The neocons – aided by their “liberal interventionist” allies and the U.S. mainstream media – are building new “group thinks” on the Middle East and Ukraine with many Americans having forgotten how they were duped into war a dozen years ago, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

Forgetting the Neocon Legacy of Lies

Sadly, the thinking of Establishment Washington is no more refined today that it was on Jan. 8, 2010, when the late Helen Thomas asked then-White House counter-terrorism czar and now CIA Director John Brennan why the “underwear bomber,” who on Dec. 25, 2009, tried to down a U.S. passenger plane, did what he did.

    Thomas: “And what is the motivation? We never hear what you find out on why.”

    Brennan: “Al Qaeda is an organization that is dedicated to murder and wanton slaughter of innocents… They attract individuals like Mr. Abdulmutallab and use them for these types of attacks. He was motivated by a sense of religious sort of drive. Unfortunately, al Qaeda has perverted Islam, and has corrupted the concept of Islam, so that he’s (sic) able to attract these individuals. But al Qaeda has the agenda of destruction and death.”

    Thomas: “And you’re saying it’s because of religion?”

    Brennan: “I’m saying it’s because of an al Qaeda organization that used the banner of religion in a very perverse and corrupt way.”

    Thomas: “Why?”

    Brennan: “I think this is a — long issue, but al Qaeda is just determined to carry out attacks here against the homeland.”

    Thomas: “But you haven’t explained why.”

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President Gerald Ford speaks with the press corps (including Helen Thomas to his left) in 1976. Chief of staff Dick Cheney is at the far left. (Answering Helen Thomas)

Neither has President Obama or anyone else in the U.S. political/media hierarchy. All the American public gets is boilerplate about how al-Qaeda evildoers are perverting a religion and exploiting impressionable young men. There is almost no discussion about why so many people in the Muslim world object to U.S. policies so strongly that they are inclined to resist violently and even resort to suicide attacks.

One day before the bomb threat by Nigerian banker’s son wore the underwear bomb, a US cruise missile struck South Yemen and killed 52 members of the al-Awlaki tribe in a failed attempt to murder U.S. citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki because of his social media voice of hate for America, inspiring Major Hasan in his murderous spree at Fort Hood.