Iran Dossier: More Brothers Grimm Nonsense
Kurt Nimmo | February 11, 2007
“The Bush administration is haunted by the history of intelligence blunders about Saddam Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction as the United States tries to document that Iran is providing lethal help to Iraqi fighters,” reports Yahoo News, or maybe that should be news for yahoos.
In fact, the Bush administration is not “haunted by the history of intelligence blunders,” as there was no blundering, or for that matter intelligence, but simply a series of calculated lies and fabrications, designed to pave the way for the invasion of Iraq. As should be obvious, the “Bush administration,” or rather the unelected neocons, are plotting a repeat in Iran.
“After weeks of preparation and revisions, U.S. officials are preparing to detail evidence supporting administration's claims of Iran's meddlesome and deadly activities. A briefing was scheduled Sunday in Baghdad.”
Translation: the neocons jumped the gun, they need more time to tweak their fairy tale about Iran providing assistance to their enemies, the Sunni resistance, comprised in large part of former Ba'athists, who invaded Iran and fought a bloody war (over a million people killed)—admittedly a large pill to swallow, but then the American people, and even most members of Congress, are accustomed to swallowing large pills. Soon enough, we will see this latest neocon scam in all its putrid glory, plastered all over newspapers, the internet, and on Fox News. Millions will mindlessly parrot the official line and demand Iran be reduced to a glass parking lot.
“The Iran dossier, some 200 pages thick in its classified form, was revised heavily after officials decided it was not ready for release as planned last month. What is made public probably would be short, and shorter on details than the administration recently had suggested.”
Shorter on details because the less details provided, the less chance the neocons will be tripped up by their lies, not that such has stopped them in the past. As the shameless lies about Saddam's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, and Osama and Saddam colluding together demonstrate, never mind the inconsistencies bordering on absurdity, the neocon fairy tales cannot stand the light of day, they dry up in short order and blow away.
“No one who has seen the files has suggested the evidence is thin. But senior officials—gun-shy after the drubbing the administration took for the faulty intelligence leading to the 2003 Iraq invasion—were underwhelmed by the packaging.”
No clue precisely who has seen this classified “evidence” and declared it to be not “thin.” It remains a mystery. As usual, we are offered mere silhouettes under the predictable cover of “senior officials,” question marks masking their identities. In fact, no “drubbing” occurred after the 2003 invasion, no congressional investigations worth the name were conducted, no official charges ensued.
“Officials from several intelligence agencies scrutinized the presentation to make sure it was clear and that ‘we don't in any way jeopardize our sources and methods in making the presentation,' State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday.”
Sources? Recall “Curveball,” the star witness said to be a chemical engineer with information about Saddam's alleged weapons of mass destruction. As it turns out, this Curveball was a con artist who drove a taxi in Iraq and was a mentally unstable alcoholic. Another so-called defector, going by the colorful moniker “Red River,” failed a polygraph examination and was such an embarrassment he was deleted from the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Iraq. It is said he was removed as “the result of objections raised by American intelligence agencies in the interest of protecting sources and methods, sometimes in deference to a foreign intelligence service, according to American government officials who have read the classified version of the Senate committee's report,” the New York Times reported back in July of 2004.
As we now know, Ahmad Chalabi, the common criminal convicted of bank embezzlement in Jordan, provided all kinds of Brothers Grimm fairy tales to the neocons and their propaganda operatives, mostly notably the opprobrious Judith Miller, who in normal, non-Bushzarro times would be doing the perp walk in an orange jumpsuit. If anything good can be said about Miller's “reporting,” based on Chalabi's fabrications, it is that the lies were so transparent even corporate media scribes, usually complaisant, were moved to complain. For instance, Michael Massing, writing for the New York Review of Books, “held up Miller as evidence of the press's 'submissiveness' in covering the war,” New York Magazine reported.
All of this, of course, is water under the bridge as a new round of lies and fabrications emerge, accusing Iran of killing our boys in Iraq. “National security adviser Stephen Hadley recently said some Iran material was overstated. Privately, officials say they want to avoid the kind of gaffe akin to former Secretary of State Colin Powell's case for war before the United Nations in 2003.” In other words, Hadley, the neocon known for advocating the use of “mini-nukes,” thus demonstrating his mental instability, is attempting to forestall any argument on the shabbiness of the neocon “evidence” against Iran, or at least minimize its effect. Naturally, this is of small consideration, as headlines alone and blabbering talking heads on Fox News set the tone.
“Government officials familiar with the dossier's documents and slides, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the materials still were classified, said they make a compelling case about Iranian actions in Iraq.” The above sentence would be more accurate if one replaces the words “government officials” with “neocons,” who naturally consider any “evidence,” that is to say conjured up nonsense, “compelling” in the prelude of a shock and awe attack against Iran, designed to slaughter large numbers of toddlers and grandmothers.
So stupid are the Iranians, we are expected to believe, they are openly and brazenly “arming and training Iraqi militants,” never mind said “militants” (actually Iraqi patriots) are largely former Ba'athists, Sunni, and sworn enemies of the Iranian Shi'a. News for Yahoos would have us believe among “the evidence the administration planned to present are weapons that were seized over time in U.S.-led raids on caches around Iraq, said one military official. Other evidence includes documents captured when U.S.-led forces raided an Iranian office Jan. 11 in Irbil, a city in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq about 220 miles north of Baghdad, this official said…. In that raid, the U.S. captured five Iranians. They included the operations chief and other members of Iran's elite Quds Force, which is accused of arming and training Iraqi militants. Tehran said it was a government liaison office and called for the release of the five, along with compensation for damages.”
Interesting News for Yahoos would use the word “capture” here. More accurately, the Iranians, members of a consulate, were abducted at gunpoint. As it turns out, the “raid” on the Iranian consulate in Irbil, an act that displeased the Kurds, was designed to humiliate Iran, as the “interrogators” (read: torture specialists) belong to Mujahedin-e Khalq, the wacky and blood-thirsty cult that blends Marxism with Islam and is responsible for killing some 70 high-ranking Iranian officials, including chief Justice Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, President Mohammad-Ali Rajaei, and Premier Mohammad-Javad Bahonar. It appears the nefarious consulate was used to process Kurds wanting to visit Iran, a crime punishable by “interrogation” at the hands of MEK knuckle-draggers.
“How Iranian activities in Irbil could possibly pose a threat to American troops is completely mysterious. Why Washington would order arrests of persons designated as guests by Iraqi government officials is also obscure,” writes Juan Cole for Salon. “The Bush administration may … be casting about for some issue that will galvanize the American public and give it a pretext to expand its presence in Iraq despite how badly the war has gone. Any leaders of a failing war effort are always tempted by a strategy of escalation. Announcing open hunting season on all Iranian visitors to Iraq is like playing Frisbee with nitroglycerin. Bush has gone looking for trouble and is likely to find it.” As well, of course, Bush, that is the neocons huddled behind Bush's cardboard cut-out, are fishing for a reason to shock and awe Iran.
Finally, speaking of Mujahedin-e Khalq, it appears the neocons have not learned their lesson about using less than credible sources for their “evidence,” not that it matters with the American public more interested in meaningless sideshow diversions, for instance the four fathers of Anna Nicole Smith's baby. “Analysts at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Office of the National Intelligence Director and elsewhere have been double- and triple-checking the information to ensure it is well supported,” concludes News for Yahoos. “Officials said that is particularly the case when the material comes from sources with agendas. For instance, groups such as the Mujahedeen Khalq, which advocates for the overthrow of Iran's rulers, have provided some useful information to the United States in the past, but officials said material from them and other similar sources must be handled carefully…. After mistakes on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, U.S. officials recognize there is skepticism about U.S. intelligence claims.”
Indeed, there is skepticism, not that it particularly matters. Not only does MEK advocate “the overthrow of Iran's rulers,” but the cult “harasses anybody in the Iranian opposition who differs with them,” according to Sam Ghandchi, editor and publisher of Iranscope. “As long as the people in the leadership of MEK, who have been involved in the human rights violations, are running that organization, it is wrong for any state or organization to cooperate with MEK, without seriously taking these issues of human rights violations into consideration,” not that this bothers neocons, who are indifferent, some would say obsessed with torture and human rights violations. In fact, it would seem no shortage of government types support the MEK cult, including one-worlders George Shultz, Newt Gingrich, and James Baker.
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