4/17 US Escalates War on Iran


Geopolitics has moved from the regional to the global dimension, with preponderance over the entire Eurasian continent serving as the central basis for global primacy. The United States, a non-Eurasian power, now enjoys international primacy, with its power directly deployed on three peripheries of the Eurasian continent […]. But it is on the globe’s most important playing field – Eurasia – that a potential rival to America might at some point arise...
Potentially, the most dangerous scenario would be a grand coalition of China,Russia,and perhaps Iran, an 'anti-hegemonic' coalition united not by ideology but by complementary grievances. It would be reminiscent in scale and scope of the challenge posed by the Sino-Soviet bloc, though this time China would likely be the leader and Russia the follower. Averting this contingency... will require a display of U.S.geostrategic skill on the western,eastern, and southern perimeters of Eurasia simultaneously.’
The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives, 1997, by Zbigniew K. Brzezinski

"Nuclear Energy For All, Nuclear Weapons For No One"
Iran to host nuclear disarmament conference as new sanctions loom
Tehran announces conference will start days after US-hosted summit on nuclear security
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, was quoted by state television as saying the two-day meeting – dubbed Nuclear Energy For All, Nuclear Weapons For No One – will start in Tehran on 17 April, days after a US-hosted summit on nuclear security. "Iran, as a country supporting global disarmament, invites the world to disarm and prevent proliferation," Jalili said...
The US and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian project as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying it is interested in generating electricity, not a bomb. President Obama said that six world powers would develop a package of serious new punitive measures in the coming weeks. China has not confirmed US reports that it dropped opposition to new sanctions. China has a veto in the UN security council and its support would be key to passing a resolution against Iran.

“the single biggest threat to U.S. security"
Leaders Gather for Nuclear Talks as New Threat Is Seen
"A nuclear arms race may be escalating in South Asia, but the problem is not set to be discussed when President Obama's nuclear security ..."

The Iranian government staged the meeting in response to President Barack Obama's summit on nuclear security in Washington
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls US 'the world's only atomic criminal' at Teheran International Conference
Iran demanded America's expulsion from the international nuclear system.
By Damien McElroy in Tehra Published: 11:39AM BST 17 Apr 2010
"Only the US government has committed an atomic crime. The world's only atomic criminal lies and presents itself as being against nuclear weapons proliferation, while it has not taken any serious measures in this regard," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a message to the summit. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the establishment of a new international weapons regime independent of Western political interference. The Iranian government staged the meeting in response to President Barack Obama's summit on nuclear security in Washington at the start of the week. President Obama used the Washington summit to push for support for further sanctions on Iran from China and Russia as permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Breaking News Alert The New York Times Sat, April 17, 2010 -- 8:02 PM ET
Gates Says U.S. Lacks Strategy to Curb Iran's Nuclear Drive
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy
for dealing with Iran's steady progress toward nuclear capability, according to government officials familiar with the document.... Several officials said the memo touched off an intense effort inside the Pentagon, the White House and the intelligence agencies to develop new options for President Obama. They include a revised set of military alternatives, still under development, to be considered should diplomacy and sanctions fail to force Iran to change course. Read More:http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na
Several officials said the highly classified analysis, written in January to President Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, touched off an intense effort inside the Pentagon, the White House and the intelligence agencies to develop new options for Mr. Obama. They include a revised set of military alternatives, still under development, to be considered should diplomacy and sanctions fail to force Iran to change course....
Officials familiar with the memo’s contents would describe only portions dealing with strategy and policy, and not sections that apparently dealt with secret operations against Iran, or how to deal with Persian Gulf allies. One senior official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the memo, described the document as “a wake-up call.” But White House officials dispute that view, insisting that for 15 months they had been conducting detailed planning for many possible outcomes regarding Iran’s nuclear program. In an interview on Friday, General Jones declined to speak about the memorandum. But he said: “On Iran, we are doing what we said we were going to do. The fact that we don’t announce publicly our entire strategy for the world to see doesn’t mean we don’t have a strategy that anticipates the full range of contingencies — we do.”

“the single biggest threat to U.S. security"
Leaders Gather for Nuclear Talks as New Threat Is Seen
"A nuclear arms race may be escalating in South Asia, but the problem is not set to be discussed when President Obama's nuclear security ..."
Mr. Obama called the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon “the single biggest threat to U.S. security, both short-term, medium-term and long-term.”... said he expected “some very specific commitments” from world leaders....
Taking up the Pakistan-India arms race at the summit meeting, administration officials say, would be “too politically divisive.” “We’re focusing on protecting existing nuclear material, because we think that’s what everyone can agree on,” a senior administration official said... To press countries to cut off production of new weapons-grade material, he said, “would take us into questions of proliferation, nuclear-free zones and nuclear disarmament on which there is no agreement.”...Pakistani officials insist that the new plants are needed because India has the power to mount a lightning invasion with conventional forces. India, too, is making new weapons-grade plutonium, in plants exempted under the agreement with the Bush administration from inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. (Neither Pakistan nor India has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.) The Obama administration has endorsed the Bush-era agreement. Last month, the White House took the next step, approving an accord that allows India to build two new reprocessing plants. While that fuel is for civilian use, critics say it frees older plants to make weapons fuel. “The Indian relationship is a very important one,” said Mr. Nunn, who influenced Mr. Obama’s decision to endorse a goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons...

Nuclear Fear of Cold War Now Applies to Terrorists
Declassified documents from the 1950s lay out a strikingly familiar story, in which Communist agents played the role of today’s Al Qaeda....“The fear of a clandestine nuclear attack on American soil goes back to the very beginning of the nuclear era. There’s certainly nothing new here, even if they didn’t call it terrorism back in the ’50s.”
The top secret National Intelligence Estimate did not mince words. The United States faced an enemy with “no scruples about employing any weapon or tactic,” it said, and nuclear weapons smuggled across porous borders threatened to devastate American cities. Sleeper cells, the document warned, might already be inside the country. Or so the Central Intelligence Agency told President Harry S. Truman. The year was 1951... Then, too, the government spent millions to install radiation detectors at airports and seaports
It has become conventional wisdom, repeated by President Obama at the nuclear summit meeting this week, that the cold war danger of huge strikes by thousands of nuclear missiles has given way to a new threat: terrorists killing tens of thousands of Americans with a stolen or homemade nuclear device. A broad range of security experts agree that nuclear terrorism may well be the most serious danger the United States faces today....
In the 1950s the United States knew its adversaries had weapons; the mystery was whether they might use them. Today, said Jeffrey T. Richelson, a historian of nuclear weapons, the situation is reversed: Qaeda leaders have suggested publicly that they would use a nuclear weapon, “but as far as we know, Al Qaeda hasn’t even come close to building a bomb.”

Ahmadinejad Asks U.N. to Investigate 9/11
Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said last month that the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, were “a big fabrication,” wrote to the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday to ask him to open an investigation into the events of that day. Mr. Ahmadinejad asked him to “form an independent fact-finding committee trusted by regional countries on major elements behind [the] September 11 attack which was carried out as the main pretext to attack the Middle East,” according to the Iranian Students News Agency.
The letter also accused “NATO intelligence and security forces in Afghanistan” and “some American and European media” of supporting terrorist attacks by Baluchi militants in Iran’s southeast. In February, when Iran announced the arrest of Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of the Baluchi militant group Jundallah, it broadcast video of the captured rebel on state television in which he claimed that he had acted with support from the Obama administration.

President Obama's Statement on Iran:
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

Obama Lies About Iran
Margaret Kimberley, Freedom Rider
...Nearly ten years ago the Bush administration went through the same awful game, with Iraq as its target. Now the Peace Prize administration is engaging in the same tactics. Iran is blamed for everything except bad weather. Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, blames Iran for “providing some assistance to insurgents in Afghanistan.” Iran has nukes, helps insurgents and wants to steal your first-born child, too. Barack Obama appears to be more intent on making good on threats against Iran than George W. Bush ever was. Bush did not make the same efforts of applying pressure on European governments and on the Security Council to back additional sanctions, the first precursor to war. He didn’t invite New York Times reporters to take part in war game simulations. No, it is Obama who will instigate a conflict that the much-hated Bush would not. When it happens, when Barack Obama appears on television speaking in the most serious tones about why Iranians have to die, what will we say? What will black Americans, formerly in the vanguard of every antiwar movement, say about the slaughter? What will all progressives say about an awful crime against humanity? We can only hope that the United States and Israel have under estimated the Iranians ability to defend themselves. If they or anyone else on this earth, is expecting an outcry from the American people or its media, they will be sorely disappointed. Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.com.

Enough Is Enough
Why we can no longer remain on the sidelines in the struggle for regime change in Iran.
By Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations | NEWSWEEK
Published Jan 22, 2010 From 2/1/10 Newsweek issue
Critics will say promoting regime change will encourage Iranian authorities to tar the opposition as pawns of the West. But the regime is already doing so. Outsiders should act to strengthen the opposition and to deepen rifts among the rulers. This process is underway, and while it will take time, it promises the first good chance in decades to bring about an Iran that, even if less than a model country, would nonetheless act considerably better at home and abroad. Even a realist should recognize that it's an opportunity not to be missed.
Haass, president of The Council on Foreign Relations, is author of War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars.http://www.newsweek.com/id/231991

bipartisan imperialist continuity
Secrets of History: U.S. Operation TP-Ajax
By James Risen, New York Times April 16, 2000
The Central Intelligence Agency's secret history of its covert operation to overthrow Iran's government in 1953...Written in 1954 by one of the coup's chief planners, the history details how United States and British officials plotted the military coup that returned the shah of Iran to power and toppled Iran's elected prime minister, an ardent nationalist.

ANALYSIS / U.S. losing faith in usefulness of Tehran dialogue
By Amos Harel
The talks held in Israel this week by senior Obama Administration officials, which focused to a large extent on blocking Iran's nuclear program, indicate that the Americans - influenced by the Iranian regime's conduct toward the post-election unrest that began in early June - are for the first time showing more understanding for Israel's view of events. The United States is more skeptical than before about the likelihood that a diplomatic dialogue, or even harsh sanctions should that option fail, will dissuade the Iranians from their goal.

On the other hand, it seems that American opposition to an Israeli attack on Iran still stands. Yet the administration's talk of a "defensive umbrella" over Israel if Iran does acquire the bomb does not satisfy Benjamin Netanyahu's government.The talks on the matter opened just after a joint American-Israeli exercise at Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base. It was dubbed Red Flag, and included training on the in-flight refueling of Israeli jets by American airplanes.

The Iranian issue dominated this week's visits by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Adviser James Jones. At first, the Americans had hoped to open a dialogue with Iran in September and conduct a review of this policy toward the end of the year. However, Iran has so far refused to even agree on beginning a dialogue, which might accelerate the schedule: The reassessment will be conducted earlier than planned, and thus sanctions might also be able to commence sooner. The U.S. is well aware that Iran is progressing, and that by mid-2010, it may pass another critical milestone, that of being able to detonate a nuclear device for the first time.

The backdrop to the talks is the acute internal crisis in Iran. U.S. President Barack Obama hesitated for weeks before uttering his first condemnation of the violent suppression of the post-election protests. The Iranians reacted with wild rants against the American president. As noted this week by Michael Singh, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, America's message on this matter is still unfocused and confused. A senior American official comments on the Iranian nuclear threat and a possible preemptive Israeli strike almost every week, but all those statements provide no clear line on either Israel or Iran.

Though it seems the red light on an Israeli attack still stands, the recurrent warnings by Israel's prime and defense ministers about all options being on the table actually serve American interests: They allow Obama to wave the Israeli stick at the Iranians as part of his effort to get the Iranians to agree to a dialogue, and possibly even to concessions....

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke last week about an American "defensive umbrella" for Israel and the Gulf states, but some commentators interpreted her statement as meaning that the U.S. had become reconciled to an Iranian nuclear bomb - the opposite of what she probably meant. In talks between Israelis and Americans, other options have also come up, such as an American nuclear submarine keeping its missiles permanently trained on Iran if it declares it is heading for the bomb.
Meanwhile, with no direct connection to the American-Israeli talks, the American Air Force published a feature about the joint Nevada exercise on its web site. It reported the participation of a squadron of F-16i ("Storm") jets, the new model that will bear the brunt of long-range target attacks should the need arise. Red Flag is a routine exercise that the U.S. conducts with other friendly air forces as well, simulating joint fights against a common enemy. Does this exercise portend the future? Not necessarily. John Bolton, the hawkish former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, wrote this week that Secretary Gates' mission was to convince Israel not to attack Iran, but that Israel will have to make up its own mind very soon. Bolton said he would not be surprised if Israel attacks Iran before the end of the year. It is an enormous burden on Israel, he wrote, but "absent Israeli action, prepare for a nuclear Iran."

"Israel can determine for itself as a sovereign nation what is in its best interest...If the Netanyahu government decides to take a course of action different than the one being pursued now, that is their sovereign right to do that. That is not our choice."
Vice President Joe Biden, ABC News, 7/5/09

Soft Power: "The Means to Success in World Politics"
April 2004 USAID press release, "The Office of Public ... 2. Joseph S. Nye Jr., Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (New ...
NYE: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/09/08/force_alone_cant_b...
''Rumsfeld [and Vice President Dick] Cheney have followed the Machiavellian precept that it is better to be feared than to be loved," said Joseph Nye, assistant secretary of defense in the Clinton administration and author of ''Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics," in which he advocates greater use of foreign aid, cultural exchanges, and the media to spread American ideals and win allies. ''The real answer is it is better to be both.''What we have seen is so much emphasis on hard power that we have helped create more recruits for Osama bin Laden," said Nye, now a professor of government at Harvard University...

the USraeli greening of Iran
Henry Kissinger calls Iran upheaval a 'color revolution' in BBC interview.

Soros, the CIA, Mossad and the new media destabilization of Iran
James Corbett
Destabilization 1.2 involves seemingly disinterested, democracy promoting NGOs with feelgood names like the Open Society Institute, Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy. They fund, train, support and mobilize opposition movements in countries that have been targeted for destabilization, often during elections and usually organized around an identifiable color. These “color revolutions” sprang up in the past decade and have so far successfully destabilized the governments of the Ukraine, Lebanon, Georgia, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, among others. These revolutions bear the imprint of billionaire finance oligarch George Soros. The hidden hand of western powers behind these color revolutions has threatened their effectiveness in recent years, however, with an anti-Soros movement having arisen in Georgia and with the recent Moldovan “grape revolution” having come to naught (much to the chagrin of Soros-funded OSI’s Evgeny Morozov).

Destabilization 2.0, really... a slight tweak of Destabilization 1.2. The only thing different is that now Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media are being employed to amplify the effect of (and the impression of) internal protests. Once again, Soros henchman Evgeny Morozov is extolling the virtues of the new Tehran Twitter revolution and the New York Times is writing journalistic hymns to the power of internet new media…when it serves western imperial interests. We are being asked to believe that this latest version of the very (very) old program of U.S. corporate imperialism is the real deal. While there is no doubt that the regime of Ahmadenijad is reprehensible and the feelings of many of the young protestors in Iran are genuine, you will forgive me for quesyioning the motives behind the monolithic media support for the overthrow of Iran’s government and the installation of Mir-Houssein “Butcher of Beirut” Mousavi.

There is no debate over the fact that a CIA covert destabilization campaign inside Iran has been going on for two years. US Military, intelligence, and congressional sources say a secret war is being vamped to bring down the current Iranian leadership. This involves funding anti-government terrorist groups inside Iran, such as Jundullah and the MEK/MKO.
While president Obama was quick to deny interference, arch imperialists like Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski hinted that US interests are currently operating to advance their own agendas with regards to Iran and the Middle East. Brent Scowcroft the United States National Security Advisor told Josh Rushing, the host of Al Jazeera’s programme Fault Lines, that aiding protesters in Iran would provoke a more intense crackdown by the government in Tehran, that the Revolutionary Guard, the militias, and so on, and the police, are completely unified. “Isn’t it naive to think that the US doesn’t have some kind of intelligence operatives on the ground in Iran?” asked Al Jazeera’s Rushing. “Of course we do.” Scowcroft replied.

Color Revolutions: From Orange to Green
Abhijay Patel, Daily Pak Jul 30, 2009
“If Iran’s color revolution fails, hard-line regime must be removed from outside ” Henry Kissinger told BBC. “No matter what the election results be, Israel should carry out air strike to put an end to Iran’s nuclear threat,” –
former US Israeli ambassador at the UN, June 12 Wall Street Journal editorial.
Since the 1990s, America’s Zionist administrations have carried several ‘color revolutions’ in Eastern Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. Funding millions of dollars to rig elections, engineered mass demonstrations and political assassinations – has been the trademark of such color revolutions – carried out in Georgia (Rose), Ukraine (Orange), Kyrgyzstan (Tulip), Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan (Black), Occupied Palestine, Lebanon (Cedar), Kuwait (Blue), Myanmar (Safron), Tibet (Crimson), and recently in Islamic Iran (Green).
CIA, MOSSAD, USAID, CIDA, NGOs including billionaire George Soro’s Open Society Institute, Freedom House, National Democrat Institute, International Republican Institute, Albert Einstein Institution – are among ‘the foreign instigators and helpers’ who pave the way for pro-USrael regime changes around the world...

Clinton: US Supported Iran Protesters ‘Behind the Scenes’
Sun. August 9, 2009
In an interview August 10, 2009, on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0908/09/fzgps.01.html] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that while the US didn’t want to come out too publicly in favor of the protesters in the wake of Iran’s disputed June elections, the State Department was “doing a lot” behind the scenes to support the opposition. Secretary Clinton said it was a difficult situation because there was concern that US backing might lead Iran’s leaders “to use us to unify the country against the protesters.” Still, she insists the State Department “were doing a lot to really empower the protesters”... “Now, behind the scenes, we were doing a lot,” said Clinton, noting that the State Department had urged the social networking service, Twitter, to postpone a planned maintenance shutdown, so that it remained available for use by Iranians....
The exact extent to which the US has funded, and continues to fund, Iran’s opposition will likely never be known, but in the midst of the June rallies the Obama Administration did move to provide millions of dollars in grants to dissident factions, suggesting Clinton’s concern to keep the action “behind the scenes” was far from universal....
Clinton added the US doubted Iran was going to enter into talks about its nuclear program, and suggested the US was going to “take stock” of the offer in September, insisting the US isn’t going to continue waiting for a reply....In Tehran, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hassan Qashqavi, today voiced “regret” over America’s support for “rioters and terrorist groups”, reports the official IRNA news agency.

US funds terror groups to sow chaos in Iran
By William Lowther in Washington DC and Colin Freeman, Sunday Telegraph

"U.S. created and supported Jundallah"
Iranian Sunni rebel confesses U.S. role in terror plots inside Iran:
An Iranian Sunni rebel said on Tuesday the United States had supporting role in launching terror plots inside Iran. Abdolhamid Rigi, awaiting execution in Iran, brother of shadowy Jundallah (Soldiers of God) leader Abdolmalek Rigi, told reporters that his militant group received orders from the United States to launch terror attacks in the Islamic republic. 'The United States created and supported Jundallah and we received orders from them,' Rigi said in Iran's restive southeastern city of Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan.'They (US officials) told us whom to shoot and whom not to. All orders came from them. They told us that they would provide us with everything we need like money and equipment.'

Iran has accused Jundallah of launching several attacks inside the country, mainly in Sistan-Baluchestan. The group also claimed a May 28 bomb attack on the Shia Amir al-Momenin mosque in Zahedan in which more than 20 people were killed and 50 wounded just weeks before Iran's June 12 presidential election... The day after the mosque bombing, officials accused the United States of 'hiring' those behind the attack, linking it to the presidential election. Washington rejected the accusation. Iran has in the past blamed US and British agents based in neighbouring Iraq and Afghanistan for launching attacks on border provinces with significant ethnic minority populations....
Iranian officials have said Abdolhamid will be executed for his role in several attacks in the country. -AFP

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The Iran Threat: more of the same
Nafeez Ahmed
The Cutting Edge: Exposing the Deep Politics of the new "War on Terror" in the context of global crises
...In summary, detailed analysis of this new 2010 IAEA report illustrates that on matters of fact, evidence and substance, it yet again undermines the case against Iran.
In the meantime, there is, evidence that Western intelligence agencies are already conducting a covert war inside Iran. In early 2008, a US Presidential Finding uncontested by Democrat members of the House affirmed that the CIA was financing anti-Iranian ‘blackops’ to the tune of $300 million. Robert Gates, the architect of Bush’s Iran strategy, remains Obama’s defence secretary. Former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Giraldi told Gareth Porter that the media had frequently published “false intelligence” on Iraq and Iran from unreliable pro-Israeli sources....
Iran has for long stated its willingness to implement the IAEA’s ‘Additional Protocol’, an entirely voluntary measure which would subject Iran’s nuclear facilities to an even more stringent and intrusive international inspection process, and which would satisfy US and EU professed demands for ‘proof’, while also permitting a multilateral consortium to adjudicate uranium enrichment within Iran – as long the international community equally recognizes Iran’s NPT-stipulated right to develop its own peaceful nuclear enrichment programme. Yet detailed proposals along these lines have been repeatedly ignored and rejected out-of-hand by both the US and the EU.
To understand the Iran nuclear stalemate, just as with the Iraq-WMD fiasco, we need to look beyond official western platitudes, threats and narratives about Iran-WMD to explore the wider geopolitics and pressures emerging in the context of an increasingly strained global hydrocarbon energy system, in which access to the world's largest strategic oil and gas reserves and domination of the world's fast-emerging nuclear market are increasingly urgent

Bin Laden - Dead or Alive? Threats, Lies and Videotapes
Former assistant director of FBI’s counter-terrorism division Dale Watson; former Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf; current Pakistani President Asif Zardari; Afghan President Hamid Karzai; late Benazir Bhutto; Israeli intelligence sources; Pakistani and Afghan sources, including Taliban leaders – all have reported Osama bin Laden to be “probably dead” since December 2001. Several independent experts - including former US foreign intelligence officer Angelo M. Codevilla and renowned bin Laden specialist Professor Bruce Lawrence - agree with this assessment, as reported by the Daily Mail last year. In the words of Codevilla, a professor of international relations at Boston University: “All the evidence suggests Elvis Presley is more alive today than Osama Bin Laden.”....

They Live
In early 2008, a US Presidential Finding uncontested by Democrat members of the House affirmed that the CIA was financing covert operations against Iran to the tune of $300 million. Robert Gates, the architect of Bush’s Iran strategy, remains Obama’s defence secretary. US national security journalist Gareth Porter has recently confirmed from senior US and German intelligence officials that purported evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons programme – including the IAEA’s ‘alleged studies’ as well as an alleged Iranian ‘neutron initiator’ document unearthed by the Times – was forged. Former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Giraldi told Porter that the media had frequently published “false intelligence” on Iraq and Iran from pro-Israeli sources....
[In] January 2009, after Obama had just announced his appointments, prominent neoconservative icons, intellectuals and ideologues were virtually jumping for joy. Military historian (and McCain campaign staffer) Max Boot, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and regular contributor to the Washington Post and New York Times, declared: “I am gobsmacked by these appointments, most of which could just as easily have come from a President McCain.” David Horowitz, editor of FrontPageMag.com and a regular columnist for Salon.com, rebuked sceptical conservative activists: “Now, as president-elect he has just formed the most conservative foreign policy team since John F. Kennedy, one well to the right of Bill Clinton. Where is your gratitude for that?”
And even earlier during the campaign period, Robert Kagan, co-founder of the notorious Bush-affiliated Project for a New American Century (PNAC) and columnist for the Washington Post and New York Times Syndicate, hailed “Obama, the interventionist”; while staunch Bush supporter Christopher Hitchens, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, demanded that readers “Vote for Obama” ......Hitchens and his ilk have now set their sights on Iran. In a recent column for Slate, Hitchens demands that the US government ‘Abolish the CIA’ due to successive National Intelligence Estimates failing to find evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons programme – in true conspiratorial fashion, ‘no evidence’ constitutes proof that Iran is “lying”, and that the CIA is “worse than useless - it’s a positive menace. We need to shut the whole thing down and start again.’
Similarly Daniel Pipes... urged Obama to order the US military “to destroy Iran’s nuclear-weapon capacity” as a “dramatic gesture” that would “change public perception of him as a light-weight… Just as 9/11 caused voters to forget George W. Bush’s meandering early months, a strike on Iranian facilities would dispatch Obama’s feckless first year down the memory hole and transform the domestic political scene.”...
No wonder Robert Kagan could write so approvingly in the Wall Street Journal – citing the ongoing troop presence in Iraq, escalation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, military actions in Yemen and Somalia, and worldwide expansion of military bases – that “the US under Barack Obama remains a martial nation.”...

The War on Truth, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Having been a part of the CIA when it was committing high crimes and misdemeanors in Central America... I find the author's argument that the US, the UK, and France, among others, have been actively using terrorists, nurturing terrorists, as part of a geopolitical and economic strategy, and... nurtured a force they cannot control today, to be completely credible."
Robert D. Steele, former 20-year veteran CIA Case Officer and Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer; founding Deputy Director of US Army Marine Corps Intelligence Command

Mousavi & the CIA: The Iran-Contra Connection
Robert Parry
...such an unusual line-up of opposition leaders might be expected to raise eyebrows in the U.S. press corps... included some historical facts about the three chief opposition leaders and their longstanding (often secret) ties to the West. If the CIA or Israeli intelligence were trying to achieve regime change in Iran, they might reach out to influential figures with whom they’ve had prior relationships...In the 1980s, then Prime Minister Mousavi was, in effect, the control officer for Manucher Ghorbanifar, the Iranian agent who hooked up with neoconservative activist Michael Ledeen for clandestine Iran-Contra weapons shipments that involved both the United States and Israel....In May 1986, when McFarlane and White House aide Oliver North took their infamous trip to Tehran with the inscribed Bible and the key-shaped cake, they were planning to meet with Mousavi....
Another leading figure in today’s opposition, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, also sat at the center of the web of arms deals Israel arranged for Iran in its long war with Iraq. Rafsanjani, who was then parliamentary chairman...A third key opposition leader, Mehdi Karoubi , and his brother Hassan also were linked to the secret arms deals. Mehdi Karoubi has been identified as an intermediary as early as 1980 when he reportedly had contacts with Israeli and U.S. intelligence operatives... Hassan Karoubi, was another Iran-Contra figure, meeting with Ghorbanifar and Ledeen in Geneva iOctober 1985...

"swarming" soft warfare courtesy of the Rand Corporation
"Swarming" to Produce Regime Change
In Full Spectrum Dominance Engdahl discusses the RAND Corporation’s research on military conflict ...citing researchers John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt’s 1997 "Swarming & The Future of Conflict" document: "exploiting the information revolution for the US military. By taking advantage of network-based organizations linked via email and mobile phones to enhance the potential of "swarming close-in as well as from stand-off positions" ...deploying small units able to interconnect using communication technology. ..

"Color revolution" fails in Iran
by Thierry Meyssan
Tehran’s « green revolution » is the latest version of the « color revolutions » which have allowed the United States to impose subservient governments in several countries without needing to use force. Thierry Meyssan, who advised two governments facing this type of crisis, analyses this method and the reasons for its failure in Iran.
(excerpted example) ... The Green Revolution
The operation conducted in 2009 in Iran belongs to the long list of pseudo revolutions. First, a 400 million dollar budget was voted in 2007 by Congress to orchestrate a « regime change » in Iran. This was in addition to the ad hoc budgets of the NED, the USAID, the CIA & Co. How this money is being used is unclear, but the three main recipients are the following: the Rafsanjani family, the Pahlavi family and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.
The Bush Administration decided to instigate a « color revolution » in Iran after confirming a decision by the Joint Chiefs of Staff not to conduct a military attack of that country. This choice was then approved by the Obama Administration. The plans for a « color revolution » which had been drawn up by the American Enterprise Institute in 2002 with Israel were then reopened. I had published an article at that time regarding this plan [14]. In it, one can identify the current protagonists: that plan has not changed much since then. A Lebanese chapter was added which predicted an uprising in Beirut in case of a victory of the patriotic coalition (Hezbollah, Aoun), but it was later cancelled.

The script included huge support for the candidate chosen by Ayatollah Rafsanjani, the disputing of the presidential election results, widespread bombings, the toppling of president Ahmadinejad and of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, setting up a transition government headed by Mousavi, restoring the Monarchy and creating a government headed by Sohrab Sobhani.

According to the 2002 plans, the operation was overseen by Morris Amitay et Michael Ledeen. It mobilized in Iran the Irangate network. Here is a necessary quick historical background: the Irangate (Iran–Contra affair) was an illegal arms deal. The White House wished to supply weapons to the rebels in Nicaragua (to fight against Sandinistas) and to Iranians (in order to drag the Iran-Iraq war for as long as possible), but was prevented from doing so by Congress. Israelis then offered to act as subcontractors for both operations. Ledeen, who has both US and Israeli citizenships, served as a link in Washington, while Mahmoud Rafsanjani (the brother of the Ayatollah) was his counterpart in Tehran. This took place over a background of widespread corruption. When the scandal broke out in the United States, an independent inquiry committee was headed by Senator Tower and General Brent Scowcroft (Robert Gates’ mentor) to investigate.
Michael Ledeen is an old fox involved in many secret operations. He could be found in Rome during the assassination of Aldo Moro. He also appears to have been linked to the fake Bulgarian connection after the assassination attempt on John Paul II, or more recently to the fake claims of Nigerian uranium supply to Saddam Hussein. He currently works for the American Enterprise Institute [15] (with Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz) and for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies [16].
Morris Amitay is a former director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He is today the vice president of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and the director of a consulting company for the weapon industry.
On April 27, Morris et Ledeen held a seminar on Iran with Senator Joseph Lieberman at the American Enterprise Institute, regarding the Iranian elections. On May 15, a new seminar was held. The public part of the event consisted of a round table discussion headed by Senator John Bolton about the « haggling » over Iran: would Moscow agree to end its support of Tehran in exchange for Washington renouncing its missile shield project in Central Europe? French expert Bernard Hourcade took part in the debates. At the same time, the Institute launched a website, intended for the press, about the coming crisis: IranTracker.org. The website includes a section on the Lebanese elections.

In Iran, the responsibility for overthrowing old rival Ayatollah Khamenei rested on Ayatollah Rafsanjani. Born in a family of farmers, Hashemi Rafsanjani built his fortune on real estate speculation during the time of the Shah. He became the main pistachio dealer in Iran, and increased his wealth during the Irangate. His assets are estimated to several billion dollars. After he became the wealthiest man in Iran, he became successively president of the parliament, president of the Republic, and now chairman of the Assembly of Experts (an arbitration body for the parliament and the Guardian Council of the Constitution). He defends the interests of Tehran’s merchant class. During the electoral campaign, Rafsanjani required Mir-Hossein Mousavi, his former adversary who became his protégé, to promise he would privatize the oil sector.
With no connection to Rafsanjani, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran have been used by Washington [17]. This organization, protected by the Pentagon, is considered a terrorist organization by the State Department and has been considered as such by the European Union. Indeed, it is responsible for dreadful operations in the 80s, including a huge bombing which killed Ayatollah Beheshti, four department heads, six department head assistants and one fourth of the parliamentary group of the Islamic Republic party. The People’s Mujahedin of Iran is headed by Massoud Rajavi, who first married the daughter of former President Abol-hassan Banisadr and then the cruel Maryam. Its headquarters are located outside of Paris and its military bases in Iraq, first under the orders of Saddam Hussein, are now under the Defense Department. The People’s Mujahedin provided the logistics for the bombing attacks which took place during the electoral campaign [18]. They were responsible for instigating clashes – which they probably did – between Pro Ahmadinejad supporters and their opponents.

Should chaos have followed, the Supreme Leader could have been overthrown. A transition government, headed by Mir-Hossein Mousavi, would have privatized the oil sector and brought back the Monarchy. The son of the former Shah, Reza Cyrus Pahlavi, would have ascended to the throne and would have nominated Sohrab Sobhani as prime minister. With this in mind, Reza Pahlavi published in February a number of interviews with French journalist Michel Taubmann, the director of Arte’s information office in Paris, and who presides the Cercle de l’Observatoire, the club for French neo conservatives. It is useful to remember that Washington had made similar plans for the restoration of the Monarchy in Afghanistan. Mohammed Zahir Shah was supposed to ascend to the throne again and Hamid Karzai would have become prime minister. Unfortunately, at age 88, the pretender had become senile. Karzai thus became president. Both Sobhani and Karzai hold United States citizenships. Both were involved in the Caspian sea’s oil sector.

As far as propaganda was concerned, the initial plan had been given to Benador Associates, a public relations firm. But it evolved with the influence of Goli Ameri, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. This American Iranian woman is John Bolton’s former colleague. As a new media specialist, she implemented infrastructure and Internet training programs for Rafsanjani’s friends. She also developed radio and television programs in Farsi for the State Department propaganda, in conjunction with the BBC.

Iran’s destabilization failed because the main drive behind the « color revolutions » was not appropriately initiated. Mir-Hossein Mousavi did not manage to make Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the focus of popular anger. The Iranian people did not fall into the trap; they did not hold the outgoing president responsible for the United States’ economic sanctions against the country. Therefore the protests were limited to the northern suburbs of Tehran. The authorities refrained from creating counter demonstrations, and let the plotters expose themselves.
However, it must be noted that the propaganda was successful with the Western media. International public opinions really believed that two million Iranians took to the streets, when the real figure was ten times lower. The fact that foreign correspondents were under house arrest facilitated these exaggerations because they were exempt from having to provide evidence for their allegations...having failed at overthrowing the regime, what is Barack Obama’s remaining option? Thierry Meyssa, Journalist, writer, president of the Voltaire Network.

also: From Mossadegh to Ahmadinejad: The CIA and the Iranian experiment
The news of alleged election fraud has spread through Tehran like wildfire, pitching ayatollah Rafsanjani’s supporters against ayatollah Khamenei’s in street confrontations. This chaotic situation stirred by the CIA has been spreading confusion by flooding Iranians with contradicting SMS messages. Thierry Meyssan recounts this psychological warfare experiment.

Your 'news' sources
Trial Begins for Iran Election Protesters
Report by VOA News
U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch says some prominent lawyers were arrested over past weeks to prevent them from representing activists in court. The group says authorities have used harsh interrogations and beatings in an effort to extract false confessions from detainees. www.uruknet.info?p=5657 www.payvand.com/news/09/aug/1000.html

HRW Teaches Israel how to attack Palestinian civilians
Mary Rizzo
Human Rights Watch offers suggestions to Israel for more effective attacks on Palestinian civilians: "More specific warnings that describe the target area and the timing of the attack would be a positive step towards ensuring they meet the requirement to be effective," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "Unfortunately, during the January conflict in Gaza, many warnings failed that test."...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56672

Challenging Iran, With YouTube Views
“We should learn to oppose the regime, how to paralyze them, how to wear them out, but not to be killed, not to be arrested.”
Mohsen Sazegara
...Some critics accuse him of encouraging a military attack on Iran through his links to groups they say push war, in particular the *Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
He is blamed for providing ammunition for government accusations that the protests are a foreign plot... Mr. Sazegara, 55, who makes frequent appearances on Voice of America’s Persian language News Talk, is trying to bring down the system he helped create... he records nightly videos about opposing the Iranian government that are flung out into cyberspace through YouTube, Facebook and his own Web site. Mr. Sazegara is a regular Friday commentator on the ** Voice of America show. When they barred him from encouraging the post-election protests on the air, he quit briefly, then turned to YouTube.

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America and the Iranian Political Reform Movement
J. Scott Carpenter, http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC07.php?CID=512
February 3, 2010
House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
...Critical in the medium term is to do something dramatic to improve what should be America's preeminent vehicle for communicating with the Iranian people: the Voice of America's Persian News Network (PNN). Poorly managed by people who do not know Iran or its politics, PNN's journalistic professionalism currently meets only minimal standards. Most of VOA's 200 employees lack any television experience beyond what they have gained at VOA, for example. Its lack of a proper editorial board makes for poor priority setting, robbing PNN of impact.. The Obama administration should work urgently with the Broadcasting Board of Governors to appoint a director who knows broadcasting, speaks Farsi, knows both American and Iranian politics, and who can retool the organization to meet its congressional mandate. This is not as hard as it sounds. While the VOA is being fixed, mechanisms should be found to create a communications platform for the opposition so that it can get its message out. Similar, if sensitive, programs exist to support independent terrestrial and satellite radio stations targeting Syria, for instance. Other examples abound in the past, including U.S. support for Serbian opposition radio. This requires some risk-taking but would not require centralization and for the moment would be simply encouraging the State Department to continue ongoing efforts rather than dropping them....

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VOA: Iran Trying to Intimidate With Ban on Media Contact
VOA News 05 January
The head of U.S.-funded Voice of America says Iran's government is hoping to intimidate its citizens by banning contact with organizations such as VOA and the BBC... Danforth Austin says he hopes Iranians who believe in the right to free speech will continue to communicate with VOA, so other Iranians and people around the world will see what he calls the "repressive turn of events" in Iran... U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran is showing "mounting signs of ruthless repression" in its treatment of opposition activists...
Other banned groups include the U.S.-based National Endowment for Democracy and a foundation run by American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, the Open Society Institute...
The study by RAND Corporation recommended that U.S. policy makers "take great care" in their statements regarding Iran, as not to give Iran's leadership a pretext to divert attention from domestic issues, such as the economy.

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If it seems everyone on the internet is talking about "the power of social networking", it's probably because they are. We're just as guilty. But what does that phrase really mean? In this edition of "The Link" Doug Bernard tries to make it real for you, with a social networking case study on how two friends turned a romp in the park into a national phenomenon digest: 'swarming', originally popularized in the 'news' as some inexplicable hip new non-political, small-'a' anarchist flavor u.s. youth adventure]

bipartisan imperialist continuity
Secrets of History: U.S. Operation TP-Ajax
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The Central Intelligence Agency's secret history of its covert operation to overthrow Iran's government in 1953...Written in 1954 by one of the coup's chief planners, the history details how United States and British officials plotted the military coup that returned the shah of Iran to power and toppled Iran's elected prime minister, an ardent nationalist.

Senate passes bill to drain Iran gas pumps
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Pentagon, Eyeing Iran, Wants to Rush 30,000-Pound Bomb Program
31 Jul 2009
The U.S. Defense Department wants to accelerate by three years the deployment of a 30,000-pound bunker-buster bomb, a request that reflects growing unease over 'nuclear threats' from Iran and North Korea. Comptroller Robert Hale, in a formal request to the four congressional defense committees earlier this month, asked permission to shift about $68 million in the Pentagon’s budget to this program to ensure the first four bombs could be mounted on stealthy B-2 bombers by July 2010.