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Profits of War : Inside the Secret U.S.-Israeli Arms Network 0th Edition

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"Ari Ben-Menashe is one of the most dangerous reegade agents ever to defect from Israeli intelligence. It is hard to think of anyone who has told us more about the secrets of the intelligence world than he. His charges have been corroborated." - Craig Unger, in the Village Voice

About the Author

Ari Ben-Menashe was born December 4, 1951, in Tehran, Iran, to an Iraqi-Jewish family. In 1966 he emigrated to Israel. From 1974 to 1977 he served in the Israel Defense Forces, in Signals intelligence. In the years 1977 to 1987 he was a civilian employee of the External Relations Department of IDF Military Intelligence. From 1987 to 1989, he was a special intelligence advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. He speaks Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, English, French, and Spanish.

Since 1990, he been a man without a country, dividing his time among England, the United States, and Australia. He cannot, for obvious reasons, return to Israel.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Sheridan Square Pubns (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879823012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879823013
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Francesco Piaz on October 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
For those who are interested in MidEast affairs (as myself) this covers a fascinating topic and is written in a fluid style, which adds up to a truly gripping read.
The only reason for which I am not awarding this book 5 stars (and were it possible 6 or 7 stars) is the fact that many of the claims are indeed extreme...
Too much of the book simply adds up to bill this as complete fiction. Several other books (amongst which "The Samson Option", written by a renown journalist) have been based on Ben-Menashe's knowledge. Investigations have sprung up in the US and in Australia. Of course, these haven't lead far, but this is a serious case of the poeple in power charged with investigating the people in power - so what would you really expect?
Whilst I was reading this book I kept my copy of "Israels Secret Wars" at hand to verify events, facts and dates, and together with a bit of searching around the net, the essence of it all seems to add up.
Right from the start the author makes his embitterment with the "system" clear, so accusing him of having an axe to grind is pretty lame - add to that the fact that amongst his sworn enemies (at the end) was the media mogul R. Maxwell (who unleashed the full weight of his media empire to destroy his credibility) and you end up without much of a case...
TO SUM IT UP: You have to be deeply cynical, but alas perhaps realistic, to accept all that is stated in this book. In the end, however, I am one who believes that where there's smoke, there's got to be some fire as well, and this book discloses a hell of a lot of smoke!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mysterioustraveller on February 13, 2008
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I have been investigating this book for about ten years now and my conclusion is that A B-M was telling what he knew.
Any errors are due to his not being aware of certain things, like the details relating to certain Arab regimes etc.
But in general A B-M had no reason to make up this stuff, which even a seasoned fiction writer could not have delineated with so much sharp detail.
The various establishments that have tried to discredit him have in fact discredited themselves, amongst them are Newsweek magazine, the White House reporter Steven Emerson and various Wikipedia aministrators that are employed by AIPAC.
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This book confirms that the 1980 Reagan campaign made a treasonous deal with the Iranians to not release American hostages. I am surprised that this is even a debate anymore in the history books. This book was published in 1992 by Ari Ben-Menashe, a former Israeli intelligence agent. The relevant Iranians are on the record too about this agreement; read Bani-Sadr's book. And then there is Barabara Honneger's October Surprise and also Gary Sick's book on this topic.

It looks like both William Casey, the Reagan campaign manager who would become CIA chief and GHW Bush, the CIA chief from 1976 (after being a longtime CIA asset) both dirtied their hands in the treasonous deal with the Iranians.

I live in Austin, TX and in 2009 I interviewed Bobby Ray Inman, "Mr. Intelligence," who in the 1980's was the #2 man a the CIA under William Casey. Inman told me in a 2009 interview that he had "no doubt" that the Republicans had made a deal with the Iranians to not release the American hostages until after the 1980 general election. That is what Inman told me: completely convinced a deal had been made.

Roger Stone worked for the 1980 Reagan campaign. He, likewise, says that William Casey was meeting with some strange, Middle Eastern people at the Reagan HQs and Stone says there was definitely something going on - hush hush meetings with these characters.

Basically, the "October Surprise" dealings of the 1980 Reagan campaign has been confirmed from all corners. It happened. Needs to move from "conspiracy theory" to the fact category.

Read Chapters 4 (The Groundwork) and Chapter 5 (The Agreement) in this book to get an understanding of this deal as seen from the Israeli point of view.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mysterioustraveller on October 17, 2007
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This is a most unusual book and the like of it will not be seen for a long time. It was created by accident.
The content is so astonishing that most people have refused to believe it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. Gaffney on February 28, 2012
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Ari Ben Menashe's explosive story about the US-Israeli arms pipeline to Iran in the 1980s has never been accorded the importance it deserves. Twenty years after it was published in 1992, the book remains a sleeper.

This is unfortunate. Had its true importance been recognized at the time of its release -- the guilty (HW Bush et al) might have been held accountable. In which case we would have been spared many of the horrors of recent years.

I only came to value Profits of War through my continuing research and study into 9/11. The book must be read multiple times to fully appreciate the implications of Ben Menashe's story.

Confirmation has come from surprising places. For example, Bob Gates inadvertently confirms Ben Menashe in his own 1996 memoir, From the Shadows. Ben Menashe had fingered Gates as the key man at CIA who helped coordinate the secret Israeli arms channel to Iran that started in 1981 -- the result of the October Surprise: Casey and Bush's secret deal with the Iranians concluded in October 1980 that cost Jimmy Carter a second term and put Ronald Reagan in the White House.

Casey and Bush did what Carter refused to do: They traded arms for hostages. With a proviso: Casey insisted that the US embassy hostages must remain in captivity until AFTER Reagan's presidential inauguration.

In his memoir Gates writes (p 199) that in 1981 he was "closer to Casey than anyone else at CIA or in government." During this period Gates served as Casey's chief of staff. Gates also writes (p 222) that he "sat in on virtually all of his [Casey's] meeting..." Which of course means that Gates had to know about the treasonous nature of Casey and Bush's secret deal with the Iranians -- and the arms pipeline that started in March 1981.
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