More Dual Loyalties


“A Rose by Any Other Name: The Bush Administration’s Dual Loyalties”, by Kathleen and Bill Christison, named some members of President Bush’s administration who have worked for Israeli leaders and some of the links between American and Israeli media and think tanks (Counter Punch, December 13, 2002, and Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, March 2003, ). The authors noted a few neoconservatives, other than John Bolton and David Wurmser, have made inroads at the State Department.  The best example of the struggle in the Bush administration over dual loyalties, not mentioned in the article, is the struggle between those who support and oppose an Iranian Marxist terrorist organization (as classified by the State Department) with an army and tanks in Iraq.  In the September 12, 2002 background paper for President Bush’s remarks at the United Nations General Assembly, “A Decade of Deception and Defiance”, the White House named Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK or MKO) as one of three terrorist organizations supported by Saddam Hussein.   Al-Qaeda was not on this list.  While the American media have reported that more than 200 members of Congress (Democrats and Republicans) have signed letters of support for this Marxist terrorist organization (with a registered office in the National Press Building in Washington, D.C.), where are the American media reports of the American military operating near the National Liberation Army of Iran camps in Iraq?  If the neoconservatives support the Marxist terrorist organization named in the White House’s background paper, then the neoconservatives are neither conservatives nor Republicans.  The term “dual loyalties” is much too polite for use in discussing anyone claiming to be a conservative or a Republican who supports Marxist terrorist organizations anywhere in the world.


Paul Sheldon Foote


California State University, Fullerton, PO Box 6848, Fullerton, CA 92834-6848 USA, (714) 278-2682.


Published:  Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Volume XXII, Number 4, May 2003, page 94.