The Power of Nightmares — Background
Here is a brief transcript I made of a section in the first of the monumental tour de force by Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares (BBC, now on Google videos), "Baby, It's Cold Outside". This section starts at (min/sec).
(Narrator): But to do this, the
Neoconservatives would have to defeat one of the most powerful men in the world. Henry Kissinger was the Secretary of State
under President Nixon. And he didn't
believe in a world of good and evil. What
drove Kissinger was a ruthless pragmatic vision of power in the world. With
(Henry Kissinger, interviewed in 1975): "I believe that, with all the dislocations we now experience, there also exists an extraordinary opportunity to form for the first time in history a truly global society carried up by the principle of interdependence. And if we act wisely, and with vision, I think we can look back to all this turmoil, as the birth pangs of a more creative and better system.
(Narrator): Kissinger had begun this process in 1972,
when he persuaded the
(Nixon): "Last Friday, in
(Narrator): "But a world
without fear was not what the Neo-Conservatives needed to pursue their
project. They now set out to destroy
Henry Kissinger's vision [ie., of détente]. What gave them their opportunity was the
growing collapse of American political power, both at home and abroad. The defeat in
"Rumsfeld began to make speeches,
alleging that the Soviets were ignoring Kissinger's treaties, and secretly
building up their weapons, with the intention of attacking
(Rumsfeld to press conference): "The
"[bold smirk] Year after year after year they've been demonstrating that they have steadiness of purpose, that they're purposeful about what they're doing. Now, your question is, 'What — what ought one to be doing about that?'"
(Narrator — spacey music, footage
of satellites drifting lazily over a Google-earth-style picture of a coastline
at night, with wharves): "The
CIA and other agencies who watched the Soviet Union continuously for any sign
of threat, said that this was a complete fiction. There was no truth to Rumsfeld's allegations. But Rumsfeld used his influence to persuade
President Ford to set up an independent inquiry. He said it would prove that there was a
hidden threat to
(Melvin Goodman — Head of Office of
Soviet Affairs, CIA, 1976-87): "Rumsfeld won that very intense and
<i>tense</i> political battle that was waged in 1975 and 1976. Now as part of that battle, Rumsfeld and
others, such as Paul Wolfowitz, wanted to get into the CIA. And the mission was, to create a much more
severe view of the
(Narrator): "The Neo-Conservatives chose a
well-known critic and historian of the
Please take the opportunity to view this fantastic and rivetting piece of video scholarship.
Suffice to say, Team B was wrong, and the CIA was
Most of this is well covered in this piece called Team B: The Trillion Dollar Experiment, by Dr. Anne Hessing Cahn, who is interviewed in this first of the three videos. This article was on the web for years, but has since been taken down. I have written to the rights holders requesting permission to post it — I trust they will not be offended in the meantime, as all the original copyrights are still in place. I'm still waiting to hear from them.
The obvious comment is, "Isn't that exactly what they did at the Office of Special Plans in Doug Feiths office, dig through the trash at the CIA and come up with entirely fictional WMDs to justify massive expenditures into the military-industrial complex and outrageous loss of life and world political structure?" Answer: Um, yup.