Preparing the Battlefield by Seymour M. Hersh

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by Seymour M. Hersh
July 7, 2008

The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.

Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.

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.


h/t: CLG

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38 thoughts on “Preparing the Battlefield by Seymour M. Hersh

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  15. There appears to be a different reality outside the fishbowl environment that the Bush-Cheney White House seem to live in.

    Simply put Iran, whether one likes it or not, is an ancient country with a 2500 year-old heritage. They may not have stealth bombers, B52s or Daisy Cutter bombs which can pulverise people from miles above the ground but the Iranians are a proud people nevertheless.

    In 1988 a US Cruiser shot a civilian Iran Air flight heading for Dubai killings a few hundred innocents. So in 1990 Pan Am flight 103 was bombed over Lockerbie.

    So if the US or Israel bomb Iran there will be bitter retaliation. Unable to bomb the US by air, the killings of Iranian civilians will be avenged in the towns and streets of hometown USA.

    It is time the White House grew up and realised international realities. You kill them, they will kill you – the reality is simple and brutal as that!

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