Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dennis Blair: Was he improperly vetted?

Reports of disobeying orders

According to journalist Alan Nairn, Blair disobeyed orders from civilians in the Clinton Administration during the 1999 East Timorese crisis during his tenure as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Command. Amid growing international concern over violence against the independence movement in Indonesian-occupied East Timor, Blair was ordered to meet with General Wiranto, the commander of the Indonesian military, and to tell him to shut down the pro-Indonesia militia. According to Nairn, two days after the Liquiçá Church Massacre, Blair failed to deliver this message; instead he presented Wiranto with an offer of military assistance and a personal invitation to be Blair's guest in Hawaii.[5] Consequently, Wiranto’s "forces increased the Timor killings".[6]

But aside from investigating his own intelligence director's callous disregard for the innocent victims of East Timor, the president must also come clean and tell us about his vetting of Mr. Blair's apparent support and abetment of the East Timor killing spree at the time he appointed him intelligence director.

There's no need for the president to probe the actions and deeds of previous administrations, when there's plenty of stuff on his plate and in his own administration to probe.

© Janet Crain

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1 comment:

keyboard.jockey said...


I remember during George W Bush offered Bill Clinton a position if he wanted one as a laison to East Timor. Why is it always at the center of a discussion but little is known of it and it isn't in the news that much but it is always a big deal to our Government WHY?