Increased Covert Regime Change OP’s Approved In Iran

While none of us know the details, there has been a significant approval of funding for increased covert ops in Iran, according to Seymour Hersh in a story published online last Sundy at the The New Yorker Magazine. The news of the article was reported by MSNBC , outlines Hersh’s article and gets reactions from insiders.

Funding for the covert escalation, for which Bush requested up to $400 million, was approved by congressional leaders, according to the article, citing current and former military, intelligence and congressional sources.

Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. U.S. Special Operations Forces have been conducting crossborder operations from southern Iraq since last year, the article said.

These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of “high-value targets” in Bush’s war on terrorism, who may be captured or killed, according to the article.

But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which include the Central Intelligence Agency, have now been significantly expanded, the article said, citing current and former officials.

Many of these activities are not specified in the new finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature, it said.

While senior House and Senate leadership was informed and approved the Presidential Finding, we in the progressive blogsphere should not forget these people are bound by a Secrecy Oath that has criminal penalties should they disclose the program. They must swear to this oath in order to assume their access to the information. I’ve personally verified this reality with a member of the legal team of one of leaders involved.

Whether we should be involved in ‘regime change’ is a the issue that must be discussed. It seems that each time we get involved in ‘regime change’, including the early days of Viet Nam, the USA winds up in a bloody war.

The philosophy of ‘regime change’ is the true issue. The effort by Special Ops, which is a continuing effort, is another issue entirely. Criminals of all sorts must not be allowed a sanctuary that provides them physical and legal immunity.

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3 Responses to Increased Covert Regime Change OP’s Approved In Iran

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    In part at least we’re involved in a giant game of chicken. We can’t survive if Iranian oil is taken from the world market, and Iran’s current government can’t survive without oil revenue. This reality creates all of the potential in the world for creative approaches to resolving this problem, but the Bush administration has brought a giant hammer to the region and is laregly blind to anything other than pounding nails.

    It seems to me that the same diplomatic coalition that was brought to bear against North Korea could be assembled to begin very similar negotiations with the Ayatollahs. The presence of China would bring to the table a voice which is more trusted than ours, but is at least as knowldegable with respect to the damage that the largest disruption of oil supply in recent times (with the exception of course of the discretionary BUSHCO invasion of Iraq) would send spiraling out in all directions. The presence of Russia would bring to the table a nation with as mush to gain as any from skyrocketing oil prices and one that is undoubtedly sophisticated enough to have studied the damage it would suffer if Iran and/or BUSHCO ever were stupid enough to try to use the oil weapon to bring the world to our knees.

    Nuclear weapons? If Russia, China, or both assured Iran that they would take the entire population out with neutron bombs if it ever made the mistake of a first strike, it wouldn’t bother me if Iran had as many warheads as, say, England, or even China or Russia.

    Why do we need to even think first strike when others can and would neutralize the problem far more effectively than any wild assed plan circulating within any part of BUSHCO will ever be able to guarantee?

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