Saturday, 15 October 2011

Petraeus’s CIA Fuels Iran Murder Plot

The U.S. media and public are being riled up again with a new set of allegations against Iran, this time for a bizarre assassination plot aimed at the Saudi ambassador in Washington. But former CIA analyst Ray McGovern wonders if this is propaganda from David Petraeus’s CIA.

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, in his accustomed role as unofficial surrogate CIA spokesman, has thrown light on how the CIA under its new director, David Petraeus, helped craft the screenplay for this week’s White House spy feature: the Iranian-American-used-car-salesman-Mexican-drug-cartel plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

In Thursday’s column, Ignatius notes that, initially, White House and Justice Department officials found the story “implausible.” It was. But the Petraeus team soon leapt to the rescue, reflecting the four-star-general-turned-intelligence-chief’s deep-seated animus toward Iran.

Before Ignatius’s article, I had seen no one allude to the fact that much about this crime-stopper tale had come from the CIA. In public, the FBI had taken the lead role, presumably because the key informant inside a Mexican drug cartel worked for U.S. law enforcement via the Drug Enforcement Administration.

I seem to recall this same David Patraeus trying to fuel a War with Iran back in 2008 when he was commanding forces in Iraq by pushing the entirely false claim that their Revolutionary Guard force was arming the insurgency: US General David Petraeus Provides no Evidence that Iran was 'behind Green Zone Attack'

A war with Iran is completely unnecessary. The Iranian leadership realises that if they provide any excuse the US (and Israel) will bomb their country back into the stone age- perhaps using tactical nukes if Iran is accused, or caught, using WMDs.

Plus any air strikes will likely employ Depleted Uranium weapons that contaminate the land with deadly radiological material. Such a war crime, that will damage people for many thousands of years, cannot be allowed. Neither can the deaths of ordinary Iranian civilians who mostly want to live their lives in peace.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 15th, 2011.]

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