Archive for June 25th, 2009
Israel deploys troops along Lebanese border:
Israel going back into Lebanon would be in accordance with the rest of the ‘A Clean Break’ document that served as the blueprint for the Iraq invasion (access the ‘A Clean Break’ link at the upper right side of the following URL if interested further):
Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:33 AM
From: “Paul Sheldon Foote”
Paul Sheldon Foote
June 25, 2009
During the 2008 presidential election campaigns, millions of Americans voted for Hillary “Totally Obliterate Iran” Clinton and for John “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran” McCain. Now, North Korea has threatened to wipe out America once and for all.
At least now, Americans do not have to suffer alone the shame of having some of the most insane political leaders and stupidest voters.
Following Iran’s presidential elections, McCain has appeared on many television programs to make idiotic statements about Iran. Time Magazine’s Joe Klein has advised McCain to be quiet:
“Be quiet,” said Klein. “You don’t need to do this. You know? You know what you’re doing is a self-indulgent at this point. Sen. McCain, if he’s going to talk about this, should also talk about the fact that the United States supported Saddam Hussein in the Iran/Iraq war for eight years. Every one of those protesters out in the streets, every last one of them believes the United States supplied Saddam Hussein with the poison gas that has debilitated tens of thousands of Iranian men.”
On June 21, 2009, McCain appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to discuss Iran.
McCain claimed to be a student of history who believes that America must be on the right side of history. He cited examples of giving printing presses to the opponents of the communist government of Poland and of President Reagan’s calling for tearing down the Berlin wall by the communists. McCain conceded that America (under President Eisenhower) had given too much encouragement to the Hungarian revolution.
McCain failed to mention the large numbers of Iraqis who died because they revolted against Saddam Hussein at the urging of President George H. W. Bush.
McCain failed to mention that he had supported in 1995 the normalization of diplomatic relations with Vietnam. In 2006, Amnesty International USA testified before the United States Senate about human rights problems in Vietnam.
McCain pretends to be anti-communist by citing some selective historical examples of supporting anti-communists. When asked about North Korea, his response was that North Korea co-operates with Iran on nuclear technology.
McCain praised the late Senator Henry Jackson (Democrat—Washington): “Scoop Jackson was right.” The neo-conservatives (neo-Trotskyites) have named an organization for Jackson: The Henry Jackson Society.
On June 23, 2009, McCain appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to discuss Iran. As usual, McCain criticized Iran for killing its own citizens but could not bring himself to cite worse examples in communist countries or the killings of Arabs by Israel. McCain advocated that the American government provide more funding for Radio Farda and seek United Nations sanctions against Iran.
McCain mentioned that there was only one dissenting vote in Congress over a resolution on Iran. He failed to disclose that the dissenting vote was by a real Republican: Ron Paul.
Many Vietnam veterans, including Republicans, did not vote for McCain. Some Vietnam veterans purchased “Insane McCain” bumper stickers. See, for example:
Republicans and all Americans could learn from reading “War is a Racket” by the late two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Major General Smedley D. Butler, United States Marine Corps retired.
Subject: US Strategy for Color Revolution in Iran
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Francis A. Boyle on US Strategy for Color Revolution in Iran
Talk Nation Radio for June 25, 2009
Francis A. Boyle on US Strategy for Color Revolution in Iran
: A continuity of American policy under Bush and Cheney
Francis A. Boyle is a scholar in the areas of international law and human rights, Professor Boyle received a J.D. degree magna cum laude and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, he was a teaching fellow at Harvard and an associate at its Center for International Affairs. His latest book for 2009 is, Tackling America’s Toughest Questions, Znet.com interview. (More below.)
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Is the US running a covert operation in Iran designed to promote a color revolution as a way to bring about regime change? We asked international law expert Francis A. Boyle.
According to Professor Boyle, the Obama administration is likely trying this policy out prior to implementing other strategies, and notes that the people working on the region now are maintaining continuity with previous administration. The U.S. may well delay diplomatic talks at least for now.
We hear about Obama’s MidEast advisory team and discuss what the events in Iran mean in context with US policy.
Under former President Bush and Vice President Cheney the US was supporting opposition candidates, and in 2007 Bush authorized a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, according to ABCNews.com. You can read a May 22, 2007 report about the operation in www.Global Research.ca.
Questions about Iran’s election results persist and they are more specific now that the Guardian Council there has released more of the numbers. Professor Ali Ansari, Daniel Berman and Thomas Rintoul, have written a report for the London think tank, Chatham House questioning the result of 13 million more votes for Ahmandinejad. The report notes that two districts produced more votes than eligible voters. A joint BBC and ABC News poll taken before the election did predict an 89 percent turnout with Ahmandinejad the winner by two to one over leading contender Mir Hossein Mousavi. The poll was taken by the Center for Public Opinion of the New America Foundation.
Former State Department, NSC, and CIA official Flynt Leverett is now with the New America Foundation and he has said he finds the Ahmandinijad win credible, even if the election was imperfect.
The US press has largely covered political controversy surrounding President Barack Obama’s reaction to violence against election protesters in Iran. And some of the details of the election itself have not been well analyzed. For example, opposition candidates declined a proposed ten percent recount early on. (Note, the ten percent election review standard is also used in various US states including Connecticut, which uses it for audits.)
A spokesperson for opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, told al-Jazeera only a fresh election would do. And on Tuesday June 23rd the opposition was offered a five day extension to a deadline for looking into election complaints. It is not clear if the extension was accepted, but there was something of an answer in large street protests called by two remaining opposition candidates, Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.
Dozens of people have been killed during street protests though reports on the numbers vary widely. [See this report in Al Jazeera, English.]
At a press conference Tuesday June 23rd President Obama responded to questions about a video depicting the death of Neda Agha Soltan. She appears to have been shot by government troops during a protest in Tehran June 20th.
BACKGROUND: By 2006, US journalists and scholars like Dahr Jamail, Seymour Hersh and Francis A. Boyle, were expressing concern that the Bush administration’s policy of regime change for Iran would include a military attack, likely conducted with Israel.
The University of Southern California’s Muhammad Sahimi provides a detailed overview of the political climate in Iran in 2006 in a report titled: The Neoconservatives’ Strategy for Regime Change in Iran. He argues that US efforts to use the Persian Press to build up opposition candidates in Tehran would likely be seen as propaganda. But there were other operations that seemed far more ominous.
Guy Dinmore reported in the Financial Times of London that the US Marine intelligence wing had launched a probe into Iran’s ethnic minorities, and were searching for any grievances against the Islamic Government that could be exploited. The Pentagon was studying whether like Iraq, Iran might be prone to violent fragmentation along ethnic lines.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, carried out a well funded operation on behalf of the International Republican Institute. The institute had historically been used to funnel money from the National Endowment for Democracy into foreign aid projects.
In August of 2003, former CIA agent Philip Agee, tied the International Republican Institute to both the National Endownment for Democracy and the CIA.
Elizabeth Cheney had gone to Iran on an overt operation on behalf of the US State Department and MEPI, the Iran Middle East Partnership Initiative, as well as ISOG, the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group. In that capacity she had millions of US dollars at her disposal for propaganda using radio outlets like the US owned Radio Farda and Voice of America.
The US continued its covert operations at the Iraq/Iran border, even using the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) [also spelled: ‘Mojahedin Khalgh Organization’ or ‘MKO’] which had been listed as a terrorist organization by the US State Dept. [See also, Jeremy R. Hammond, Foreign Policy Journal, ‘Has the U.S. Played a Role in Fomenting Unrest During Iran’s Election?’ and also, Biden Vows to Continue Bush Policy Towards Iran, by Jeremy R. Hammond.]
The US and Europe also declassified the MEK as a terrorist organization, leading some to wonder about possible ongoing intelligence roles involving the group.
Members of Congress have been arguing for military attacks on Iran, and have set forth numerous bills that would effectively place America on a war footing with Iran.
See this piece too on the vote count in Iran.
‘A Hard Look at the Numbers’, By Esam AL-Amin, Counterpunch.
Francis A. Boyle bio: continued from above
Francis A. Boyle practiced tax and international tax with Bingham, Dana & Gould in Boston. He has written and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on the relationship between international law and politics. His eleventh book, Breaking All the Rules: Palestine, Iraq, Iran and the Case for Impeachment was recently published by Clarity Press. His Protesting Power: War, Resistance and Law (Rowman & Littlefield Inc. 2007) has been used successfully in anti-war protest trials.
McCain, Graham Clamor for Punishing Iran Sanctions
Hamid Dabashi on Iran Protests: “This is Not Another Revolution. This is a Civil Rights Movement”
Israel and Neocons: Selling Regime Change Again (This Time, Iran)
Stay Out of Iran’s Evolutionary Process
Everyone is looking for something to say about Iran. The neoconservatives are predictably hailing the march of democracy on the streets of Tehran for reasons of their own, while hawks like Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham are calling on the Obama Administration to do something to help anyone tagged as a reformer. More moderate voices are generally supporting President Barack Obama’s initial show of restraint, avoiding any open support of either side, and only condemning the violence because it is disproportionate and due to the suffering it has caused. Still others are calling on the United States to avoid any interference of any kind. The non-interventionists themselves fall into two camps: the constitutionalists and libertarians believe that interfering in other people’s quarrels is intrinsically problematical because as John Quincy Adams said, “America does not need to go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” Realists argue that interventions by the United States rarely turn out well, citing the cases of Vietnam, Bosnia, Lebanon, Iraq, and Somalia and more.
Call for Phillip Giraldi about Pretext for War with Iran:
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a $106 billion measure to fulfill his plans to wind down the war in Iraq and ramp up operations in Afghanistan where fighting against militants is intensifying.
The bill contains $79.9 billion to continue funding the two wars through September 30. It was also loaded up with extras like $7.7 billion to address the H1N1 flu pandemic, and $1.4 billion in foreign aid for Pakistan, which is fighting Taliban militants spilling over the border from Afghanistan.
The measure was nearly derailed by Obama’s request for money to close the controversial U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as for $108 billion in credit lines to back the International Monetary Fund as it helps countries weather the global economic downturn.——————————————————————————-
Congress passes $106 billion to continue the wars for Israel