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United States Assistance to CHAD: Qadhafi-Bashing?

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Bob Woodwards book, Veil The Secret Wars of the CIA. 1981-1987, provides a unique perspective on the power play between personalities in Washington and offers some interesting insights into the foreign policy decision-making process within the Reagan Administration. Not only does this book detail events surrounding the Iran-Contra affair, but it also purports to reveal why the United States decided to support Chads President Nabre in his fight against Libya. If Mr. Casey did in fact share the secrets documented in the Veil, one could conclude that Qadhafi-bashing was the major driving motive behind the Administrations assistance to Chad. In chapter four, Mr. Woodward revealed that the idea to increase military aid to President Habre originated in the Central Intelligence Agency CIA Soon after William Casey took office as President Reagans Director of Central Intelligence DCI, he received a classified national intelligence estimate outlining potential Libyan activities for the coming year. This twelve-page document concluded that some of Libyas regional foes, including President Sadat of Egypt, were focusing their military resources on quietly bleeding Qadnafi at his most vulnerable point--his overextension in Chad. The message, wrote Bob Woodward, was that the Chad adventure was the Achilles heel for Qadnafi, and the implied course to thwart Qadhafi in Chad appealed to Caseys strategic sense. Casey wasnt going to have the CIA sit on its hands with such an opportunity available. Woodward goes on to say, Soon within Haigs new State Department and Caseys new CIA, a proposal for covert support to Habre was drawn up. It was called the second track as distinguished from the normal first track of standard open diplomacy and aid.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Geography
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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