Michael Ledeen is an American neoconservative thinker and foreign policy analyst. He is a former consultant to the United States National Security Council, the United States Department of State, and the United States Department of Defense. He also operated as a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is currently working for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Michael Ledeen was born in a Jewish family and is part of a generation of Zionist neoconservatives whose lobbying led to the destructive US invasion of Iraq.
Wars for Israel
Like other infamous Zionist neoconservatives of the post-Cold War era, Ledeen played an important part in the realization of US interventionist foreign policies in the Middle East. Ledeen contributed to publishing forged documents regarding Iraq’s nuclear projects. The documents were used as justification of the invasion of Iraq.
In one notable occasion, Ledeen reportedly met with an Italian intelligence officer who provided the CIA with false documents claiming that Iraq is producing yellowcake needed to produce nuclear weapons.1
Behind Ledeen’s disinformation campaigns was a self-admitted goal of removing then-Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein. It is worth noting that far before the September 11 attacks in 2001, Ledeen advocated for Saddam’s removal in an official letter to Bill Clinton signed alongside other neocons including John Bolton, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, and David Wurmser.
Aside from laying ground for US military intervention in the Middle East at the behest of Israel, Ledeen has also meddled in domestic US politics in matters related to Israeli influence. Ledeen accused former US President Jimmy Carter’s brother, Billy Carter, of being bribed by Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Ledeen was also involved in the Iran-Contra scandal as a consultant of the National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane.2 Ledeen visited then-Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres as part of his role in the Iran-Contra affair.
Wanting Even More
Unscathed by Washington’s failed forays into the Middle East, Ledeen later went on to write a book titled “Obama’s Betrayal of Israel”. Ledeen argued that Barack Obama’s Palestine policy was a betrayal of the Zionist ethnostate. It is worth mentioning that under Obama, Washington pledged to give Tel Aviv at least $38 billion over a decade, the largest such aid package in US history.