The war against Iran has already begun

Just another familiar story? Hat tip to Randi Rhodes, the original story is at Information Clearinghouse, Scott Ritter Says U.S. Plans June Attack On Iran:

02/19/05 --United for Peace of Pierce County (WA) - - Scott Ritter, appearing with journalist Dahr Jamail yesterday in Washington State, dropped two shocking bombshells in a talk delivered to a packed house in Olympia's Capitol Theater. The ex-Marine turned UNSCOM weapons inspector said that George W. Bush has "signed off" on plans to bomb Iran in June 2005, and claimed the U.S. manipulated the results of the recent Jan. 30 elections in Iraq.

Olympians like to call the Capitol Theater "historic," but it's doubtful whether the eighty-year-old edifice has ever been the scene of more portentous revelations.

The principal theme of Scott Ritter's talk was Americans' duty to protect the U.S. Constitution by taking action to bring an end to the illegal war in Iraq. But in passing, the former UNSCOM weapons inspector stunned his listeners with two pronouncements. Ritter said plans for a June attack on Iran have been submitted to President George W. Bush, and that the president has approved them. He also asserted that knowledgeable sources say U.S. officials "cooked" the results of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq.

Nothing new here, I know. You can google Scott Ritter and Iran for dozens of hits on a planned attack. Check out what else I stumbled across after the jump.

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Scott Ritter said that although the peace movement failed to stop the war in Iraq, it had a chance to stop the expansion of the war to other nations like Iran and Syria. He held up the specter of a day when the Iraq war might be remembered as a relatively minor event that preceded an even greater conflagration.

Scott Ritter's talk was the culmination of a long evening devoted to discussion of Iraq and U.S. foreign policy. Before Ritter spoke, Dahr Jamail narrated a slide show on Iraq focusing on Fallujah. He showed more than a hundred vivid photographs taken in Iraq, mostly by himself. Many of them showed the horrific slaughter of civilians.

Dahr Jamail argued that U.S. mainstream media sources are complicit in the war and help sustain support for it by deliberately downplaying the truth about the devastation and death it is causing.

Jamail was, until recently, one of the few unembedded journalists in Iraq and one of the only independent ones. His reports have gained a substantial following and are available online at Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches.

So far so good.

In a story that Aljazerra claims was written by Scott Ritter The US war with Iran has already begun:

The reality is that the US war with Iran has already begun. As we speak, American over flights of Iranian soil are taking place, using pilotless drones and other, more sophisticated, capabilities.

The violation of a sovereign nation's airspace is an act of war in and of itself. But the war with Iran has gone far beyond the intelligence-gathering phase.  

President Bush has taken advantage of the sweeping powers granted to him in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, to wage a global war against terror and to initiate several covert offensive operations inside Iran.

The most visible of these is the CIA-backed actions recently undertaken by the Mujahadeen el-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group, once run by Saddam Hussein's dreaded intelligence services, but now working exclusively for the CIA's Directorate of Operations.

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But the CIA-backed campaign of MEK terror bombings in Iran are not the only action ongoing against Iran.  

To the north, in neighbouring Azerbaijan, the US military is preparing a base of operations for a massive military presence that will foretell a major land-based campaign designed to capture Tehran.  

There are details included in this story that certainly make it sound credible.

Did Scott Ritter turn to Al Jazerra because nobody in the M$M was willing to print his story? I tend to believe that Bush and the Theocons are doing everything they can to provoke a declared war with Iran, just exactly the way they did with Iraq.

We are already at war with Iran. Bush just hasn't decided to tell Congress or the American people.

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I got the al-Jazeera story
over a discussion list, shortly after it was published -- I posted a diary on it here, but got no love.

I've had a queasy feeling that the Bolton nomination and our prospective clobberation of Iran are intertwined . . . it's going to take some significant bull$#!+ting to justify an attack on Iran, and having the shrew diplomat at the UN to bully the world into compliance might be essential to getting our war on without, y'know, triggering a world war.

I'm not kidding. As one correspondent responded when I sent this story out, "If this goes down, God or whatever help us all."

by catastrophile 2005-06-21 12:46PM | 0 recs
possible time table for Iran
Bush will continue to play around with Iran until
a few months before the mid-terms. Staying under the radar, trying to provoke, generally just f#^king with them hoping to create an excuse, until the time is right for him.

He knows he's got real problems if he loses the House so he'll try to force the situation in time to make it a campaign issue.

Sound familiar?

by Duke1676 2005-06-21 07:19PM | 0 recs


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