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Told Untruths — But why would Iranian TV make ‘documentary’ about ‘whistleblower’ recruited by Israeli agent of influence?

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
February 9, 2013

A White House Middle East policy adviser under Clinton, she was personally recruited by Richard “Prince of Darkness” Perle to become the Bush Administration’s geo-strategic adviser to the Admiral(s) running America’s crucial 5th Fleet in Bahrain. Unbeknownst to Perle – who thought she was a loyal neocon – Gwenyth agreed with the first Admirals she worked with to undermine neocon plans to arrange a war-trigger incident vs. Iran. (emphasis added)

— “Gwenyth Todd: Neocons plotted US war on Iran; Richard Clarke a 9/11 person of interest,” The Kevin Barrett Show, September 4, 2012.

SH: In the movie Kill The Messenger, you describe Richard Perle as “an agent of influence for Israel” – what exactly is an agent of influence?

PG: That’s basically someone who works for a government, but is working for the interests of another government through his US government position. So when Perle was at the Defense Department, which he has been intermittently at through the years, he exploited his position, his contacts, on behalf of Israel. That’s not my assessment, incidentally, that was an assessment made by the CIA. There have been a number of other people in the government, particularly at the Defense Dept who’ve also been alleged to be agents of influence for Israel. (emphasis added)

— Scott Horton Interviews Philip Giraldi, Antiwar Radio, January 24, 2008.

Interestingly, the title of Ostrovsky’s book was inspired by another Biblical injunction, which Mossad adopted as its motto: ‘By way of deception, thou shalt do war.’

— Avi Shlaim, ‘Abu Nidal, Abu Shmidal,’ London Review of Books, May 9, 1991.

…you confuse your opponent, not with secrecy but too much information. There is more. You mix facts and lies, placing the names of those really responsible. The guilty are proven innocent because their accusers mask themselves behind a series of “dead ends” and unprovable conclusions. (emphasis added)

— Gordon Duff, The Lie Industry, Veterans Today, October 10, 2011.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship.

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  1. I’ve said right from the start that Gordon Duff and his Veterans Today were phony, and I say this woman is phony too.

    niqnaq

    February 10, 2013 at 2:48 am

  2. Birds of a feather…

    As Duff wrote on September 19, 2012:

    Todd has long worked with Veterans Today and had agreed to move from “unofficial” to “official” staff.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 10, 2013 at 7:00 am

  3. The whole saga is recounted by Jeff Stein — not a man who would cross the room for Sibel Edmonds, for example – in the WaPo:

    niqnaq

    February 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

  4. One of the purposes of Todd’s implausible story may be to exact revenge on Admiral Fallon for actually preventing war with Iran, while at the same time misdirecting attention away from the fact that if anyone was trying to provoke the Iranians to take the first shot (à la Patrick Clawson) it would have been Israel and its American agents and assets. As Jeff Stein writes:

    Administration officials privy to the affair, meanwhile, said they were surprised when Fallon portrayed himself, in a much-talked-about 2008 Esquire interview, as nearly single-handedly stopping Bush administration hawks from starting a war with Iran. Because of the uproar over the article, he resigned shortly after.

    As for the big-decks conspiracy scenario presented by Todd and others, Fallon called it “B.S.” in an e-mail, but declined to answer further questions. (emphasis added)

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 10, 2013 at 11:06 am

  5. Interestingly, Duff claims in a September 29, 2012 piece that Stein’s WaPo piece “became impossible to locate in 24 hours without having saved the link. Search engines killed it in a process known as ‘scrubbing.'” The article would appear to have been “unscrubbed” as it’s currently the top result in a Google search for the title.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

  6. Here’s one of the more dubious people that Todd works with. It should be clear who benefits from this type of provocative, speculative “analysis”…

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

  7. It could be a psyop intended to split the US anti-war-with-Iran movement along lines you can well appreciate, namely, to split it into a faction who want to believe that Israel is responsible for all US/NATO aggression in the mid-East (Perle, the “Prince of Darkness,” being the hook to hang this plot on), versus a faction that don’t. Sibel Edmonds, whom I really cannot imagine is a psyops agent, unmistakably doesn’t support the view that Israel is behind everything. Ms Todd has not found her way into Edmonds’ Whistleblowers’ Coalition.

    This could just be because of Todd’s horrible wannabe personality, or it could be because they think she’s a fake and rejected her advances, if she made any. A mole inside the NSWBC would have been useful.

    niqnaq

    February 11, 2013 at 2:38 am

  8. @niqnaq,

    One of the problems with your “antiwar movement factionalization” theory is that in the Kevin Barrett interview linked to above, Todd describes the “Prince of Darkness” and other neoconservatives as “naïve.” So unless one faction is to believe that the “naïve neocons” are the source of all (Middle East) wars…

    Thank you for the information regarding Sibel Edmonds’ NSWBC. I had been wondering if Todd were a member. That she is not would be more reassuring were it not for the fact that Edmonds and Todd are both members of Veterans Today Speakers Bureau.

    Perhaps the few credible names still associated with VT are not fully aware of some of its even more transparently ludicrous stories.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 11, 2013 at 3:33 am

  9. So interesting:

    1- I think VT adds names to their SB without even checking with the speakers:-) I am not a member of any speakers bureau or VT! I will e-mail their editors and ask them to take my name out.

    2- I don’t know this lady, Todd. A couple of years ago, One of the VT editors asked me to check her out. I believe she was in AU at that time. Well, the interview to check her out and her legitimacy never came to fruition. She would schedule, then cancel. Then, the e-mails were very hard to make sense of. Anyhow, I am not sure if she is legit/real, because I don’t even know who she is, and the very brief encounter I had did not leave me with a positive impression.

    3- The line with ‘Naive Neocons.’ Such a bs, and not even original. I have attended several speeches by Sy Hersh, and that is his favorite line (including in his articles). You’d think if you want to bs you’d try to come up with some kind of original bs, no? Naive Perle: Bullock!!! That naivety has gotten him on the board of top MIC, his millions of dollars, and all the damages he’s been inflicting.

    Well, you never know: she may find Sy Hersh a backer;-)

    Sibel Edmonds

    February 11, 2013 at 4:44 am

  10. “It could be a psyop intended to split the US anti-war-with-Iran movement along lines you can well appreciate, namely, to split it into a faction who want to believe that Israel is responsible for all US/NATO aggression in the mid-East (Perle, the “Prince of Darkness,” being the hook to hang this plot on), versus a faction that don’t.”

    Unfortunately, there is nothing remotely resembling an anti-war-with-Iran movement in the US worth splitting. What there is is a “Left” that has been “Israeli-occupied” for some time, but cleverly so.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 11, 2013 at 8:20 am

  11. Admiral Fallon succinctly dismissed her conspiracy theory as “B.S.”

    Either you believe Fallon or you believe someone who was “personally recruited” by a hardly “naïve” Perle, worked “directly” with “Paul” (Wolfowitz), admires “Clash of Civilizations” architect Bernard Lewis, met indicted AIPAC spy Steve Rosen for weekly dinners (which she claims was at the behest of the FBI), etc., etc.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

  12. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to get some thought-provoking answers to the question that I’d asked about why Todd would have made the video. I confess to, unfortunately, probably being one of the bleeding-heart liberals who naively embraces as genuine the kinds of straight-forward comments as I heard on the VT/Todd video. I got it from a similarly naive colleague, and then sent it to Maidhc for his comments. Although it’s true that Todd makes clear-cut statements, given what the military likes to do to real whistleblowers, I was wondering where she was coming from.

    I’ve been wading through your comments, making constant side-tracks to learn more about all the people referenced. It’s a bit like reading a Russian novel… I need a diagram of the names and their links. I’m under some heavy deadlines just now, and so I’m going to have come back here after I do my homework on the names, but I’d like to clarify what I think I understand your basic premise to be – namely that by having the actual truth spoken by controlled agents (Duff? Todd?) – that enables the Israeli/US power cabal to successfully discredit the information by tainting it with contentions of, e.g., “conspiracy,” etc., so that should the truth surface from a genuinely credible source, it would already be so tainted that no one would consider it to be valid?

    Thanks very much again for your insights, Louise

    Kufa

    February 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

  13. Thank you again for tipping me off to this classic piece of disinformation, Kufa.

    The key to understanding Todd’s story is the Duff quote above, which helpfully reveals the modus operandi of a disinformation specialist. It’s this mixing of lies with the facts that enables the guilty to be proven innocent.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  14. By starting off with well-established facts about the power of the Israel lobby in Washington and its ability to endlessly divert the attention of the American “dog” from the so-called “peace process,” Todd establishes her credibility with viewers which tends to undermine their skepticism toward the ensuing conspiracy theory.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

  15. I was asked to read this exchange by a friend. Normally I avoid these sorts of sites because life is far too short and I would rather spend my limited time with my family and friends, a million miles away from all that is going on back in the real world. That said, if someone approaches me and asks me to tell my story, I have nothing to hide and if those who hear my story think I am obfuscating, that is fine. At this point, I have done all I can and I have no dog in this fight. If you want to ask me something directly, you should. If I have time, I will tanswer openly and honestly, even if my answer casts me in a less-than favour able light. The stuff I am reading here is so complex, it sounds like something out of Monty Python’s Life Of Brian and makes my head spin, as if the truth were not complicated enough. Or perhaps I am merely tired. Either way, please keep attacking me, someone you do not even know, if it makes you feel better but please do not drop the ball on preventing more war in the process. And just for the record, I did not do this or any other interview for publicity, I did it because Press TV asked nicely and my attorneys said it is important to get the truth out there. I have never accepted a dime in compensation from anyone who has interviewed me, whether the FBI, Washington Post or Press TV, and I am certainly not on anyone involved’s payroll, not even VT. I did try to speak with Sibel but when I called her (at her suggestion) at what I thought was the designated time, she did not answer and frankly, I wasn’t sure why she wanted to talk to me. I figured if she really wanted to talk, she would have called me back. If you had any idea absurd how this debate over whether I am a “Zionist agent” or publicity hunter, you would be mortified. Now I will sign off and leave you to. debate how this post is actually a sophisticated effort at dissimulation. I have an actual life to live and prefer to do that instead of typing on websites.
    Enjoy!

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 13, 2013 at 3:07 am

  16. Ms. Todd, I admire the courage to stand up to power, as many in the States have, and no doubt countinue to do so. I just don’t understand why you waited 5 years, until the recent elections in American to speak out? I believe you first talked about this in August 2012 or thereabouts.

    Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

    February 13, 2013 at 4:08 am

  17. I was frankly confused after what happened on Dec 13 2007 in Bahrain. I came to Australia to figure thing out, and right after I got here and Nuri tranferred to me a large sum to pay my US attorneys tens of thousands of dollars for work to date, my only source of funding left, Nuri, was found shot dead on a sidewalk in Zstanbul. Suicide? I do not think so. I fought on my own with the US government, trying to get an investigation into what had happened in Bahrain, and as a result, I did get a copy of the Dec 13 2007 letter but could get no further. No one would listen and no one would investigate. In February 2011, I suddenly was contacted by the New York Times about the uprising in Bahrain. I gave them my personal opinion and they printed it. Within days, an undercover FBI agent talked his way past my Australian husband (in violation of international protocols) and tried to lure me onto US Embassy grounds for reasons as yet unknown. When I pointed out the holes in his story, he left in a hurry but called back the next day to try again. Finally he confessed he was FBI and said he had been ordered to find a way to get me onto US Embassy grounds, but he could not tell me why. That was when the first article about me hit the news. I figured if the US Government was ready to go to such lengths to try to lure me in, I had a problem. I contacted a few people, including Gordon Duff, to see if they had any opinion on this hunting of me by the US Government. Then the Australan Broadcasting Company contacted me and asked if I would discuss Qaddhafi. So momentum built. When the WaPo called, I agreed to cooperate fully on an article. With the lawyers there checking every detail, it took 15 months to get that story published. And that story has led to interest in what happened. If it is any consolation, I still have no answers. Senator Leahy sent a letter asking DoD to conduct an investigation, but they told him to go fly a kite because I had no rights as a former contractor: apparently my contacting the State Deoartment was not protected under the whistleblower statutes. Press TV asked me if they could interview me and of course I was hesitant, but I didn’t see what harm it could do–after all, even Senator Leahy got nowhere. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the Press TV piece–it had fewer errors than any of the US press and web coverage of my story, including the Washington Post. Australua has been pretty much on the mark, but the US cannot seem to report on my story without either twisting my words or omitting key events. But I am not complaining–I just hope people can get through the commentary and listen to me, not someone else’s retread of what I said or think. And I do not mind the insults and criticism of me. I do mind the one death threat I received after speaking to Press TV, but the Australuan Federal Police have been very supportive. So that’s pretty much it. I did not want publicity, I just wanted an explanation of why I was set up to be arrested or killed by members of the US Government on Dec 13 2007. I have no hidden agenda, whether people want to be,I’ve that or not.

    I am afraid I need to go now to a truly glamourous event: hanging out the washing in the lovely summer weather. Seriously, I am not seeking fame or fortune, I just would like to know what happened and why the USG continues to cover-up what happened, as well as who left the dead viper on my doorstep, etc. But I would not trade my reasonably quiet, if somewhat impoverished lifestyle for that exciting Government career for anything on Earth, I can assure you.

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 13, 2013 at 5:22 am

  18. Gwenyth Todd,

    I’m delighted that you listened to your friend’s suggestion and took the time to join us here on what you disdainfully refer to as one of “these sorts of sites” (whatever that is supposed to mean).

    After watching the Press TV film and looking into your story, I have so many questions I’d like to ask you. But as you seem to be in a bit of a hurry to get back to living your “actual life,” as you put it, permit me to ask you just one question for the time being.

    In “Untold Truths” you say, “Yeah, these people don’t mess around. They wanted war. And they want war now.” (starting around the 23 minute mark).

    By “these people,” do you mean the Israeli lobby you referred to earlier in the film?

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 13, 2013 at 6:57 am

  19. You seem awfully defensive and hostile, given that you are the one who passionately questioned my credibility in the first place. Are you an Irish citizen like me, incidentally? Just wondering. In answer to your question, I mean any zealots, of any nationality, who feel that the rights and lives of the Palestinians, and indeed non-Israeli citizens of any Middle Eastern states in general, should be discounted if they refuse to support the policies and actions of radical right wing politicians in Israel. I am appalled at the death and destruction that resulted from what I have made clear I believe was an invasion of Iraq for all the wrong reasons, and I have simply done all I can to prevent a follow-on invasion of Iran. If you disagree with that, that is fine, I am out of the government world and have been for sometime, I find the constant sniping incredibly unpleasant, I have done what I can and if someone asks me about it, I will give them my views. So no, I do not surf websites on this subject and I do not encourage the media to interview me. If a media outlet asks to interview me, I have thus far agreed. I do find your attack on me curious and somewhat confusing, but you are free to disparage me as much as you like. I am comfortable with what I have said and done and if you want to blog about how I am an Israeli spy and a phony and a wannabe, please go for it. It has absolutely no bearing on my life, other than the time it has required to type these responses. And with dinner to prepare for my family, I am afraid that any further comment from me is unlikely, if that strikes you as suspicious or as evidence that I am a Zionist spy, have at it, I would hope you would focus more on preventing war and human rights violations than on the statements made by an unknown middle aged woman who is not even working on these issues anymore, but that is really up to you. I wish you well, regardless.

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

  20. If you are “appalled” by the consequences of U.S. Middle East policy under the influence of the Israel lobby — whose plans for the region you have long been aware of — then why did you write a commentary for the Lowy Institute as late as November 22, 2010?

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 13, 2013 at 9:09 am

  21. I was asked to write my thoughts on Turkey. I also was not paid for it. I wrote what I thought and they published it. I am not a member of the Lowy Institute but I was happy to provide my view if they felt like publishing it. I am not sure I understand the problem you have with my providing an opinion piece at the request of a Catholic guy at Lowy about Turkey, again for which I received no remuneration whatsoever. Was the piece pro-Israel did you think? I dudn’t mean for it to be pro or anti-Israel. I do think that, objectively, the apparent Turkey-Israel rift is worth examining closely, because it is not cut and dry by any means. But I wasn’t asked to focus on that–probably because the guy at Lowy knew his bosses would not have liked such a piece. I don’t know, I have never spoken to anyone at Lowy since submitting that piece they asked for. I guess they did not like my views or my writing. Who knows?

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

  22. Clicking on the “Lowy Institute” link above should make things clearer.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

  23. That would certainly explain why they never called me back or offered to pay me for the piece the Catholic guy asked for. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall to have seen Matin Indyk’s face when he saw my name on a Lowy product! Look, I did what I thought was right in washington and later in Bahrain and it has landed me in very hot water. I did everything I could from my position in the private sector to sound the alarm about impending disaster in Iraq beginning in January 2001, but no one listened. It was too absurd sounding that we would go to war just because of a right-wing neocon agenda–the American people would never be so foolish, I was told by patronizing journalists and others who could have stepped in. I put my life on the line to try to stop a similar thing happening in Iran and at least it was partly successful in stemming the tide for a bit. I would still do whatever I could to prevent more war in the Middle East, but I am way too far away from the action to have any influence or access. I am not approaching people to publish my story or views, but when they ask, I have thus far agreed to speak, for whatever it is worth. I found the vitriol in some of the comments in the chain fascinating. I have a “horrible personality”, I am a “”phony” and a “wannabe”? People are entitled to their opinions, but other than Sibel Edmonds, I have never heard of any of the people commenting. They appearently know me somehow, enough to proclaim me a fraud or an Israeli spy or a despicable human being. It reinforces why I left that world and do not want to go back–even the people who claim to share my desire to rein in AIPAC and other right-wing groups who care nothing for the lives of innocent people in the region are spitting venom at me. People innthe US Government who know me say I should fight and reclaim my clearance and my “reputation”. Thanks but no thanks. But if someone wants to hear why I left, and they are polite, I usually have no,qualms about telling my story, even if it only serves as a cautionary tale. I would say that people should ray they don’t wind up in my position but frankly, I am much happier now than I ever was before Dec 2007. Perhaps I should thank whomever it was that set me up in Bahrain: I might not have left if they hadn’t. There are so many people who seem to want to jump into the middle of this ongoing tragedy that at least I don’t feel I am abandoning the cause. But no, I go for days without even checking the news from my beautiful retreat and I cannot tell how relieved I am to be out of it. I truly wish you well though, especially if you can make any tangible contribution towards easing the plight of those affected by right-wing, Zionist fanatics.

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

  24. All I can say is after reading all the comments is that Gwenyth Todd has stopped a war and risk all that she had in life. what have you done Maidhc Ó Cathail ?
    this post is getting to much attention.
    signing off

    Mark Jaymi

    February 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

  25. Let’s pause and reflect for a moment on what we are being asked to believe here: The woman who foiled a neocon plot to start WWIII in 2007 only discovers in 2013 that she was writing for a pro-Israel think tank in 2010.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 14, 2013 at 1:56 am

  26. This really is right out of Monty Python. I would be amused if you were not supposed to be championing the cause of those threatened by Israeli actions, people who really need help. With me sidelined, it would make me feel a bit better to know that those who expound from the comfort of their home were not actively trying to take down those of us who actually take action to stop these fanatics. Divide and conquer I suppose–it always works. So while I fully support you and would never think to attack you out of the blue, you see fit to do everything in your power to discredit me. It is OK if you feel the cause is served by discrediting me. You should follow your instincts towards your goal, whatever it may be. Now, let’s see, I am a phony wannabe middle aged horrible woman in rural Australia. Is your goal to somehow decimate me or my reputation? Do you really think I care? I have no secrets and I won’t pass judgment on your aspirations if that is the case, but could you not at least set your bar a bit higher for the Palestinians and other affected groups and go after a meaningful involved target? Or are you looking for low hanging, though inedible fruit? Keep it coming if that is what you want to do. I am not bothered in the least, but tilting at windmills is not a productive exercise by anyone’s standard. I am flattered that you think I am so important that you want to write and write about me with an aim to show me up as some sort of quadruple agent of Israel, but I regret to inform you that there is nothing there and you will come out looking not like a hero on a steed but rather the back end of said animal. Incidentally, I do not mind that or any other look for myself but I suspect a proud Irishman like you likes to be the hero. So keep attacking this windmill, if it makes you feel good inside. I have done all I am going to do to prevent an attack on Iran and it is now time for me to rest, so your sniping means absolutely nothing to me and has absolutely no impact on my life other than (as I have said earlier) using up a few free minutes to reply to your bizarre accusations, which is getting boring not just for me, but clearly for at least one of the people who reads your blog. I am not sure how many subscribers you have, I hope it is many. But perhaps you might you consider instead doing something about the problem of right wing Zionism, even though that is a much heftier challenge. The rewards would be greater though for the oppressed and for yourself if you chose the latter. But I do understand that the former is a much easier, if thoroughly meaningless, endeavour. Either way, go for it!

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 14, 2013 at 6:35 am

  27. Spending one’s time making sense of conspiracies in the virtual world, however useful, might have its own corollary tunnel vision. Washington “players” are used to dealing with unsavory outfits such as Lowy; this doesn’t mean that they need be subjected to the Manichean categories of the dark side. Even people who have been compromised, as anyone who has ever been close to power is compromised, is not necessarily impervious to conscience. Think JFK. And what is wrong with talking to Press TV for goodness sake?

    Maidhc I am a fan but petulance is rarely endearing.

    maoilriain

    February 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

  28. But perhaps you might you consider instead doing something about the problem of right wing Zionism, even though that is a much heftier challenge.

    ———————

    You keep intimating ‘ right-wing zionism ‘. Are you more of a ‘ left-wing zionism ‘ type of gal? I know Duff is.

    Osiris

    February 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

  29. You poor thing. This absurd and desperate attack is never going to yield any positive results because, although you clearly do not believe it, I can assure you that you are barking up the wrong tree. And while you are doing so, there are real issues that need tackling. So how do I help you back off with dignity? How about if I say that you are absolutely 100% correct, you found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and nailed the truth. In fact, Gwenyth Todd does not even exist and never has. My real name is Saul Sheinberg and I am sitting in a luxury bunker built specially by Neiman-Marcus in Tel Aviv with Gordon Duff and Richard Perle, Fethullah Gulen and a group of Iranian mullahs drinking Manischevitz (the mullahs and Fethullah Bey are drinking fruit juice), toasting Bernard Lewis and plotting the triumph of Zionism over the entire planet. And you alone spotted the obvious conspiracy and unmasked me, a feat that will save the planet and solve the problem. Well done! May it bring you many new followers. Now, with that badge of honour to wear, can you please set about the business of actually doing something worthwhile to help ameliorate the plight of those oppressed by fanatical Zionists? I am sure your followers would appreciate not having to watch you melt down over me. Time for you to declare victory and plan your next line of attack. And for the benefit of your readers, let me say officially that you have distinguished yourself and shown how clever you are when it comes to spotting deep, evil conspiracies. Mabruk (or should it be “Ma’zel Tov”? I haven’t had time to learn Hebrew yet . Thank God the servants in the bunker speak Farsi and English!)

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

  30. If someone of Gwenyth Todd’s increasingly transparent limited intellectual prowess worked in the office of Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in the first Bush administration, was a Middle East expert for the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, and a top political adviser to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in the Bush administration (an ostensibly illustrious career that appears to have benefited from the sponsorship of what the Christisons wittily dubbed “The Begats“), it’s no wonder that U.S. foreign policy is in such a mess.

    Either she’s confused me with “Osiris,” or she’s trying very hard to avoid answering his simple, but probing, question above…

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  31. No, I had not confused you with Osiris–but you appear to be cut from the same cloth. If you think you can help the Palestinians by attacking fellow advocates, it is no wonder your website has done nothing to ameliorate their situation. I don’t suffer as a result of your vitriolic attacks because I really do not care what others say about me, but then I don’t author a blog/website to stir people up. You do and look what you do with that blog–you attack those who have laid their lives on the line to prevent war . Even your own followers have criticised you on this comment chain for being so “petulant”. Really, I must have upset you a lot to deserve this absurd attack but I cannot fathom why or how. Alas, the only ones who suffer as a result of all this no sense are the victims of fanatical Zionist policies. Such a shame that you see fit to waste your time attacking me when you ostesibly share the same goals as I do. I won’t waste time wondering about your motivations–there is too much to be done to bother with such a ridiculous, fabricated diversion from the actual problem. Keep it coming! At least it might keep you distracted so that others can actually accomplish something without being attacked by you. Seriously, attack away!

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 16, 2013 at 1:24 am

  32. Do you think that Veterans Today — with which you, according to its senior editor, have “long worked” — with its blatant disregard for facts (not to mention its more laughable conspiracy theories) helps the Palestinians and other victims of Zionism?

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 16, 2013 at 4:53 am

  33. I agree that Duff is unreliable and perhaps untrustworthy, but some serious people appear on his site, such as Alan Hart. Are you holding GT responsible for everything on Duff’s site? Things are rarely black and white.

    maoilriain

    February 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

  34. maoilriain,

    I am well aware that some serious people, for a variety of reasons, still appear on Veterans Today. Many others, including this writer, have long since concluded that such sites not only do not serve the cause of truth and justice but do it grave harm.

    As for Gwenyth Todd’s responsibility for what appears there, let us allow her to explain her working relationship with VT.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

  35. I feel distressed. I came here to learn about what seems to be increasingly severe inroads on global control by people/groups/nations who viciously abuse power with no regard for human life. I just watched Untold Truths again, and I was again “relieved” to hear the frightful facts (about which I’ve been educating myself for several years) about AIPAC and the Israeli/U.S. power cabal that are so taboo in the media (given AIPAC/the power cabal’s media stranglehold) stated loudly & clearly. However some aspects about the information confused me. I understand that Maidhc apparently has valid grounds about the credibility of the video, and I see that some of his questions (others were presumably rhetorical) were directed toward the credibility issue but have gone unanswered and perhaps avoided. At the same time, I see that there is an atmosphere here of animosity – which tends (IMHO) to strongly discourage genuine dialogue. I see that on “both sides” there have been nasty comments and inflammatory language. The informative points contended from “both” perspectives often seem unclear or unfocused to me. You people know really a lot concerning issues about which I, perhaps many of us, would really like to be educated. But I still don’t really understand much more than I did initially. I realize that these topics elicit very strong, often hostile, feelings (me, too!!), but couldn’t we drop the accusations and edit out the inflammatory language before we post and thus make reasonable comments that might genuinely lead to an informative dialogue? Please?

    kufa

    February 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  36. I think I have already made clear that I have spoken to every outlet that has approached me politely. What exactly do you mean by working with”? Thus far, I have worked with everyone who has asked nicely, from Press TV to the Washington Post to VT to many others. You are the first to heap insults and vitriol on me, and again I am not sure why you homed in on me. Perhaps because I had never heard of you and you felt slighted? I don’t work for anyone, and my bank account statements will back that up. Imdo work with anyone who does not censor what I say. Various conclusions have been attributed to me on various sites that are not at all what I said, but I don’t have the time to argue or inclination to argue over changing them, since the authors generally mean well and Imtry to look at the bigger picture and ultimate goal, which I think we all share, including you, my dear Maidhc. So if you could climb down off whatever prickly object you seem to be sitting upon and stop obsessing over minutiae, perhaps you can do some good. Or not. Some succeed, some don’t, but at least they try. And before you ask me to criticise and correct statements attributed to me with which I disagree, the answer is a firm “No” because I find that petty niggling over such things distracts everyone from the ultimate goal. I do not care if you think I am an Israeli spy, or a slave of some Internet site or a frustrated housewife, or a wannabe or a horrible person or an idiot or all those things combine. I know what I am and I do not seek out publicity, anymore than I sit around spitting vitriol over the Internet. So once again, keep up the attack because it seems to be all you want to do and it is obviously scratching some itch from which you are suffering, but do not pretend that you are serving the Palestinians or the general public in the process. As far as I am concerned, if this is how you operate, I understand why I have never heard of you until now. You seem to be seeking personal aggrandizement by stepping on the heads of people whom you view as somehow threatening. Look at the snow on your own doorstep, my dear, before sounding the alarm about your neighbour’s apparent failure to shovel. Perhaps doing so would allow you create a framework for peace instead of simply wasting lrecious time and reaources insulting fellow advocates because they overshadow you. At any rate, your diatribe is certainly doing no harm to me, nor I suppose to anyone else, but what exactly do you feel you are accomplishing in terms of helping the Palestinians by your passionate attacks? Do you really think that insulting Press TV and calling me a phony is helping? If so, again, have at it, but I suspect many of your supporters will be alienated by such a myopic and frankly useless approach to this serious problem. I had never heard of you before this and I suspect I will not hear of you beyond this, so whatever you do is fine with me. It just seems sad that you are using a forum that you created and which seems to have some followers, to demonise people about whom you know practically nothing first hand instead of advancing a serious cause. God be with you, regardless.

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  37. Kufa, Your comment was not up when I posted just now. Do not be confused. It is great that you take such an interest and you probably know as much as any of us. I do not presume to have a monopoly on the truth and I simply provide details of my own experiences and my own opinions, whatever they may be.nyone who tells you they have all the answers is either lying or deluded. It is a very complex issue and for me at least, it requires keeping an open mind, adding the few facts that I have gleaned first hand to a bunch of other people’s experiences when asked to do so, and providing my opinion when asked. But my opinion is just that–my opinion and it is worth no more or less than anyone else’s opinion, including Maidhc’s and yours. So do not be concerned if your opinion is that I am lying about my experiences and/or that I have completely misinterpreted the entire problem. Differing opinions are critical to productive discourse. So do not be distressed by the vitriol expressed in this exchange. It strikes me as unfortunate, but it is certainly not what defines Maidhc or me or this website. It is an unfortunate exchange, the sort I studiously avoid normally but, as I said, I was asked by a friend, someone who works for an organisation which has interviewed Maidhc too in the past, to please comment after about 20 increasingly nasty comments were printed about me by people who do not know me. I have to assume that this is an exception to the usual exchanges on this site, or you would not be confused. I don’t mind if Maidhc’s followers reject my views and experiences–that is their right. I know Maidhc is not alone in disparaging me–I have tons of enemies in the US and in Israel, so he is in good company. It does not affect me though, and I hope my answers do not affect you or your dedication to peace. I keep plugging away through my own channels, and I will do my best to avoid this sort of public disagreement by sticking to my rule of not reading or commenting on this sort of website, because clearly it achieves nothing except possibly alienating good people from getting involved in reining in fanatical Israeli policies that affect all of us, not merely the Palestinians. So stick with Maidhc, because at least he takes the time to blog these issues, something I do not do, so you can at least learn about events as well as different perspectives and make your own positive contribution when the opportunity arises.

    Gwenyth Todd

    February 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm

  38. Thank you Gwenyth for your comments. I remain confused without hearing answers, but I certainly appreciate your encouragement. Same back to you.
    Louise

    kufa

    February 17, 2013 at 11:01 pm

  39. I completely missed this G. Todd story when it first came out but having read up on it I get the impression that she is being unfairly treated here. So the issues are:

    1. She was selected for her government position by Richard Perle and worked in the Bush admin. This should raise a red flag for those of us who oppose the israelist agenda but it is not evidence of her being some kind of double agent or even insincere in her statements. She may have evolved. Perle may have made a mistake in hiring her. He is not infallible. Perhaps she was a considered an easily controlled token.

    2. She worked for Veterans Today. Not a reader of this site but so what if she sent some pieces to them? Is Maidhc letting his animosity for the guy who runs VT color his opinion of Ms. Todd? This is guilt by association. This Kevin Barrett guy sounds like a huge liability for our side but we shouldn’t put Todd in his category.

    3. Lowy Institute – so she sent an analysis on Turkey to them. I read it and it is just a straight accounting of the political situation in Turkey; nothing ideological or controversial at all. This again is just guilt by association. Ideological think tanks occasionally solicit work from a naysayer just to appear even-handed, but that isn’t even the case here. If the Saban Center asked you for a piece, wouldn’t you send it? Why the hell not?!

    4. Does Admiral Fallon deserve so much respect that we dismiss Todd’s story as bullshit on his say so? I read the Esquire panegyric to him and wasn’t that impressed. So he isn’t a complete warmonger- that’s good. But I’m not ready to put him on the hero pedestal.

    I’ll put Gwenyth Todd up there instead – she seems genuine and I think it took a lot of courage to do what she did to derail the israelicons in the Bush administration. If only we had more patriots like her.

    Let’s be skeptical about people but not paranoid. Keep your suspicions on the down-low until your really have some solid evidence. Otherwise, you become the liability to your cause.

    Duncan

    March 1, 2013 at 5:44 am

  40. Subscribers to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs can now read my WRMEA special report entitled “The Incredible Tale of Gwenyth Todd and the “Naive” Neocons.”

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    April 13, 2013 at 3:09 am


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