Archive for June, 2009

AIPAC Israel firster Dennis Ross to become de facto National Security Advisor

 The AIPAC propagandist Dennis Ross moves over to the National Security Council:
Again With Ross (Mearsheimer/Walt  ‘The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy’ book validated yet again!)!
Ross talks Iran, Israel with AIPAC (Paul Findley & Mearsheimer/Walt validated yet again):

Dennis Ross: Threat to Peace

The AIPAC propagandist Dennis Ross moves over to the National Security Council

Dennis Ross’ association with AIPAC mentioned in following article

The Israel lobby’s shame

Israel firster Dennis Ross confronted about AIPAC association during 9/11 Commission hearing:
What Motivated the 9/11 Attackers? See testimony most didn’t!
Dennis Ross in Aipac’s Pocket
Dennis Ross
The Israel Lobby’s boy in the White House..
take a look at his connection to Washington Institut
e for Far East Policy (AIPAC think tank) and Libby Defense fund (remember him?)
Dennis B. Ross relationship map – Muckety

AIPAC associated (Israel first) Dennis Ross moving from State to NSC

Dennis Ross, Iran Adviser, Moves to White House,8599,1904788,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

Oy, You Can Stick a Stake Through Ross’ Heart, But He Won’t Die


Ross moving from State to NSC
June 16, 2009

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Dennis Ross will be moving from the State Department to the White House.

Ross, now a special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia at the State Department, will take an as yet unnamed position at the National Security Council, according to media reports.

The new job is expected to have a broader reach, encompassing not just policy on Iran but also the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and other areas.

There is some media speculation that Ross’s move is due to the fact that Iran policy is being increasingly run out of the White House.

Ross, 60, was the top Middle East negotiator during the Clinton administration.


Dennis Ross To Move To NSC: U.S. Officials (Associated Press)

MATTHEW LEE | June 15, 2009 05:59 PM EST |

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s pointman on Iran is moving from the State Department to the White House to better coordinate inter-agency policy on the Persian Gulf region, U.S. officials said Monday.

Dennis Ross, who is in charge of formulating President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran as special adviser for the Gulf and Southwest Asia, will take a similar position at the National Security Council, the officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the switch have not yet been finalized.

The White House and State Department declined to comment on the matter but denied an Israeli newspaper report that Ross was being removed from his job. Ross worked on the Middle East peace process for the administrations of former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.


Ross to take central Iran policy role at White House: official

Tue Jun 16, 7:18 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Veteran diplomat Dennis Ross will soon leave his job at the State Department for a more active role in shaping Iran policy at the White House, a US official said Tuesday.

“He’s going over to the White House,” the official told AFP on the condition of anonymity, adding Ross wanted to move from the sidelines to the center of Obama administration policymaking on Iran.

Unlike Middle East envoy George Mitchell and Afghanistan-Pakistan envoy Richard Holbrooke, who took up their jobs amid great fanfare, Ross slipped under the radar when his post was announced in a late-night communique.

He was also given a vague job title, that of special advisor to the Gulf and southwest Asia, whose duties included advancing the Obama administration’s policy to engage diplomatically with Iran.

State Department officials insisted he was not an envoy or a negotiator, but rather an adviser and coordinator of policies across the region for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters Wednesday that Ross remained in his current job, without denying reports he would leave soon.

“He’s on the job here in the State Department working very hard. And if and when we have a personnel announcement, we’ll let you know,” Kelly said.

The unnamed government official said Ross’s new duties were still being worked out and he did not know when Ross would move to the White House. “I don’t think (the move) is imminent,” he added.

The change comes as the disputed presidential election in Iran complicates policymaking in Washington, but officials told the New York Times that Ross’s move is not linked to those developments.

The government official told AFP that Ross, the former Middle East envoy under president Bill Clinton, sees his new job as a step up.

“The issue of Iran is being handled out of the White House. That’s very clear. And if that’s one of your major issues, you’re going to want to be where the action is,” the official said.

“He certainly was not in any way fired. I think it was Dennis Ross wanting to be more in the center of it and … (the) State (Department) doesn’t have the lead on Iran,” the official added.

Experts had seen the assignment of Ross to his State Department post as a way for President Barack Obama to reassure Israel of his support even as Washington announced its intention to open a dialogue with Tehran.

He is seen as a strong supporter of Israel.

The New York Times also said Ross may have ruffled some feathers at the State Department with his new book: “Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.”

It said the book proposed a “direct, secret back-channel” to talk to the Iranian government.

Ross was the head of policy planning at the State Department during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, and the long-time diplomat also served as a senior-level Obama advisor during the 2008 White House race.

An expert from the progressive New America Foundation, Steve Clemons, wrote on his blog in February that naming Ross as an envoy to Iran would not have been a good idea.

It would have been “seen as a sign that Obama was not serious about a strategic leap out of the current US-Iran relations mess into a different arrangement.”


State evades claims on Iran adviser Ross
Published: June 17, 2009 at 4:43 PM

The U.S. State Department skirted claims that career diplomat Dennis Ross was slated to leave his job there to take up a White House role in Iranian policy.

Ross works currently for the State Department as the special adviser for the Gulf and Southwest Asia, overseeing Iranian policy there.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz and several American newspapers published reports Tuesday saying that Ross would be “abruptly” removed from his position at the State Department to take on a larger role in Iran policy for U.S. President Barack Obama.

But State Department officials skirted the issue, saying Ross remained active in his current role.

“He’s on the job here in the State Department working very hard,” said State Department spokesman Ian Kelly.

Kelly later sidestepped the newspaper allegations that Ross was headed for a top position at the White House.

“Newspapers report a lot of things,” he said.

Iran has emerged as a hot-button issue for the Obama White House, particular in the wake of the disputed Iranian elections.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared victory in the Friday presidential contest. Supporters for his closest challenger, former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi, took to the streets in protest over the outcome.

Obama has embraced a policy of engagement with Iran but has not linked that effort directly to the leadership in Tehran.


Obama envoy raises possibility of U.S. strike on Iran:

Dennis Ross mentioned via following youtube as well:

See video: In-Depth Discussion: In Israel’s Interest – US Policy Influenced by Media and Neocon Agenda:

Ross is indeed a chickenhawk and has advocated having US take military action against Iran (for Israel of course!) in the book that he just released with fellow AIPAC associate David Makovsky (can see him being challenged about his AIPAC association in the ‘What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers?’ youtube video linked at the upper right side of http://NEOCONZIONISTTHREAT.COM

The following is another interesting article as well:

“Any Sovereign Nation is Allowed to Bomb Another”

Biden, Israel and Iran


Obama pressed to weigh Iran strike (for Israel)!:

New NSA replacing Jones supports harder line against Iran (for AIPAC/Israel of course!)

Quartet of Middle East peacemakers urges complete halt to all Israeli settlement construction

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel urged to halt settlements
Israel has been urged by the Quartet of Middle East mediators to stop all West Bank settlement building activity and to open its border crossings.
Quartet to Israel: Freeze settlement expansion
June 27, 2009

Israel Resists Pressure on Settlements


JERUSALEM — Israeli officials held firm on Friday against a total settlement freeze in the West Bank, despite a statement from the so-called quartet of Middle East peacemakers urging a complete halt to all settlement construction.

The peace group’s call bolstered the Obama administration’s unequivocal position against settlement activity, the subject of an unusually sharp dispute with Israel.

The largely conservative Israeli government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party, said it would not build new settlements and would not expropriate additional land for settlement construction, and said that the fate of the settlements would be decided in negotiations.

But until then, said Mark Regev, a spokesman for Mr. Netanyahu, “Our position is that normal life should continue inside those communities,” which includes building that Israel says is necessary for natural growth.


US support of Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinians PRIMARY MOTIVATION for tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 & on 9/11 as well (look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book and take a look at the ‘What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers?’ youtube linked at the upper right side of http://NEOCONZIONISTTHREAT.COM as well):



Iran’s Rafsanjani – The Grey Eminence

Iran’s Rafsanjani – The Grey Eminence

June 26th, 2009
By Jeff Gates

In Iranian politics, few loom larger that Hashemi Rafsanjani. Yet for whom does he work—really?
As chairman of the Assembly of Experts, he oversees the selection, monitoring and dismissal of Iran’s Supreme Leader. As Chair of the Expediency Council, he settles legislative conflicts. As President of Iran from 1989-1997, he created a power base dating back to his study of theology with Ayatollah Khomeini. But that was then; what about now?

To grasp his role in this “election” requires a reflection on whose interests are best served by crises in the region. Serial crises are essential to sustain the plausibility of the much-touted Clash of Civilizations as a means to justify a “global war on terrorism.” When Mahmoud Ahmadenijad won out over Rafsanjani in a 2005 bid for the presidency, the result was a spokesperson with little political power but a high-profile platform.

In today’s media-saturated politics, candidates are akin to brands. Soon after their release in the market, each is identified with a message. Ahmadenijad was quickly branded the world’s most famous anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. As the academics say: Quo bono—who benefits? Which nation gained most from that branding? Iran? Or Israel?


(Iran’s) Ahmadinejad won. Get over it

White House Is Drafting Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention of Terror Suspects

White House Is Drafting Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention of Terror Suspects


ProPublica and Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 26, 2009; 6:52 PM


The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, is drafting an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.


The question to ask next (if we haven’t already) is what is the definition of a ‘terrorist’ to the Israel firsters (like Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod) running the show in the Obama adminstration – anyone who disagrees with their Middle East policy which puts Israel first each and every time (with a little bit of lip service against the ongoing illegal Israeli settlement building as Obama is sure to cave in to AIPAC and similar about such soon as well!).

US support of Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinians PRIMARY MOTIVATION for tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 & on 9/11 as well (look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book and take a look at the ‘What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers?’ youtube linked at the upper right side of http://NEOCONZIONISTTHREAT.COM as well):


DEBORCHGRAVE Commentary: Iran’s rogue regime

Commentary: Iran’s rogue regime

UPI Editor at Large

The geopolitical cards been reshuffled in Iran ’s latest upheaval. A confluence of geopolitical events has brought Iran to the edge of the precipice. A nuclear rogue regime in the making?


WASHINGTON , June 26 (UPI) — A.D. 2009 in the Islamic calendar is 1430 A.H. (Anno Hegirae, which began with the prophet’s flight from Medina to Mecca ). But in strife-torn Iran it felt more like A.D. 1430, approaching the end of the Middle Ages, when religious bigotry and cruel fanaticism ruled Torquemada’s era of some 2,000 burned at the stake. For Ali Khamenei, Iran ‘s superannuated supreme leader, America is still the main enemy. So whether U.S. President Barack Obama reacted with a vocal twig or subsequent big stick as hundreds of thousands demonstrated in the streets of Tehran would not have made a particle of difference. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who stole his re-election, even had the chutzpah to demand an apology from Obama, now no different from President Bush.

Neda Aga Soltan, who was shot through the heart by the Basij militia — described by the Carnegie Endowment’s Iranian expert Karim Sadjadpour as a cross between Hells Angels and al-Qaida and thirsty for the blood of young girls — rapidly became the worldwide face of Tehran ‘s street rebellion. Her family was ordered out of their home. Basij goons snatched back Neda’s body, then canceled Mosque mourning ceremonies.

Iran is yet to fall into the category of rogue regimes, but it’s inching to the precipice, now only a question of time before countless thousands of cowered voices “Twitter” back to put their lives on the line for democratic change. Seventy percent of 70 million people are under the age of 33, and they want freedom from religious dictatorship and the “morality police.”

Iran ‘s totalitarian theocrats gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a lopsided 2-to-1 victory and another four years in power, even though he was rejected by the overwhelming majority of Iranians. Quoting sources in the election headquarters of the Interior Ministry, the Iranian resistance movement exposed a confidential directive by the supreme leader to announce voter turnout at 35 million and declare Ahmadinejad the winner in the first round.

It would behoove us all to take a deep breath and assess how the cards have been reshuffled in the latest Iranian upheaval. The Hoover Institution’s Abbas Milani, an American-Iranian historian and Iranologist, said this week Iran’s fraudulent balloting was in reality “an orchestrated coup — (by) the group of commanders in the Revolutionary Guards that have been in alliance with Ahmadinejad … a well-planned, long, strategically calculated move for the Guards essentially to seize power” and use the aging mullahs as a security blanket. All the important positions of authority, adds Milani, are now held by Guards, including three-quarters of Ahmadinejad’s ministers.

Aligned against Ahmadinejad are some powerful figures whose clout rests with the now subdued streets: former Presidents Mohammad Khatami and Ali Akbar Rafsanjani; Mehdi Karroubi; and Mir Hossein Mousavi — today known as the four reformers. But none has endorsed a change in Iran ‘s nuclear ambitions.

There is no shortage of testosterone in Washington when it comes to Iran . Hawks were all over Obama’s case as a weak-kneed leader of the free world who chickened out when confronted by flat-Earth medieval clerics whose Iranian sand castle was about to be overwhelmed by the incoming high tide of popular anger.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., skirted the edge of advocating intervention. McCain proposed “sanctions and other measures … to end this tyranny.” The only sanctions that might be a game changer would hit Iran ‘s vital imports of gasoline. A huge oil exporter, Iran ‘s chronic shortage of refining capacity requires the import of 40 percent of its gasoline needs. But a naval blockade would be seen by both friend and foe as a casus belli that would require at the very least a highly unlikely U.N. Security Council vote. Failing that, Congress would have to authorize a blockade of Iran ‘s ports from Abadan , a few hundred yards from Iraq ‘s oil installations in the northern Gulf, down to the Strait of Hormuz and on to the Gulf of Aden .

Can an Iranian regime that “deceives, represses and kills its own people,” asked the conservative Heritage Foundation, “be trusted to abstain from developing nuclear weapons?” Of course not. The mullahs, assisted by Pakistan ‘s ace nuclear black marketer, have been at it for a quarter of a century. Five of the world’s eight nuclear powers are in their regional neighborhood — Russia , Israel , India , Pakistan and the United States , whose military power is on Iran ‘s eastern, western and southern (aircraft carriers) borders.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu believes the current global revulsion at the mullah’s murderous crackdown favors an Israeli pre-emptive strike with deep penetration bombs against Iran ‘s principal nuclear facilities. Israel believes this would set back Iran ‘s program several years. And the onus of “world opinion” would not be quite as vociferous as it might have been before the theocracy’s Basij cracked heads in Tehran .

Moreover, key Arab states, from Morocco to Egypt to Saudi Arabia , Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates , are increasingly alarmed about a nuclear-armed Iran throwing its weight around the gulf that bears its own name — the Persian Gulf . Jordan , the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait recently decided to strengthen their ties with established nuclear power countries as they move toward setting up their own nuclear programs. And the object of their fear is more Iran than Israel .

Three former CENTCOM commanders and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen are convinced any bombing of Iran ‘s nuclear facilities would trigger bloody asymmetric retaliation against U.S. interests throughout the Middle East and beyond. Not to mention Russian and Chinese support for Iran .

This currently dominant group of four-star generals and admirals advocates learning to live with an Iranian bomb, just as the United States learned to live with Soviet and Chinese nuclear weapons in the days of Stalin and Mao, arguably more threatening in their days than Iran ‘s current crop of aging ayatollahs.

Other retired generals, notably a recently retired senior Air Force commander, speaking not for attribution, agree with McCain (and Israeli leaders) when he says there’s only one thing worse than bombing Iran — and that’s an Iranian nuclear bomb. Those who want the bombing option off the table (Obama still has it on the table) have argued in favor of accepting Iranian nukes, as we did Pakistan ‘s, as part of a major geopolitical deal. Iran would call off its pit bulls (Hezbollah and Hamas), pledge non-interference in a democratic Iraq , and assist NATO’s effort to pacify Afghanistan — sans Taliban. Don’t hold your breath.


(Iran’s) Ahmadinejad won. Get over it

Hawkish US senators claim rigging in Iran election

Hawkish US senators claim rigging in Iran election:



(Iran’s) Ahmadinejad won. Get over it

Israel deploys troops along Lebanese border

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):



Ignorance is Strength 
By Paul Craig Roberts
June 24, 2009 “Information Clearing House” — The American media’s one-sided and propagandistic coverage of the Iranian election has made an American hero out of the defeated candidate, Mousavi.  
This leaves one wondering if anyone anywhere in the US media or US government knows that Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who served as prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1981 to 1989, the decade following the overthrow of the American puppet government by Khomeini, has been fingered as the Butcher of Beirut, responsible for the bloody attacks on the US embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut during the Reagan administration that blew to pieces 241 US Marines, Sailors, and Army troops.  
According to Jeff Stein writing in the June 22, 2009, CQ Politics, Mousavi “personally selected his point man for the Beirut terror campaign, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi-pur,” who presided over the terror cell responsible for the attacks.
The National Security Agency had a tap on the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, according to Admiral James Lyons who was deputy chief of Naval Operations at the time.  Admiral Lyons told Jeff Stein that “the Iranian ambassador received instructions from the foreign minister to have various groups target US personnel in Lebanon, but in particular to carry out a ‘spectacular action’ against the Marines.”
Stein reports that Lyons “also fingered Mousavi for the 1988 truck bombing of the US Navy’s Fleet Center in Naples, Italy.”  
Bob Baer, a CIA Middle East field officer at the time, says that Mousavi “dealt directly with Imad Mughniyah,” the person responsible for both attacks. 
All of these facts have gone into the Memory Hole.  The US media and government have turned Musavi, the bloody butcher of US servicemen, into the would-be liberator of Iran from theocracy.  
Only in America and in George Orwell’s fictional population in his predictive book, 1984 can we find such citizen ignorance.
Every day in America, a.k.a. Oceania, we see the growing power of Big Brother’s three slogans:  WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
From ignorance comes the strength to create a hero out of America’s terrorist enemy, Mousavi.
From freedom comes the protection provided by being constantly spied upon, no longer endangered by privacy which might keep Big Brother from discovering a terrorist plot.  This freedom from terrorists morphs into the slavery of being held in indefinite detention without evidence or charges. Habeas corpus has become the opposite of freedom as it prevents our protection from terrorists.
On June 23, 2009, Big Brother Obama, following in the tradition of Big Brothers Bush and Cheney, declared that Oceania and the “entire world” are “appalled and outraged” by Iran’s violent efforts to crush protests organized by Oceania’s interference in Iran’s election.  Meanwhile, Oceania continued its wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, crushing people right and left while gearing up to bring peace to Iran. No one is outraged at the violence.  War is Peace.  Those who don’t fight wars can’t bring peace.  Peace results when Big Brother’s hegemony extends over those regions that do not understand that War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength.
“The face of Big Brother seemed to persist for several seconds on the screen, as though the impact that it had made on everyone’s eyeballs were too vivid to wear off immediately. The little sandy-haired woman had flung herself forward over the back of the chair in front of her. With a tremulous murmur that sounded like ‘My Savior!’ she extended her arms toward the screen. 
At this moment the entire group of people broke into a deep, slow, rhythmical chant of ‘Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother!’ over and over again, very slowly, with a long pause between the first ‘B’ and the second–a heavy, murmurous sound, somehow curiously savage, in the background of which one seemed to hear the stamp of naked feet and the throbbing of tom-toms. For perhaps as much as thirty seconds they kept it up. It was a refrain that was often heard in moments of overwhelming emotion. Partly it was a sort of hymn to the wisdom and Majesty of Big Brother, but still more it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise.”
The drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise sums up well enough the performance of Oceania’s Ministry of Truth.
How long do Americans have before doubting Big Brother and the Ministry of Truth is a Thoughtcrime?
“Whether he wrote ‘Down With Big Brother,’ or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed the essential crime that contained all others in itself.  Thoughtcrime, they called it.”
The neoconservatives have set up in America Thoughtcrime watch committees over professors.  Academics who depart from or challenge the neocon line are reported and are subjected to vilification campaigns.  Sami Al-Arian, a computer science professor at a Florida University, was destroyed by the US Department of Justice (sic) because he gave the Palestinian side of the story.  
The neocon academic spy operation has been given a boost by Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence.  Writing in CounterPunch (June 23), David Price reports that Blair has announced plans for a program to train intelligence officers, whose identities and activities would not be known to professors or administrators, to conduct covert missions in university classrooms.  
This is as Orwellian is it comes.  Thinking independently is rapidly becoming a serious Thoughtcrime.  Winston Smith was the only one among Big Brother’s subjects capable of independent thought.  His ability to think independently was discovered and terminated. 
Already we see that the US media is incapable of independent thought.  Independent thought in the universities, where careers are dependent on government grants, is already half dead.  Independent thought does not exist in think tanks, which serve the interests of donors.  In America independent thought is rapidly becoming an anti-American act, which is itself morphing into a terrorist act.
Newspeak handles effortlessly the morphing and transforming of meaning. New generations born into the new system know no difference and, thus, do not need to be silenced.  Once the older generations are brought to heel, truth is whatever Big Brother says.
(Iran’s) Ahmadinejad won. Get over it

“Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran” McCain


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.;contentBody


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.

US Strategy for Color Revolution in Iran

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, 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 You can read a May 22, 2007 report about the operation in www.Global

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.