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Trying to force a regime change in Iran the old fashion way-through covert ops.

June 30th, 2008 | by Dusty |

The old fashioned way is using clandestine and/or covert ops by various US governmental agencies. The usual agencies are the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Seymour Hersh addresses these operations in his latest article for the New Yorker.

Mr. Hersh received the information on new covert ops against Iran from various military, intelligence, and congressional sources, per his article. The President received funding for these ops late last year from the Democratic-controlled Congress. The dollar amount Bush was seeking is in the ballpark of $400 million.

Christ, that is some ballpark isn’t it? If you think this is something new in Bush’s War on Terror, think again. From Hersh’s article in July’s New Yorker:

Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of “high-value targets” in the President’s war on terror, who may be captured or killed. But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials. Many of these activities are not specified in the new Finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature.

Serious questions? No…really? Who the hell wouldn’t  have serious questions about such actions by our government? Well, the Gang of Eight has been briefed as well as the upper echelons of the Republican and Democratic Congressional leadership. When such covert ops are to begin, the President must issue what is known as a “Presidential Finding“. This is a highly classified executive directive from Bush and its similar to an Executive Order. for a peek into this PF, Hersh has this:

“The Finding was focused on undermining Iran’s nuclear ambitions and trying to undermine the government through regime change,” a person familiar with its contents said, and involved “working with opposition groups and passing money.” The Finding provided for a whole new range of activities in southern Iran and in the areas, in the east, where Baluchi political opposition is strong, he said.

Evidently the congress critter’s with questions about these tactics/operations were appeased since the funding for these operations did get approved by both the Senate and the House. This is all done in secret of course. Interestingly enough, this all came to pass right around the time the NIE came out which stated Iran had stopped work on their nuclear weapons program in 2003.

Can you smell the irony? I can..but I digress.

So BushCo is pushing all the buttons that need to be pushed for his attack on Iran. There are, however, substantial opinions, Robert Gates among them, that bombing Iran would be a huge clusterfuck that would see our children’s children fighting Jihadists, and not only abroad but here on US soil. Again, from Hersh’s article:

A Democratic senator told me that, late last year, in an off-the-record lunch meeting, Secretary of Defense Gates met with the Democratic caucus in the Senate. (Such meetings are held regularly.) Gates warned of the consequences if the Bush Administration staged a preëmptive strike on Iran, saying, as the senator recalled, “We’ll create generations of jihadists, and our grandchildren will be battling our enemies here in America.” Gates’s comments stunned the Democrats at the lunch, and another senator asked whether Gates was speaking for Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. Gates’s answer, the senator told me, was “Let’s just say that I’m here speaking for myself.”

Whoa, isn’t that some shit? The Joint Chiefs of Staff aren’t crazy about BushCo’s plan to bomb Iran. Neither are plenty of “the four-star officers who direct military operations around the world”. Before he was shit-canned, Admiral William Fallon, who until recently was the head of U.S. Central Command, was a very vocal advocate for NOT bombing the bejesus out of Iran. Admiral Fallon has quite a bit to say to Mr. Hersh on the subject of Iran and the covert ops:

“Did I bitch about some of the things that were being proposed? You bet. Some of them were very stupid.”

The Democratic leadership’s agreement to commit hundreds of millions of dollars for more secret operations in Iran was remarkable, given the general concerns of officials like Gates, Fallon, and many others. “The oversight process has not kept pace-it’s been coöpted” by the Administration, the person familiar with the contents of the Finding said. “The process is broken, and this is dangerous stuff we’re authorizing.”

I too wonder wtf the Democratic leadership was thinking to approve of these smarmy under-handed tactics while in public they all proclaim that Bush and his minions should be talking to Iran, not bombing them and most certainly not trying to bring down their government. The Democratic presumptive Presidential nominee, Barack Obama has said numerous times that talking not bombing is the only way to affect change in Iran.

BushCo has pushed the envelope when it comes to instigating bullshit with Iran. He attempts to egg them on with rhetoric that inflames and incites the Iran government and their religious leaders is a monthly, if not weekly tirade by the Asshat-in-Chief. There is no Congressional Oversight on these operations because everything is secret and Bush has given himself the power to conduct any and all operations he sees fit under the guise of the “War on Terror”.

Yet Congress gave Bush the money to conduct these types of covert operations inside of Iran, knowing full well that once they signed the check..they would no longer be kept in the loop as to what was being done, how it was being conducted and where. With this Presidential Finding being a top secret affair, no one can speak publicly against Bush about these clandestine operations being carried out in Iran.

The fact that these operations also include paying money to the dissent organizations inside Iran to carry out various bombings and killings of the Revolutionary Guard top brass is raising the ire of the mullahs and the Iranian government. These folks might be wingnuts, but they aren’t stupid–they know America is behind most if not all the strife currently taking place in Iran by either supplying the dissidents with money or weapons or both.

Which means if the Iranian government starts jailing and killing people that they deem as dissidents..their blood is on our hands.

Read the rest of the Hersh writeup at the link..and watch the short CNN interview of Hersh regarding his article in the New Yorker below. Crooks and Liars has the CNN transcript here.

If Bush can get away with it, and everything so far says he can..he will bomb Iran before he leaves on it.

Crossposted at Sirens Chronicles.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Trying to force a regime change in Iran the old fashion way-through covert ops.”

  2. By rube cretin on Jun 30, 2008 | Reply

    no real news here. Of course we are messing around in Iran. They have oil don’t they. The oil resource wars escalated with the attack on Iraq. Want to know why there was no exit plan for getting out of Iraq? Because there was no intention of leaving the country until the oil has been extracted, refined, and burned in our SUV’s. Unfortunately, for its Iraq’s people, they are living in a country floating on oil. Iran knows this, because they have the estimated third largest deposits of oil.

    There is a problem with this overall strategy however. Other developing countries such as China, India, The EU, and Russia also want access to middle east oil and it is doubtful they will continue to tolerate our very aggressive moves in the region. Attacking Iran could ignite a real interesting situation. My but we live in interesting times.

  3. By Rainbro on Jun 30, 2008 | Reply

    I’ve linked again…
    I started to write something while watching CNN, and when I came over here - and saw your excellent article - I couldn’t resist the link. ;)

  4. By Dusty on Jun 30, 2008 | Reply

    Rube, I guess what pisses me off is the collusion of the Congress critters. They know about this, they signed off on it, yet they tell us publicaly that they want talks with Iran. Fucking liars.

    Hey Rainbro..Glad you approve. Thank you kind sir. ;)

  5. By rube cretin on Jun 30, 2008 | Reply


    Wonder if those critters know something we do not know? If they know something maybe they are afraid to communicate it to us folks for fear we might panic and demand solutions which do not exist. The political messenger frequently is not treated well and it seems one interested in reelection might not want to stray onto problems with information which is existential in nature and contrary to the greedy instincts of voters. Admit it, most know something is different, change seems to be underway, and the the trends seem to be pointing to more difficulty for most with energy and foods prices on the rise. Would a certainty or just some insight into the real problem be therapeutic? Political posturing seem to be focused on the symptoms and the solutions, in this case seem to be addressed by maintaining the option of going to get what is needed to solve the problem. What is the real problem?

    forgive my delusions. Damn oil is over $141/barrel. Perhaps the theory of singularity will solve this problem.

  6. By Dusty on Jun 30, 2008 | Reply

    To me Rube, the real problem is undermining a sovereign nation’s leadership. It’s akin to cheating for me. That might be a simplistic pov but it’s mine sir. ;)

    Also, when Iran’s government tires of all the dissidents and begins to jail and/or kill them..their blood will be on our hands. I don’t like that one damn bit.

  7. By rube cretin on Jun 30, 2008 | Reply

    I am so sorry, i re framed your post a bit. I know in the world of blogs one should respect the topic under discussion. However, i frequently correspond with folks who select a specific idea found in my rants and a discussion occurs which they find relevant. Such is the case here.

    In regard to your post it is my belief that our president read the majority american public sentiment fairly accurately. A clear majority supported the Iraq War. And now that Peak oil has occurred, the administration and congress are reserving the option of military force to gain access to the Iranian oil. You see, the American public may demand such action when the reality of diminishing oil supplies really sets in.

    I frequently offer links to articles, requesting the reader to consider additional information. No one seems to read them, or if they look at them they do offer any evidence contrary to what is offered. The fact that i do not get any response does not bother me, because on the subject of peak oil, there is little good news and i understand the messager pays a price. However, this thing is real and the sooner folks are aware of the subject the sooner they will make the necessary adjustments.

    Anyway, this is a small article from an English news paper about activities in the north sea. It’s accuracy is consistent with my understanding of the matter and i recommend it for your consideration as the real root cause problem. I dare you to read it!

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