By Michael Collins
.The behind-the-scenes connections of the new
conservative icon in the 2012 Republican presidential
primary campaign — former Sen. Rick
Santorum (R-Penn.) — explain why Santorum
is such a fanatical warmonger and promoter of the interests
of Israel. Washington Post columnist Eugene
Robinson summarized it well, writing on Jan. 7:
With the exception of Ron Paul, the Republican
candidates have competed to see who can be most
hawkish on Iran’s nuclear program. Santorum wins,
hands down. He has said flatly that, unless Iran
agrees to open its nuclear facilities to inspection
and begins to dismantle them, as president he
would order military strikes. In fact, Iran is already
under nuclear inspection, but Santorum seems not
to care. He has said he believes an attack by Israel
or the United States is probably inevitable.
Santorum — who gave a speech in Washington in 2007,
in which he openly spoke of the need to “eradicate” Muslims
in a “long war” — has also claimed there is no such
people as “Palestinians,” echoing an outrageous lie more
prominently told by his GOP challenger Newt Gingrich.
Not surprisingly, over the past several years, Santorum’s
principal political activity has been acting as the
official in-house “Muslim basher” and advocate for Israel
at the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy
Center, further pandering to those elements that provided
him a great deal of funding through pro-Israeli political
action committees during the 12 years he served
in the Senate.
Although both Mitt Romney and Gingrich have surrounded
themselves with — and have been funded by —
hard-line supporters of Israel, Santorum has some very
unsavory connections in that same realm.
One of Santorum’s longtime political intimates is Barbara
Ledeen, who is associated with a propaganda organization
known as the Israel Project. And it is no
coincidence that Mrs. Ledeen’s husband, Michael
Ledeen, is one of the most notorious longtime operatives
engaged in high-level intrigues in Washington and around
the globe on behalf of that foreign nation.
Remembered for his role in the infamous Iran-Contra
affair during the Reagan years — an arms-smuggling venture
in which Israel played a central role — Ledeen popped
up once again during the George W. Bush administration
where he was, according to former CIA officer Philip Giraldi,
one of the key figures promoting the propaganda
myth that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had obtained nuclear
material (known as “yellowcake”) from Niger.
Ledeen has also been linked to the shadowy Rome based
Propaganda Due organization, a high-powered Masonic
lodge long active in subversive activities throughout
Italy and Europe during the 1970s and 1980s.
Most indicative of Ledeen’s tendencies is his role as
one of the founders of the Jewish Institute for National
Security Affairs, a Washington-based operation whose associates
have been repeatedly linked — in the course of
multiple FBI investigations — to corruption and espionage
on behalf of Israel. Such figures include neo-con
lobbyist for Israeli arms dealers, Richard Perle, and his
protégé, the late Stephen J. Bryen, and former Defense
Department officials Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith.
During that period when there was a fierce debate
within the Israeli lobby as to whether the United States
should first target Iraq or Iran, Ledeen was a leader of
the “Iran first” faction. And while today Ledeen ostensibly
warns of the dangers of engaging Iran militarily, he
does say that it ultimately may become necessary.
Like Santorum’s urging that the United States “eradicate”
the Muslims, Ledeen has called for “creative destruction”
of the Arab world. Such violence, he claims, is“entirely in keeping with . . . American tradition.”
AFP first pointed out in 2003 — and reiterated in its
Jan. 16 issue — that Santorumis such a hard-core devotee
of the Israeli lobby agenda that he actually conspired with
the lobby to introduce legislation to curtail criticism of
Israel on American college campuses by cutting federal
funds to universities found to be permitting professors
and students to openly criticize Israel. AFP’s expose of
Santorum was pivotal in killing that plan — for now.
. . ..
Michael Collins Piper is the author of Final
, the controversial
“underground bestseller” documenting
the collaboration of Israeli intelligence in
the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is
also the author of The New Babylon
High Priests of War
New Jerusalem: Zionist Power in America
Judas Goats: The Enemy Within
Secrets: Crime, Conspiracy & Cover-Up in
the 20th Century,
GOLEM: Israel's Hell Bomb
These works can
be found at America
He has lectured
on suppressed topics in places as diverse as
Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Russia and Abu Dhabi.
(Issue Number 4, January 23, 2012,