TOP U.S. MIL OFFICER TELEGRAPHED COVERT INTEL LIBYA WAR STRATEGY
• Was "Arab Spring" fomented by covert U.S. intelligence operatives abroad, posing as civilian democracy advocates?
• What do President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton know about the "Capstone Concept" authored by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and when did they know it?
By VIC LIVINGSTON, Get Political columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener
The emerging U.S. strategy in Libya -- a joint international air offensive supplemented by the infusion of covert American CIA intelligence operatives on the ground -- apparently has been hiding in plain sight for more than two years.
A position paper written by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen in January 2009 -- the "Capstone Concept for Joint Operations" -- candidly advocates the use of covert U.S. military power as a means to overcome political opposition to what he terms "overt" intervention.
The Pentagon's "revised" Capstone Concept outlined in Admiral Mullen's paper was "tested" by American and foreign military forces in a week-long war-game staged in McLean, Va. from May 31-June 5, 2009.
The revised "Capstone Concept" document is publicly available on the web site of the United States Joint Forces Command (USJFC), and here:
Admiral Mullen's revised Capstone Concept strategy raises the question as to whether the "Arab Spring" -- a series of supposedly spontaneous democracy movements in nations such as Tunisia, Egypt, and now, Libya -- was actually the manufactured product of a longstanding military operation fomented by covert U.S. intelligence assets posing as civilian political activists.
Admiral Mullen's strategy paper also raises the specter that the Pentagon has pursued its own foreign policy goals by engaging in covert foreign operations that may not have been fully disclosed all the way up the chain of command to the civilian leadership and to members of Congress, which, under the U.S. Constitution, solely holds the power to declare war.
Stated Admiral Mullen in the "Capstone" strategy paper, issued in January 2009:
"The future increasingly will require the ability to employ military power in ways that minimize political repercussions -- something that will be very difficult to do overtly because of the transparency of the future operating environment. In many cases, it may be desirable to act preemptively before a developing situation reaches a level of crisis requiring the overt deployment of a large joint force.
"In some cases," Mullen said, "partner nations may welcome U.S. military assistance but may not be able politically to acknowledge that assistance. In still other cases, it may be in U.S. interests to act militarily even though overt action is politically unacceptable. Hence, a joint force with improved capability and capacity to operate covertly and clandestinely will be a more flexible and effective instrument of policy." (Emphasis added.)
Although Mullen's policy paper has been publicly available on the internet, it is not known whether the document has been widely circulated among members of Congress who sit on committees that have powers of oversight and funding of military and intelligence operations.
Nor is it known whether President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have endorsed Mullen's policy declarations, or the extent to which each is aware of the joint chiefs chairman's "Capstone Concept" position paper.
This correspondent will endeavor to answer those questions in coming days; but his telecommunications have been subject to interception and censorship by a covert censorship regime run by military contractor Lockheed Martin, and exposed in a series of articles first published on NowPublic.com. The links to those articles are are available here:
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