Mike Morrell, CIA chieftain, holds forth on Charlie Rose

Former CIA chief Mike Morrell appears on Charlie Rose, CBS to endorse Hillary and attack Trump, as “Manchurian candidate”, doing the bidding for Moscow. Morrell’s mentality and delusions strongly suggest that top echelons of the US government are populated with sociopathic criminals.


POSTED AND WITH COMMENTARY BY D.F. ANDERSON
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Rose receiving a Peabody Award: proof conclusive that “professional” journalism is a joke in the United States. Photo by Peabody Awards

Dateline: 8/8/16—
Charlie Rose, a shameless disinformer for the US imperialist establishment, was obviously lending the prestige of his media platform to CIA operative Mike Morrell to permit him to disseminate his toxic and mendacious views in the guise of an urbane interview. Whilst it’s unlikely that Rose intended to have Morrell hang himself with admissions of guilt, or allow the curtain to be drawn on his guest’s true sordid nature or that of the organization and system he serves, things apparently didn’t go completely according to the script. Unwittingly perhaps, Morrell provided a candid picture of where these sinister forces really reside politically, and how they see the world. To say it’s sickening is a bit anticlimactic for anyone who understands US foreign policy, and has followed the trail of unbroken bloodstained international criminality and hypocrisy blazed by the CIA and the US government for the last 70 years.

It’s worth noting that Rose, the ever suave but supposedly “quick on his feet” journalist seems beatifically oblivious to Morrell’s self-serving declarations. Couched in an atmosphere of mutual cordiality, it’s clear this is a “softball interview,” and that the legendary host sees no reason to interrupt when Morrell, high on his “American exceptionalist” conceit, talks without a trace of guilt about America’s criminal actions in Iraq, cheerfully brushing aside all historical context.

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Indeed, in part evoking the sanctimony of a misguided Jesuit, Morrell is clearly unperturbed by the long record of US malicious interventions in Iran, a highlight of which was the young CIA-engineered overthrow of the country’s prime minister in the 1950s, the hapless Mossadegh, a caper for which dynasty scion Kermit Roosevelt would long receive accolades among his equally comfy pals, all to put a Washington gendarme in his place, the tyrannical Shah Reza Pahlevi.

In keeping with his script, designed to prepare the public for more aggressive policies throughout the Middle East and the world under Clinton, Morrell spills his petty venom against Iran and Russia, editing out history’s inconvenient facts. Thus he prefers not to dwell on what America did to that nation after the Shah’s fall, in 1979, including the arming and sicking of Saddam Hussein on Teheran, a maneuver that embroiled Baghdad and Tehran in a ghastly war —the Iran-Iraq War—and which ended up costing an ocean of blood to both nations, but which made fortunes for the arms merchants, and created further opportunities for Western interference. “When we were in Iraq,” says Morrell, evenly, almost blissfully, arguing for further bloodshed, as if the invasion and destruction of that nation (and others in the region) under false pretenses were all oh such a wonderful example of American goodness and generosity, “the Iranians were giving weapons to the Shia militia…who were killing American soldiers.” Ah, imagine that! Now we understand. As per the mind of Morrell and his ilk, a rogue imperial power an ocean away, with a long resume of atrocities in all continents, has the right to do as it pleases in the Middle East, but a regional power, long subjected to Washington’s treachery and foul ministrations, seeking legitimately to bolster its security, has none. Such is the moral caliber of those who lead us. Draw your own conclusions.

Incidentally, as might be expected since Charlie Rose is always ready to accommodate establishment worthies, Morrell has been a frequent guest of the program, as seen on the list below:

Other appearances by Morrell

June 2016
June 2016
March 2016
March 2016
January 2016
January 2016
December 2015
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015

Editor's Note
D.F. Anderson is trying to make some sense of US politics from his current perch in Toronto, Canada.


BELOW: BONUS
The Daily Beast profile on this worm. Note that it is (coming from the Daily Beast, an establishment/rightwing outlet) rather complimentary to Morrell. 

Morrell profile, according to The Daily Beast.
PETRAEUS’S REPLACEMENT— Michael J. Morell: Introducing the CIA’s New Acting Director / By Kevin Fallon


David Petraeus exits as head of the CIA under a cloud of scandal, making way for Michael J. Morell—an unassuming, 32-year agency veteran—to fill the spot at the top. Michael J. Morell had no intention of working for the CIA. The Ohio native was fresh out of the University of Akron, where he earned a B.A. in economics. “I had every intention of going to grad school and getting a Ph.D. in economics and teaching,” he said in a 2006 interview. “But a friend of mine suggested, ‘Why don’t you send a resume to the CIA?’” He even approached his job interview as nothing more than a free trip to the nation’s capital. Fast forward three decades, and the CIA’s top-ranking officer, David Petraeus, a highly decorated former general, has stepped down as the head of the agency, confessing to an extra-marital affair. Morell, for all of his initial lack of enthusiasm for the agency, has now been promoted from deputy to acting director of the CIA. He’s running the show. Of course, this isn’t Morell’s first rodeo. He served as acting director once before, after Petraeus’s predecessor, Leon E. Panetta, resigned in 2011. Morell went back to his role a deputy director once Petraeus took his post. But whereas Petraeus gained the position thanks to an impressive 37-year military career, Morell started at the bottom and worked his way up through the ranks.


His CIA career began in 1980, when he was 21-years-old. He was an economic analyst with a salary of $15,193. For 14 years, he served as an analyst and manager of East Asia intelligence, and was promoted to director of the CIA’s office of Asian, Pacific, and Latin American analysis in 1999. He’s been in the room with the big guys for over a decade. For a time, he served as the executive assistant to former CIA director George J. Tenet, and was in charge of presidential briefings for parts of both Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s presidencies. As chief of the staff that produces the president’s daily brief, his job was to sit down every morning with the president and fill him on the latest intelligence. He was with President Bush on 9/11. He was Bush’s intelligence advisor at the time, and, according to The Wall Street Journal, had “been at the center of nearly every fight against al Qaeda and has seen the limits of U.S. intelligence.” As such, he served as “the CIA’s devil’s advocate before the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan.” It was Morell who in August 2001 delivered the fateful report, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike the U.S.,” that would be made infamous by the 9/11 Commission.


He was in that Sarasota, Florida classroom where Bush was reading a children’s book when he first heard that the World Trade Center had been hit. When Bush asked, “Who did this?” Morell said, “I haven’t seen any intelligence, but I would bet every dollar I have that it’s al Qaeda.” After serving as Bush’s daily intel officer, Morell went overseas from 2003 to 2006 on an undisclosed agency assignment of which there are no details. He was named deputy director for intelligence at the National Counterterrorism Center when he returned, but only held the position for three months before he began his trajectory from the CIA’s No. 3 to its No. 2 and now acting No. 1. He was named associate deputy director of the CIA in 2006, the first person to hold that title. Two years later, he was promoted to deputy director of the CIA, the agency’s second highest in command. And he’s managed nearly all of this with nearly no public profile. When Petraeus took over at the CIA in 2011, it was Morell, with his three decades of agency experience, who was charged with shepherding the general into the role. Gauging the response of Petraeus’s contemporaries—both John McCain and Dianne Feinstein have publicly bemoaned his resignation and praised his tenure with the CIA—he succeeded. Now, the man behind the curtain is alone at the top. When it comes to how Morell might run his ship as acting director, some clues may be gleaned from the high praise he’s expressed for his former boss, Petraeus. “I’ve never seen anyone with his drive—ever,” Morell told The New York Times just last week, as Petraeus prepped to testify before Congress about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. “He remembers what he asks for. Three weeks later he’ll say at a morning meeting, ‘Whatever happened to that? Is that done yet?’”


Yet even while Morell still served under Petraeus, agency veterans worried that he was too much of an insider to properly lead the agency. After all, he had never worked anywhere else. But his history with the organization and knowledge of its failures as well as its successes could prove an asset. For example, as the hunt for bin Laden peaked in 2011, it was Morell, according to Panetta, who insisted on due diligence before the raid. “Michael always raised the experience of what happened with weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” Panetta said. Having survived 32 years of CIA controversy and failed missions, Morell, unlike some of his more aggressive predecessors, understands the importance of humility: “We end up having bits of information that have a multitude of possible explanations,” he said in a rare 2011 interview. “You’ve got to be really humble about the business in.” He also, presumably, understands the importance of not having an affair.
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