High-Level American Intelligence and Counterterror Officials: Islamic Terror Is Motivated by U.S. Support for Tyrants in the Middle East and U.S. Support for Israel

“Only a Fool Wouldn’t Know that Our Relationship with Israel Causes Us War with Muslims”

In the classic 6th Century B.C. Chinese military strategy treatise – The Art of War -the brilliant military commander Sun Tzu wrote:

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

In other words, knowing your enemy is key to destroying them.

Former high-level CIA officer Michael Scheuer – a 22-year CIA veteran who was the head of the CIA unit tasked with capturing or killing Bin Laden, the Chief of the Sunni Militant Unit, and served in both the Directorate of Intelligence and the Directorate of Operations (and Georgetown University professor at the Center for Security Studies) – had to know his jihadi enemies in order to track and defeat them.

Scheuer testified to the House Homeland Security Committee on October 9, 2013 on the real causes of Islamic jihad:

Scheuer told the committee:

Our allies in the middle east are mostly totalitarian, sir. And they have been for 50 years.

He noted:

Only a fool wouldn’t know that our relationship with Israel causes us war with Muslims.

And he ranked the causes of Islamic jihad against the United States:

CONGRESSMAN STEWART: I would like you to explain very quickly if you can what you think the primary motivators are for Islamic jihadism?

SCHEUER: First, our support for the Israelis.

STEWART: Okay, that is your number—-

SCHEUER: No, there are six.

STEWART: Okay. Put them in order if you could.

SCHEUER: Our support for tyranny for over 50 years in the Muslim world, okay.

As a trigger, our presence on the Arab peninsula.

Third, I would put the Israelis rising.

Fourth, our ability for a long time to get oil at prices that were very much below the market level.

Fifth, our presence, military presence in other countries in the Muslim world.

Sixth, our abiding willingness to identify as terrorists any Muslim population that one of our allies dislikes, whether it is the Russians or the Chinese.

Those six things, sir.

STEWART: It is astounding to me that you don’t put in the top six what I know to be true, and that is they are motivated–many of them are motivated by their absolute hatred of the United States and what we represent, whether it is freedom, whether it is democracy, whether it is women’s rights.
There are many of them who are absolutely motivated by that.  I know that. I have talked with them.

SCHEUER: They hate them, sir.

STEWART: I can’t imagine that you would not put that in somewhere—-

SCHEUER: They are not going to die for that, sir.

STEWART: Oh, they absolutely have.

SCHEUER: They have not, sir. This war is not–they wouldn’t have anything we have in this country ….

STEWART: Professor, you are turning a blind eye to history for you to say that they will not die for that.

SCHEUER: Bullshit, sir…. The reality is no one has blown themselves up because this young lady is in this place.

Indeed, the U.S. has inserted itself into the middle of a Muslim religious war by backing the brutal regimes in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

Scheuer – as a patriotic American – says that the U.S. can choose to back the Saudis, Israelis and other unpopular regimes in the Middle East if it wants.  But the people should be informed of this trade-off, and we have to understand that there will be tremendous costs – including monetary costs and future terrorist attacks – if we do so.

Similarly, Ray McGovern – a 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their vice presidents, secretaries of state, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior government officials – wrote in 2012:

The drafters of [the 9/11 Commission] report apparently went as far as their masters would allow, in gingerly introducing a major elephant into the room: “America’s policy choices have consequences. Right or wrong, it is simply a fact that American policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and American actions in Iraq are dominant staples of popular commentary across the Arab and Muslim world.” (p. 376)

When asked later about the flabby way that last sentence ended, former Rep. Lee Hamilton, Vice-Chair of the 9/11 Commission, explained that there had been a Donnybrook over whether that paragraph could be included at all.

The drafters also squeezed in the reason given by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as to why he “masterminded” the attacks on 9/11: “By his own account, KSM’s animus toward the United States stemmed … from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.”

Would you believe that former Vice President Dick Cheney has also pointed to U.S. support for Israel as one of the “true sources of resentment”? This unique piece of honesty crept into his speech to the American Enterprise Institute on May 21, 2009.


People in the Middle East already know how Palestinians have been mistreated for decades; how Washington has propped up Arab dictatorships; how Muslims have been locked away at Guantanamo without charges; how the U.S. military has killed civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere; how U.S. mercenaries have escaped punishment for slaughtering innocents.

The purpose of U.S. “public diplomacy” appears more designed to shield Americans from this unpleasant reality, offering instead feel-good palliatives about the beneficence of U.S. actions. Most American journalists and politicians go along with the charade out of fear that otherwise they would be accused of lacking patriotism or sympathizing with “the enemy.”

Commentators who are neither naïve nor afraid are simply shut out of the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM).


Greenwald recently called attention to a little-noticed Associated Press report on the possible motives of the 23-year-old Nigerian Abdulmutallab. The report quoted his Yemeni friends to the effect that the he was “not overtly extremist.” But they noted that he was open about his sympathies toward the Palestinians and his anger over Israel’s actions in Gaza. (Emphasis added)


I continue to be amazed at how otherwise informed folks express total surprise when I refer them to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s statement about his motivation for attacking the United States, as cited on page 147 of the 9/11 Commission Report: “By his own account, KSM’s animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experience there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.”


An unusually candid view of the dangers accruing from the U.S. identification with Israel’s policies appeared five years ago in an unclassified study published by the Pentagon-appointed U.S. Defense Science Board on Sept. 23, 2004. Contradicting President George W. Bush, the board stated:

“Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,’ but rather, they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the longstanding, even increasing support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the Gulf States.

“Thus, when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy.”


When the Saudi and Yemeni branches of al Qaeda announced that they were uniting into “al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula,” their combined rhetoric railed against the Israeli attack on Gaza.

And former FBI director Robert Mueller just agreed:

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller warned that the current violence in Gaza will inflame anti-U.S. sentiment in the region and exacerbate an increasingly dangerous terror threat to the U.S.

“We cannot forget that what’s happening in Gaza today will feed and fuel the desire for many more to join radical groups” …. “You may well see as a result of what’s happening between Israel and Hamas in Gaza an increase in the months ahead of those that are willing to go and join such groups.”

This entry was posted in Politics / World News. Bookmark the permalink.
  • jadan

    The public doesn’t hear voices of intelligent men like Scheuer. The opinions of fools like King and Stewart dominate public discourse. The stupidity of George Bush lives on….and on…..and on…..

  • Thanks for the coverage.

  • Quiet, we do not want to wake the Sheeple’s with truth now!

    Jul 26, 2014 British MP Stands up for #Gaza 100,000 show up

    In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to British MP Jeremy Corbyn about the current situation in Gaza and how to deal with Israel.


  • 5 dancing shlomos

    pretty sure lots of these jihadi “enemies” are on our payroll and training directly/indirectly.
    the honest ones who arent our proxies are jihadis because we create, support the other jihadis.
    plus we bomb the hell out of muslim countries overthrowing their govts, creating chaos, misery and we create lots of deaths
    all for amurderka’s master: jewry/israel.

    • Must read it in the US military-weapon industry-banking industry. This complex requires war by priory. Its business and money after all. Whenever there is a flourishing war, its said that the shares of their weapon industries goes sky high.

  • fr0thing

    Blaming everyone else for your prejudice – that’s what leftists do. None of his reasons explain why Muslims are killing each other – so what is it? Is it something inherent in Muslim theology? Stop the blame game.

    • Khwarizmi

      The Chosen Ones of the Master Race of Shylock are killing Muslims for fun & profit, then they blame the victims—like they did when they repeatedly attacked the unarmed U.S.S. Liberty.
      “Chosen Ones” = vanity and racism as a way of life.

      • Both of you seemingly engaging in the same job in reverse, blame and counter blame.

  • depressionbaby

    Your anti Semitism will be judged by God Almighty. Regarding Israel God said: Ge 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. You are listening to an Israeli hater posing as an “expert.”

    • Charlie

      “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose”—William Shakespeare. What religion were the moneylenders who Jesus chased out of the temple? What is Revelation 3:9 saying about the “Synagogue of Satan?” Genesis 12:3 does not give a group carte blanche to treat Palestinians the same way the Romans treated the Hebrews. I know your kind well—the kind who, while hollering about being Christian, will ALWAYS side with the Old Testament, in all situations in which it is not in agreement with the New Testament, such as Genesis 17 versus Titus One. I am not a child abuser, therefore I agree with Titus One. FYI our family bought all our shoes from a Jewish owned store for almost 20 years, and I have stated high praise for a Jewish diamond dealer on the web. I will not however accept any notion of favoritism, condemned by the New Testament as “respect of persons.”

    • lasbotellas

      Quoting the bible is almost as relevant as quoting the Articles of Confederation.

  • I am middle of the road and all this is … more prapaganda and nothing to prove sh-t. I can honestly say this .. if you shelled my home first I would make some worry . israel has promised they will not be bullied by anyone again. I back Israel.

  • Travis Zly

    The narrative that the US is to blame for all Islamist terrorism, is one theory of many, that have been penned to explain the phenomenon of Jihadism against Arab despots and Israel and the West . The Whitehouse is advised by young postgrad students from Ivy League universities who have learnt their history from their faculty heads. Faculties are endowed by various political and business interests. Professors are employed by the governing boards of their colleges to publish original research. The various conspiracy theories need to be tailored to suit the views of their political sponsors, in many cases the Liberal Left (as opposed to the Neo Conservative Right).
    My personal opinion is that Classical Islam has been hijacked by secularists in order to gain personal political power. Classical Islam has been replaced by pseudo-Islamic political ideologies, such as the construct called “Sharia Law”. Sharia Law is a human construct which has been developed to justify men taking power into their own hands, and ignoring the injunctions of the Qura’an.
    The most telling evidence of this act of blasphemy by the perverters of Islam is that they have completely redacted the Second Book of the Qura’an, called Surat Al-Baqarah. In Shurat Al-Baqarah, Allah (Most Gracious, Most Merciful) addresses the Children of Israel and reminds them of the special Covenant He bestowed upon the Israelites.
    In Shurat Al-Baqarah, Allah (Most Gracious, Most Merciful) warns those who deceive themselves. In verse 11, it reads: ‘When it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth.” They say: “We are the only ones that put things right.” ‘
    Surat Al-Baqarah, verse 62, reads: ‘Those who believe in the Qura’an and those who follow the Jewish scriptures, and the Christians and the Sabians, – Any who believe in Allah (Most Gracious, Most Merciful) and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.’
    People have put their faith in the interpretations scholars. It is necessary for every man and woman to go back to the source of Truth, the Scriptures, and make up their own minds.

    • Well, while taking your words for acceptance, “How do you justify these Islamists’ incessant violent wars all over in the name of your Most Gracious, Most Merciful Lord who is so ungracious and unmerciful against the “OTHERS”, as his believers think. This, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to spare their own Muslim umma too. Nobody reads the BOOK before committing such acts but the practice is frightening. How do you console the victims of these violent jihadis like ISI, ISIS, Al Qaedas, Talibanis, only a few to name. You seem to be only one of millions of your apologists who want us to believe you but you never act against your own brute jihadis to stop their brutalities and atrocities on kafirs, dhimmis.

  • Teresa Rincon

    My sister was killed in the Madrid terrorist attack over 10 years ago. I DARE ANYONE to tell me what support for Israel had to do with that, as Spain has always been pro-Palestinian.

  • dan

    This guy Scheuer is versed in BS. There’s no such thing as an EX-CIA agent. Rumor has it that the whole Bin laden capture was a fake. A professor at JESUIT Georgetown U. This whole fabricated testifying to the Nazi (Marcus Wolfe) Homeland Security Committee is a joke. What’s the real story here?

  • The CIA’s Intervention in Afghanistan Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998

    Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

    Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.


    • I have read this testimony by Brzezinski. This is the fact. US played a dirty trick and got away with but only with a precious dirty blowback of Islamist extremist terrorism that US is now fighting defending herself from those brutes and monsters. ISIS is yet only one continued saga in that chain.

  • The exact cause of Islamic terrorism against US must lie within the US courtyard itself, since it’s US initially trained them to use against USSR in the Cold War era mostly starting actively from 1979 summer from Afghanistan to disrupt USSR. They succeeded in their attempt and USSR broke but at a premium to US also. Now its blowback effects are resounding in US after their blue eyed baby Osama bin Laden turned hostile and result was 9/11. Ever since then, US is maddeningly engaged in war in Muslim world. Rightly or wrongly or perhaps both, Muslims are aggrieved against US for incessant violence against them. Its said that their angst against US stems from their unilateral support for Israel but it seems hollow as Muslims are at war against all at global level, since violent jihad is subscribed by their Holy BOOK. My personal feeling on the Islamist violent jihadi wars will continue globally because Quran decrees them a global Islamic caliphate. This notion is not just a notion but a factual reality, like it or not. Hence Islam without a global mission of Islamic Caliphate is unthinkable, so is their atrocious war. Only fact is that with passage of time, its only going to get worst.