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