Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dennis Ross gave Iran a "proof text of US Interference in the elections"!

Juan Cole points to one Obama appointment-disappointment, at IC, here
"... In the White House, I think it would be hard to find a worse choice than the new Special Assistant to the President, Dennis Ross. Three examples of his skill: a) in the early negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, when he was supposedly the honest broker, he took a more disruptive position than even the Israelis, apparently shocking even them; b) in the build-up to the Iranian elections he sponsored and organized a program to "electronically invade" Iran with destabilizing messages trying, more subtly to be sure than the 1953 CIA-MI6 coup, to "regime change" it. Whatever else could be said about the "Iran-Syria Operations Group" , it played right into the hands of Ahmadinejad and the rightwing of the ulama and the military, giving them a proof text for American interference in the elections and thus may have backfired since no issue in Iranian politics is as sensitive as the fear of foreign espionage; (c) just before his appointment to be the chief honcho on all the Middle East, Ross published a book whose message was essentially 'let's try a bit of diplomacy for a short time. Of course it won't work, but it will justify our attacking.' That is, his approach to peace-seeking is consistent and negative. Since he is now Obama's point man, we are in for deeper trouble...."

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Anonymous said...

"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."

Seymour Hersh, Preparing the Battlefield.


"It was not for lack of trying as Kenneth Timmerman, a neo-con masquerading as director of The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), has admitted. The NED is a government-funded body whose ostensible aim is to promote "democracy" but it does exactly the opposite of what its name implies. It has close links with the CIA and was instrumental in bringing about the so-called "Orange revolution" in Ukraine and the unsuccessful attempt against Russia in Georgia that was put down by swift action from Moscow. How many Americans are even aware of NED and its subversive activities? It was set up in the early 1980s under President Ronald Reagan in the wake of revelations about the CIA’s murderous activities in the latter part of the 1970s. The NED has even established a separate wing, called the Foundation for Democracy in Iran. It was this group that hoped to bring about a "green revolution" in Iran. "