posted on Apr, 2 2006 @ 01:45 PM
Maybe this belongs in one of the conspiracy threads?
INTRODUCTION. The Berlin Wall was taken down in 1989. This was symbolic of the loosening of Soviet control over Eastern Europe. All around, even the
designated leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Baltics, Poland, and so on, were reluctant to either report the truth-on-the-ground to
the Kremlin or to accept directions from the Kremlin.
And we do not give enough credit to Mikhail Gorbachev. Sometimes leaders in deep trouble at home try to foment trouble abroad, to give the public a
point around which to rally. Pres. Gorbachev did not do that. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and I for one think he richly deserved it. His
successor, Boris Yeltsin, continued this very untraditional trait of character for Russian leaders.
On December 21, 1991, the successor to the USSR was formally introduced, the Commonwealth of Independent States. On Christmas Day, 1991, Mikhail
Gorbachev formally resigned his post as President of the Union of Soviet Socialists Republics. As they say, it was all history. The October
Revolution - 23rd of October, 1917, OS - is celebrated on November 7. NS. Seventy-four years, 1 month, 18 days.
Now, Ronald Reagan fans and John Paul 2 fans are each claiming their man “defeated” communism as proclaimed and exported by the USSR. Reagan’s
fans completely discount the historical fact that American presidents from Harry Truman, without fail, opposed the machinations of the rulers in the
Kremlin. The fans of the Pope John Paul II overlook that after he visited Poland in 1979, a full decade passed before the collapse of the communist
government of Poland.
Poland’s communist government made its own first move to liberalize life in Poland in 1956 when it released thousands of imprisoned persons. A
further liberalization - economic this time - occurred in the early 1970s. The Gdansk (old German city of Danzig) labor movement of the late 1970s saw
a pipe fitter, Lech Walesa, find himself the head of government. Badly served by those around him, the movement lost most of its early impetus for
reform and Walesa was a beaten man.
Polish people, perhaps next worst dealt with by history to Jewish people, never lost their religion and ultimately Poland’s own leaders permitted a
greater liberality there than in any other place under the Soviet heel.
ARGUMENT. We heard a lot after the downfall of the USSR as we learned first hand how badly off the country was as a whole and economically and
militarily in particular. Many times well informed people have speculated how our own Central Intelligence Agency could have “gotten it so
wrong?” Instead of posing a danger to the very survival of the United States in particular and the West in general, the USSR was barely able to keep
the gas tanks in the Kremlin’s ZIV fleet filled.
We began to hear the term “command” economy used when talking about the Soviet Union, and when talking about our own marvelous system, the term,
“market” economy and very frequently in association with the word “free.” So it all came down to ‘command’ versus ‘market.’ Hmm? I
didn’t know that.
It seems the CIA had consistently - since its inception in 1947 - and until caught by surprise either in 1989 or 1991 or both, misread the potentials
of the USSR. About a half century. More or less. Not good for a multi-billion dollar agency employing a secret number but estimated to be close to
20,000. Mossad has less than 1,000 and MI6, fewer than 3,000. Maybe that is our problem, too many employees?
I cannot grant the CIA missed the obvious for so long. I suspect there were proper but secret briefings - eyes and ears only - for the succession of
rather smart men who made it to the top of our system, and then, a second, quasi secret report that was frequently and conveniently “leaked” as
domestic politics dictated. Don’t forget there are 6 House and 6 Senators who supposedly oversee the budget and internal affairs of the CIA. A
re-run of the Lee Marvin 'Dirty Dozen?'
ASIDE. Sometimes I do wonder. The US was once said to have 20 human assets on the ground - spies - in Moscow. Over a 7-8 years period, Aldrich Ames -
No. 6 in the CIA hierarchy - gave up every one of those agents! All of them were tortured, half of them summarily executed and the remainder
imprisoned. Yet it was not the Internal Security Section of the CIA that caught him. That sweet tidbit of espionage and counter espionage remained for
a defecting KGB agent to disclose. Hmm? Who “sleeps” the soundest, the internal security boys at the CIA or the FBI spy-catchers?
Q. Did the CIA miss it all, or did the CIA mislead us?
[edit on 4/2/2006 by donwhite]