Gen. Hugh Shelton: Clinton Official Suggested Letting U.S. Plane Be Shot Down To Provoke War With Iraq

Huffington Post Reporting

In the publicity sheet that St. Martin's Press has been sending out to spur interest in General Hugh Shelton's new memoir, Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, the last highlight is a doozy: "A high-ranking cabinet member suggests intentionally flying an American airplane on a low pass over Baghdad so as to guarantee it will be shot down, thus creating a natural excuse to reltaliate and go to war."

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Clinton Cabinet

Turns out the incident took place during the Clinton administration, and Shelton's response to the suggestion...well, let's just say it more than lives up to the title of the memoir.

Over at Salon's War Room, Justin Elliott has the specifics.

Shelton sets the scene at a "small, weekly White House breakfast" that served as regular "informal" meetings that "encouraged brainstorming of potential options on a variety of issues."

At one of my very first breakfasts, while Berger and Cohen were engaged in a sidebar discussion down at one end of the table and Tenet and Richardson were preoccupied in another, one of the Cabinet members present leaned over to me and said, "Hugh, I know I shouldn't even be asking you this, but what we really need in order to go in and take out Saddam is a precipitous event -- something that would make us look good in the eyes of the world. Could you have one of our U-2s fly low enough -- and slow enough -- so as to guarantee that Saddam could shoot it down?"

The hair on the back of my neck bristled, my teeth clenched, and my fists tightened. I was so mad I was about to explode. I looked across the table, thinking about the pilot in the U-2 and responded, "Of course we can ..." which prompted a big smile on the official's face.

"You can?" was the excited reply.

"Why, of course we can," I countered. "Just as soon as we get your ass qualified to fly it, I will have it flown just as low and slow as you want to go."

Readers aren't told explicitly who had this particular brainstorm, but Shelton gives you some clues. The breakfasts, he says, were attended by NSA Sandy Berger, Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, CIA Director George Tenet, Vice President Chief of Staff Leon Firth, and U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson. If you eliminate Berger, Cohen, Tenet, and Richardson and look at the Cabinet members that remain, you're sort of left where Elliott is: with Madeleine Albright.

Of course, as Jonathan Schwarz points out, this would hardly be the first or only time this sort of plan was discussed. Here's a New York Times article from 2006 on the build up to the 2003 Bush-led invasion of Iraq:

During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, [Bush] made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair's top foreign policy adviser...

"The U.S. was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in U.N. colours," the memo says, attributing the idea to Mr. Bush. "If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach."

Clinton aide's idea: Let Iraq shoot down U.S. plane [War Room]

Justin Elliott is a Salon reporter. Reach him by email at


Does this explain FAUXNEWS opening up the 9/11 infodoor?

Its my view that ultimately, we will be able to tie-in the Clinton-Gore Administration with the attacks on 9/11.

How can it be otherwise since the Pentagon and Intel are runing the show anyway?

The first outward clue to me was that Sandy Berger got caught [yeah, right?] pilfering, or doing something illegal with some Clinton-Gore records kept in the National Archives. This may be a distraction-red herring deal...but it appears that SOMETHING had to be done IN there...and I suspect that it had to do with Clinton-Gore fingerprints on 9/11...or...a distractionary action to make us think that.

Anyway, you wanna know what MY DREAM SCENARIO might be?

That we get FAUXNEWS pitted against all the other corporate news behemoths in arguing about WHO is responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

To me, all of what is happening right now are signs that THE MAN...has accepted the TRUTH that they can no longer keep the "9/11 Truth Genie" in their bottles...and now are scrambling to both cover their complicities...and to make $$$$$ airing the STORY OF THE CENTURY.

At the very least this information coming out in these various media outlets will soften the hard landing of the 9/11 Truth Deniers out there.

Stay tuned gang...this could get very, very interesting.

What an amazing time to be alive...and to be seeking the TRUTH! YES!

9/11 Truth for World Peace and Justice

Robin hordon
Kingston, WA

It's a long chain back ...

Obama--Bush--Clinton--Bush--Reagan ...

Seems like maybe Reagan's the one who let the neocon CIA in the back door because he just wasn't that interested in actually thinking for himself. Was Carter the last sincere US President?

But you're right Robin, 9/11 Truth would be a ratings bonanza. Years of hearings and analysis. Heck maybe there's some cub reporters working fervishly as we speak trying to connect the dots and "break" the story. The new Woodward & Bernstein.

It's fascinating to watch it unfold and scary as hell to imagine where it all leads.

The really nice thing... that we are pretty damn well ready to answer allotta questions and inform the masses about the LIES about the 9/11/2001 attacks that have been spread about the PLANET by the HI PERPS representing the good ole USofA THUGGERY.

Even establishing the very list of the HI PERPS will be a fascinating BLAST...because ALL these profiteering thugs take steam baths and golf together...

If we ever DO get to this stage, there will be a conjunction of ALL the frustrated citizens of the world because they will be able to ID those responsible for what ills we suffer in ALL regions of the planet. why I constantly state:

9/11 Truth for World Peace and Justice...

And once one understands that we really need to "make peace" with our earth's environment [which is certainly my personal view], then the above and below noted "concept" really begins to make some solid sense.

9/11 Truth for World Peace and Justice

Robin Hordon
Kingston, WA

We agree on something very important............

......................that ultimately it is the environment that 9/11 truthers are working to protect, even if they don't realize it.

I am not into 9/11 truth to "get" Bush or Cheney or anyone else. I don't care one bit if they ever stand trial and suffer.

What I am interested in exposing the ease with which the corporate international elites, via a thoroughly corrupt and paid for msm and alternative media, brainwash Americans and much of the world into believing anything they say.
And most of what they say and do is working to ensure that their rape and pillage of our earthly treasures will go unhindered. They have TOTAL control over the minds of most humans on earth, via the press.
And 9/11 is the best example of this. And it is the easiest to prove.
And, in the meantime, millions of innocent humans are destroyed because of their constant quest for resources and markets, criminally planned and executed.
We have a monster on our that controls our minds. A science fiction thriller couldn't come up with something more demonic.

We have one weapon that I can see to combat this monster: 9/11.


Though the Huffington Post will print such a witnessed account of a false flag proposal under the Clinton White House, and at other times note fraudulent elections in 2000 to (s)elect George W. Bush by a corrupt supreme court justice system, one has to be an active denier to miss what really happened leading to both current wars - and proof of the demolitions of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01 and cover-up. With time and such disclosures connecting the dots highlighting a renegade controlled government by the military industrial complex (including intelligence-media-congressional-pharmaceutical-academic) will become too obvious to deny much longer. A civilized world is at stake. - will link also note articles linked from FN on these other related late breaking news stories -

13 October 2010 - Global Research - Richard Gage and Gregg Roberts
Evidence Refutes Official 9/11 Investigation:
The Scientific Forensic Facts

13 October 2010 - Veterans Today - L. Wolfe
Suppressed History: When Wall Street
Tried To Bring The Holocaust To America

15 October 2010 - The Vatic Project - Thomas Hackey
Secret eugenics (mass-extermination)
program may be well under way!

10 October 2010 - Project Censored - 911blogger
Top Censored Stories From 2009-2010
#14. Increased Tensions with Unresolved 9/11 Issues

13 October 2010 - Veterans Today - General Hamid Gul
A Retrospective Analysis of the "Wiklileaks Crisis"

07 October 2010 - Consortium News -Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry
A Long History of America's Dark Side

12 October 2010 - Kent State Truth Tribunal - Common Dreams
Tribunal Hears New Forensic Evidence of Clear Order to Fire
at Kent State, Backs US Rep Kucinich in Call to Open Inquiry

08 October 2010 - Veterans Today - Gordon Duff
Unrelinquished Power, the Military Coup We Never Saw

15 October 2010 - Huffington Post - 911blogger
Gen. Hugh Shelton: Clinton Official Suggested Letting
U.S. Plane Be Shot Down To Provoke War With Iraq

A subtle hit piece....

This has been reported on the Huffington Post, one of the most anti-9/11 Truth websites on the planet. Commentators who contribute *anything* about 9/11 that deviates from the official story on the Huffington Post will receive hostile treatment from the "moderators" on the site, which ranges from "simple deletion of the "offensive" material", to "outright permanent banning of the "offending" poster".

Why has the Huffington Post reported that a variant of the false flag operation was suggested by a senior Clinton Cabinet member? I would hazard a guess that Shelton is making this story up: it promotes the notion, in a very public and visible fashion, that (Shelton) is a man of higher ethical sensibility than the "unnamed official". By refusing to name the official, Shelton leaves himself protected.. the story remains hearsay, without a scrap of proof either way, but makes him look good at the same time.

The article also promotes the following idea, in a direct quote from the article: "The last time I checked, we don’t operate like that here in America.” Is Shelton unaware of the numerous occasions in which elements within the US government/military have either planned, or carried out false flag operations and variants of the false flag concept, in order to garner public/political support for wars? No, no, no. Shelton was not born yesterday: He is a hard-headed high-flying military officer and knows all about the art of deception and how the Pentagon has perfected it over the decades.

In my view, this article (and corresponding sections of his book) is a subtle form of hit piece.


Look up his involvement in Able Danger.

Flashback to 2001: Rice: Saddam Hussein is on our radar screen

The excerpt below is from a July 2001 CNN interview with the then U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice:


Rice Discusses Role of U.S. Military Overseas

Aired July 29, 2001

RICE: Well, the president has made very clear that he considers Saddam Hussein to be a threat to his neighbors, a threat to security in the region, in fact a threat to international security more broadly. And he has reserved the right to respond when that threat becomes one that he wishes no longer to tolerate. I think it's always best not to speculate about the grounds or the circumstances under which one would do that.

But I can be certain of this, and the world can be certain of this: Saddam Hussein is on the radar screen for the administration. The administration is working hard with a number of our friends and allies to have a policy that is broad; that does look at the sanctions as something that should be restructured so that we have smart sanctions that go after the regime, not after the Iraqi people; that does look at the role of opposition in creating an environment and a regime in Baghdad that the people of Iraq deserve, rather than the one that they have; and one that looks at use of military force in a more resolute manner, and not just a manner of tit-for-tat with him every day.

KING: Well, this latest standoff is a reminder that the United States and its allies, principally Great Britain, have been at this for 10 years now, still patrolling the no-fly zone. The president himself addressed that earlier in the week. Let's listen to what the president had to say.


GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, we're going to keep the pressure on Iraq, the no-fly zone strategy is still in place. There's no question that Saddam Hussein is still a menace and a problem, and the United States and our allies must put the pressure on him.


KING: Still a menace, still a problem. But the administration failed, principally because of objections from Russia and China, to get the new sanctions policy through the United Nations Security Council. Now what? Do we do this for another 10 years?

RICE: Well, in fact, John, we have made progress on the sanctions. We, in fact, had four of the five, of the permanent five, ready to go along with smart sanctions.

We'll work with the Russians. I'm sure that we'll come to some resolution there, because it is important to restructure these sanctions to something that work.

But in terms of Saddam Hussein being there, let's remember that his country is divided, in effect. He does not control the northern part of his country. We are able to keep arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt.

This has been a successful period, but obviously we would like to increase pressure on him, and we're going to go about doing that.