Usually for the 9/11 event that occurred September 11, 2001 bringing down the Twin Towers in New York City, I write about books that have uncovered the shady happenings behind the scenes. For my novel research, I read American Commander: Serving A Country Worth Fighting For And Training The Brave Soldiers Who Lead The Way by Ryan Zinke SEAL Team Commander and the only (now first) U.S. Navy SEAL in Congress and Coauthor Scott McEwen. So that it’s not one sided here, I thought I’d share a military person’s point of view of what happened after the attack on U.S. soil.
The book starts out before 9/11.
In the prologue, Commander Zinke recounts his time in Kosovo. It’s a reminder of how horrible it was during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995. Twenty to forty thousand Bosnian Muslim women were raped. The International Criminal Tribunal called it “genocidal rape.” The leader of the Bosnian Serbs, Radovan Karadzic, had weapons caches in small, easy-access towns to drugs, military equipment, and human trafficking.
Right away Zinke gets into why I read the book—the mindset of a SEAL. He explains what it takes to plan a mission. It isn’t just the U.S. Navy SEALs who go on the missions. In this case, they also worked with the army’s elite counterpart and with Special Forces—the U.S. Navy’s elite special warfare operators. Zinke recounts SEALs and foreign military forces conducting reconnaissance missions, search-and-rescue missions for downed pilots, intelligence-gathering operations, and Personal Security Detachment (PSD) missions that escorted and protected American and NATO leadership.
I found it interesting that it was President John F. Kennedy who established the SEALs in 1962.
In 1987, Zinke was assigned to SEAL Team One in Coronado, California. Around that time, he recalls seeing the movie The Untouchables starring Kevin Costner as Prohibition-era treasury agent Eliot Ness. Ness’ assignment was to bring down crime kingpin Al Capone. The bootlegger-extortionist-murderer was too smart to get caught, so the government looked at his accounting practices. Capone was sentenced to eleven years for tax evasion.
Capone was the moral counterpart in Iraq, a cleric by the name of Muqtada al-Sadr. Zinke goes on to question the cleric’s morality saying he makes a mockery of the word “religious” by spreading hate and lies like “The United States is targeting Islam, the Muslim and Arab states in the Middle East and beyond. It wants to control the world.” Sadr was Iran’s chief surrogate and operations officer in Iraq. (I do have to point out that back home in the U.S. the mainstream media news was using the words Muslim and Islam in a derogatory manner. But I wouldn’t exactly say it was the United States spreading the lies and hate. What Americans hear on the mainstream news and media is from corporations. And who owns those corporations? Or rather who controls the CEOs of the media? They are not always American. What I learned from studying 9/11 is that some involved had a dual citizenship. Also, a person or persons can hide behind a corporation and it seems act under their own sovereignty. I can’t find the exact law and information I want to share, but I’m pretty sure I heard it from Sarah Westall years ago much more eloquently. So here is a link to SarahWestall.com for some current information on corporations.)
With details of reconnaissance and surveillance they found Sadr’s accountant and go on a mission. Most of the missions are so well-planned that when “the guy” is grabbed it can happen in a minute. The SEAL team drove from the Baghdad International Airport about eighty miles south to a location between Karbala and Hillah. They breached the gate and house and secured the compound. Within minutes, the operators secured all floors and family. Everything needed was tagged and bagged like computers, records, and weapons. The accountant, his family, and the books and computers were taken. The Quick Reaction Force ensured the route back to the base. In less than an hour, the team had finished the sweep and gone. Sometimes it’s a matter of jumping out of a Humvee and doing the “grab” of “the guy” with his keys in his car. It’s the element of surprise.
With the “grab” of the accountant, they saw a rise in insurgent activity all over Iraq in 2004. It became easier to see and target Muqtada al-Sadr’s Shia militia and the Sunni insurgents.
Zinke explains at first, they didn’t realize they weren’t dealing with one country against the other. In Iraq, patronage and loyalty goes like this: immediate family first, then tribe, then faith, and finally country. He said it is a low-trust society. He explains why there is fighting between Shiites and Sunnis.
In the seventh century AD, the prophet Mohammad died and his friend and acolyte Abu Bakr as-Siddiq became caliph, the leader of Islam instead of his cousin and son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib. Abu’s supporters were the Sunnis and Ali’s supporters were the Shiites. Going back—Saddam was a Sunni and didn’t think of Shiites as “humans” or “Iraqis” Zinke says.
And if you really want to know how horrible it was in Iraq, Zinke talks about the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004, which isn’t far from Baghdad. It meant torture to men, women, children, and animals (sometimes family pets). Once you were there, you would never get out of the walls within walls. He says, “the prison at Abu Ghraib is a stain on all of humankind. It’s a cautionary tale of what happens when leadership lacks a moral compass and a population becomes so terrified, so submissive, that it becomes indirectly complicit in the process.”
He’s not blaming the Iraqi people. But he notes how Nazi Germany is an example of how the government can crush its population with an iron heel. Zinke warns his fellow American to be vigilant. He says this is why he went to Washington—“To make sure that the voices of the people are heard and to fight for those voices with the same absolute conviction that I fought in Iraq. When federal institutions—whether a president or an Internal Revenue Service or a Department of Justice, as we have recently seen—begin to act unilaterally, by fiat, treating our precious Constitution as if its words were merely suggestions, it’s time to vote out the leaders or those institutions.”
“The Iraqi people did not have that option or that opportunity. Abu Ghraib was the Infamous result.”
Since this is a post for 9/11, I would say we were dragged into this war with deceit, which I explain in previous posts. There is so much confusion surrounding the attacks on the Twin Towers, Building 7, and the Pentagon. Joseph P. Farrell points out there was a third group involved when someone phoned the White House with code words.
In one of the last chapters of American Commander, Zinke talks about the killing of Osama bin Laden. I agree with Zinke there was too much media on the SEALs. And it does seem odd to give so much coverage to the SEALs when what they do is meant to be in secret. There was the rumor that Osama bin Laden had already been killed. Of course, I’m not saying the SEALs knew that. They are busy doing their job.
As a side note, Osama bin Laden was friends with the Bush’s according to Farrell in his book Hidden Finance, Rogue Networks, and Secret Sorcery: The Fascist International, 9/11, and Penetrated Operations by Joseph P. Farrell.
I had my 9/11 post written months ago. It’s important to study currents events in order to see the patterns. On August 8, 2023, fires broke out in Lahaina, Maui and decimated the small town. What happened was not natural. Police Chief Pelletier said the fire burned a mile a minute. And a few are saying directed energy weapons (DEW) were used. What kind of fire melts metal? 9/11 taught us about melting points. And some believe through their research that DEWs were used on the Twin Towers. I’m not saying the same people were involved in these acts of war, but perhaps studying the facts can lead us to the technology and the few who have access to that technology. And I don’t know, were the Lahaina Fires an act of war? I can only go down the rabbit hole to find out.
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