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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Next up... Iran!

From the same team of geniuses, fresh from establishing the flourishing bedrock of peace and stability that is post-Saddam Iraq, comes your next well planned military intervention.... Iran!

At least according to Seymour Hersh in this New Yorker article (Seymour Hersh is the journalist who broke the Abu Graihb prison torture story). He goes into some detail on how Rusmfeld, having survived Bush's cabinet re-shuffling stronger than ever, is consolidating intelligence and covert activites under the Pentagon, shutting out the CIA and any kind of Congressional oversight. Creating what one Pentagon adviser in the article refers to as "a global free-fire zone.”

One of the more frightening aspects of the new policy:

"U.S. military operatives would be permitted to pose abroad as corrupt foreign businessmen seeking to buy contraband items that could be used in nuclear-weapons systems. In some cases, according to the Pentagon advisers, local citizens could be recruited and asked to join up with guerrillas or terrorists. This could potentially involve organizing and carrying out combat operations, or even terrorist activities."

So, we'll be creating terrorist's in order to fight terrorists.....

Also....."The new rules will enable the Special Forces community to set up what it calls “action teams” in the target countries overseas which can be used to find and eliminate terrorist organizations. “Do you remember the right-wing execution squads in El Salvador?” the former high-level intelligence official asked me, referring to the military-led gangs that committed atrocities in the early nineteen-eighties. “We founded them and we financed them,” he said. “The objective now is to recruit locals in any area we want. And we aren’t going to tell Congress about it.” A former military officer, who has knowledge of the Pentagon’s commando capabilities, said, “We’re going to be riding with the bad boys.”

So would that make us the good old boys or the bad ones?

BTW, the photo above comes from this site
(all praise be to google image), which has an interesting collection of billboards from Iran... the next leg of the Axis of Evil to be bombed straight.