border open to Iraq with the country crawling with media and others. The details of Ambassador Glaspie‘s talk with Saddam Hussein and the green signal was given to Baghdad. This was never clearly refuted by the US and Ambassador Glaspie disappeared from view.
Soon Riyadh too was misled by doctored evidence of Saddam's military intentions to invade Saudi Arabia while Iraq’s forces were in a defensive posture. After the liberation of Kuwait i.e. promoting US interests in the region, Washington made Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other allies pay through the nose, costing over $150 billion.
There is a litany of such examples how Washington will mislead and even deceive friends and allies. You do not need testimony from FBI agent David Goldman Headley’s scorned and estranged 27 years old Moroccan wife Faiza Outalha who was told to "Get lost" by the US officials in Islamabad when she told him a year before 26/11 that Headley was planning a terror attack in India with the help of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba .
"I told them, he's either a terrorist, or he's working for you," she recalled claiming that she showed them photos of Headley and her stay, twice, at the Taj-Mahal Hotel. (confirmed by hotel records)
A senior US official confirmed Outalha's meeting but gave no details of her warnings. In a statement, National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer stonewalled that by saying: "The United States regularly provided threat information to Indian officials in 2008 before the attacks in Mumbai."
"Had we known about the timing and other specifics related to the Mumbai attacks, we would have immediately shared those details with the government of India," Hammer added.
The revelations came after a recent report by ProPublica followed by New York Times and The Washington Post that the FBI had been warned about Headley’s terrorist ties a year before the Mumbai attacks. It was pointed out that "despite those warnings by two of his three wives, Headley roamed far and wide on Lashkar's behalf." Despite a federal inquiry into the tip, Headley spent the next four years doing terrorist reconnaissance around the world. Between 2006 and 2009, he came on five spying missions to Mumbai, one after 2611 scouting targets for the attack by Lashkar that killed 166 people, including six Americans.
Headley was arrested 11 months after 26/11 attack of Mumbai.
See West Stirred-up Muslims Terrorize Mumbai by K. Gajendra Singh
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