The New York Times has a profile of Bruce Riedel, a 30 year veteran of the CIA, who is now a top Obama adviser on SouthEast Asia:
BRUCE RIEDEL was a 28-year-old Middle East analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency on Oct. 6, 1981, the day a band of gunmen assassinated President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt during a military parade in Cairo.
Within hours of the attack, Mr. Riedel was summoned to the agency’s seventh floor to brief William J. Casey, the irascible C.I.A. director. Over the next several months, he began compiling a dossier about the attack — what he calls the “birth of the globaljihad” — and about the emergence of a cerebral Egyptian physician named Ayman al-Zawahri.
I couldn’t help but notice how the Angry Arab has another baseless attack on Reidel on his blog:
You should read this tributeto Zionist Middle East expert, Bruce Riedel. You read it and get the misconception that this guy really knows what he is talking about. Let me help you here. In the mid-1990s, when he was the Middle East expert at Clinton’s National Security Council, he gave an interview to DanielPipes’ journal, Middle East Quarterly, in which he argued that there is no evidence that the Arab public is displeased with the US-imposed sanctions on Iraq.
Again, Assad Abu Khalil (the Angry Arab) repeats the same stupid statement over and over. As if one 15 year old statement , which has nothing to do with Israel-Palestine, qualifies someone as a “Zionist Middle East expert.” He has repeated the same accusation at least 4 or 5 times on his blog before but I can say with 100% personal certainty that Reidel is a Middle East expert. Anything that Assad Abu Khalil says about US government should be taken with a grain of salt because he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
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