Thursday, August 21, 2003

The great treasonous scandal known as Iran-Contra involved:

  • American-Israeli neocon Michael Ledeen

  • introducing mysterious arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar,

  • a man regarded by the CIA as a completely unreliable character, and a man who failed a number of polygraph tests,

  • to American officials who wanted to create a scheme using back channels outside of the established structure of the American government (as they knew that such channels would never be approved)

  • by paying Ghorbanifar to make contact with allegedly pro-western forces in Iran

  • at the instance of and for the sole benefit of the state of Israel and Israeli interests,

  • and clearly against the interests of and the stated desires of the American government.


It now turns out that Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy for the Bush Administration, was involved in a scheme involving:

  • American-Israeli neocon Michael Ledeen

  • introducing mysterious arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar,

  • a man regarded by the CIA as a completely unreliable character, and a man who failed a number of polygraph tests,

  • to American officials who wanted to create a scheme using back channels outside of the established structure of the American government (as they knew that such channels would never be approved)

  • by paying Ghorbanifar to make contact with allegedly pro-western forces in Iran

  • at the instance of and for the sole benefit of the state of Israel and Israeli interests,

  • and clearly against the interests of and the stated desires of the American government.


Do you see any similarities between Iran-Contra and what Feith did? The reason for the new interest in Ghorbanifar, who actually wanted to be paid to make the contacts, may be to sabotage any chance of a negotiated agreement with Iran regarding terrorism, and thus put the neocons back into a position to insist on a war with Iran (the Jim Lobe article, which is also here, is the best single thing to read on this matter). It undercuts the positions of the State Department, the CIA, and the White House itself. Iran is trying to cooperate in the war on terror by agreeing to turn over high level al Qaeda members it has in custody to a third country, but in return wants the United States to stop its tacit support of anti-Iranian terrorist group Mujahideen Khalq, a group labelled as a terrorist group by the United States since 1997 but suddenly looking much better to the neocons as they want to use it to continue their program of stirring up unrest within Iran. Iran knows it has something of value, and won't even let the Americans interrogate the al Qaeda members in Iran. The turf war within the United States between the State Department and the neocons in and around the Pentagon continues, with the State Department winning a minor battle by shutting down the Washington offices of the People's Mojahedin, recently determined by Colin Powell to be the political wing of Mujahideen Khalq (note that this almost unnoticed battle in American politics has led to a debilitating purge by the neocons of those in the State Department and the Pentagon who refuse to play along with their insanity). Again we see a fight over the war on terror, with the neocons playing lip service to it to achieve their goals while actively working to undermine the State Department's efforts to actually take steps to fight it. By doing an end run around the State Department and normal channels in the American government, the neocons still hope to scupper any chance of avoiding war with Iran, but will also negate any chance of obtaining the valuable intelligence that could be obtained if the Americans could interrogate these high-level terrorists held by Iran. The neocons, led by Chalabi in Iraq, are even trying to resurrect the greatly feared Mukhabarat (or here), the Iraqi intelligence office, in order to work with with Mujahideen Khalq in the continuing covert war on Iran. Rumsfeld had to confirm that Pentagon officials met secretly with Ghorbanifar over a year ago, and misleadingly underplayed the matter, but it was later revealed by a senior defense official that there was an initial meeting in 2001, one or two other meetings last year in Italy, and another meeting in June of this year in Paris (France is of course where Richard Perle hangs out while he's badmouthing the French, and Perle's Defense Policy Board seems to be a major source of the creeping coup d'etat that is taking over the functions of the American government by secretly opening its own channels of communication). The June 2003 meeting was described as "an unplanned, unscheduled encounter" (I guess they were on holiday visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower and who should they run into but their old pal Manucher . . . ). Two Pentagon officials who met with Ghorbanifar were Harold Rhode, a protege of Michael Ledeen and a specialist on Iran and Iraq who recently served in Baghdad as the Pentagon liaison to Chalabi, and Larry Franklin, a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, both of whom were from the Pentagon's policy directorate, i. e., directly under Feith (also note that, in case you had any doubts about who Feith is really working for, Karen Kwiatkowski, a recently retired Pentagon policy analyst, reports that she saw Israeli officials, including several generals, entering Feith's office who were not required to sign the security book that everybody else is required to sign; see also a hint here). You'd think Feith would have had enough on his plate running the Office of Special Plans - now renamed to protect the guilty - to create the lies that led to the attack on Iraq, but I guess a man like that is capable of treasonous multitasking. A lot of people almost went to jail for what they did in Iran-Contra, and many of them ended up back in the Bush Administration. I guess they thought it was such a good idea they would try it again. There is even a good name for the new scandal: Iran-Neocon-tra.

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