With the unmasking of Mary McCarthy as a leaker within the CIA, violating both federal law and countless oaths to give classified information to the press, a lot of people are starting to draw tentative connections between seemingly disparate people and events. And although I’m usually one of the first to mock and denigrate conspiracy theories, I have this niggling suspicion they very well might be on to something.
First up, Charles Johnson and his mighty legions have pulled together a remarkable set of coincidences, connections, and correlations in the McCarthy case. There’s always a danger of going too far with this sort of thing, because as you near the top of the government, you start discovering that everyone knows everyone and has had some dealings with everyone else. But the chain is difficult to refute.
But put that into a bit of historical perspective. How does that relate to other incidents?
Well, we also have Sandy Berger, National Security Advisor to Bill Clinton, pleading guilty to removing and destroying highly classified material from the National Archives — information directly related to the Clinton administration’s actions and plans and intelligence regarding the threat of terrorist attacks, such as the then-building plans for the 9/11 attacks.
And let us never forget Senator Jay Rockefeller, who has admitted to telling foreign governments about the Bush Administration’s plans: “I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq — that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11.”
Those are just three examples, the most prominent ones that spring to mind. But there are many, many more.
Von Clausewitz is famously quoted as saying that “war is an extension of politics by other means.” We very well may now be seeing the evolution of politics into war, the escalation of partisanship into actual acts of treason. I wonder if we’re seeing the emergence of a blending of the cold war (never declared, never openly fought, just battled through proxies and non-military means) with a civil war.
I hope I’m wrong. I really, really hope I’m wrong. But I’m growing more and more cynical.