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FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: War With Iran


War talk

We write to alert you to the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran as early as this month. This would likely lead to a wider war. Israel’s leaders would calculate that once the battle is joined, it will be politically untenable for you to give anything less than unstinting support to Israel, no matter how the war started, and that U.S. troops and weaponry would flow freely. Wider war could eventually result in destruction of the state of Israel.

This can be stopped, but only if you move quickly to pre-empt an Israeli attack by publicly condemning such a move before it happens.

We believe that comments by senior American officials, you included, reflect misplaced trust in Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu.

Actually, the phrasing itself can be revealing, as when CIA Director Panetta implied cavalierly that Washington leaves it up to the Israelis to decide whether and when to attack Iran, and how much “room” to give to the diplomatic effort.

On June 27, Panetta casually told ABC’s Jake Tapper, “I think they are willing to give us the room to be able to try to change Iran diplomatically … as opposed to changing them militarily.”

Similarly, the tone you struck referring to Netanyahu and yourself in your July 7 interview with Israeli TV was distinctly out of tune with decades of unfortunate history with Israeli leaders.

“Neither of us try to surprise each other,” you said, “and that approach is one that I think Prime Minister Netanyahu is committed to.” You may wish to ask Vice President Biden to remind you of the kind of surprises he has encountered in Israel.

Blindsiding has long been an arrow in Israel’s quiver. During the emerging Middle East crisis in the spring of 1967, some of us witnessed closely a flood of Israeli surprises and deception, as Netanyahu’s predecessors feigned fear of an imminent Arab attack as justification for starting a war to seize and occupy Arab territories.

We had long since concluded that Israel had been exaggerating the Arab “threat” — well before 1982 when former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin publicly confessed:

“In June 1967, we had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that [Egyptian President] Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”

Israel had, in fact, prepared well militarily and also mounted provocations against its neighbors, in order to provoke a response that could be used to justify expansion of its borders.

Given this record, one would be well advised to greet with appropriate skepticism any private assurances Netanyahu may have given you that Israel would not surprise you with an attack on Iran.

Netanyahu’s Calculations

Netanyahu believes he holds the high cards, largely because of the strong support he enjoys in our Congress and our strongly pro-Israel media. He reads your reluctance even to mention in controversial bilateral issues publicly during his recent visit as affirmation that he is in the catbird seat in the relationship.

During election years in the U.S. (including mid-terms), Israeli leaders are particularly confident of the power they and the Likud Lobby enjoy on the American political scene.

This prime minister learned well from Menachem Begin and Ariel Sharon.

Netanyahu’s attitude comes through in a video taped nine years ago and shown on Israeli TV, in which he bragged about how he deceived President Clinton into believing he (Netanyahu) was helping implement the Oslo accords when he was actually destroying them.

The tape displays a contemptuous attitude toward — and wonderment at — an America so easily influenced by Israel.  Netanyahu says:

“America is something that can be easily moved. Moved in the right direction. … They won’t get in our way … Eighty percent of the Americans support us. It’s absurd.”

Israeli columnist Gideon Levy wrote that the video shows Netanyahu to be “a con artist … who thinks that Washington is in his pocket and that he can pull the wool over its eyes,” adding that such behavior “does not change over the years.”

As mentioned above, Netanyahu has had instructive role models.

None other than Gen. Brent Scowcroft told the Financial Times that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had George W. Bush “mesmerized;” that “Sharon just has him “wrapped around his little finger.”

(Scowcroft was promptly relieved of his duties as chair of the prestigious President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and told never again to darken the White House doorstep.)

If further proof of American political support for Netanyahu were needed, it was manifest when Senators McCain, Lieberman, and Graham visited Israel during the second week of July.

Lieberman asserted that there is wide support in Congress for using all means to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power, including “through military actions if we must.” Graham was equally explicit: “The Congress has Israel’s back,” he said.

More recently, 47 House Republicans have signed onto H.R. 1553 declaring “support for Israel’s right to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran … including the use of military force.”

The power of the Likud Lobby, especially in an election year, facilitates Netanyahu’s attempts to convince those few of his colleagues who need convincing that there may never be a more auspicious time to bring about “regime change” in Tehran.

And, as we hope your advisers have told you, regime change, not Iranian nuclear weapons, is Israel’s primary concern.

If Israel’s professed fear that one or two nuclear weapons in Iran’s arsenal would be a game changer, one would have expected Israeli leaders to jump up and down with glee at the possibility of seeing half of Iran’s low enriched uranium shipped abroad.

Instead, they dismissed as a “trick” the tripartite deal, brokered by Turkey and Brazil with your personal encouragement, that would ship half of Iran’s low enriched uranium outside Tehran’s control.

The National Intelligence Estimate

The Israelis have been looking on intently as the U.S. intelligence community attempts to update, in a “Memorandum to Holders,” the NIE of November 2007 on Iran’s nuclear program. It is worth recalling a couple of that Estimate’s key judgments:

“We judge with high confidence that in fall of 2003 Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program. … We assess with moderate confidence Tehran has not restarted its nuclear program as of mid-2007, but we do not know whether it currently intends to develop nuclear weapons …”

Earlier this year, public congressional testimony by former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair (February 1 & 2) and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Ronald Burgess with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. James Cartwright (April 14) did not alter those key judgments.

Blair and others continued to underscore the intelligence community’s agnosticism on one key point: as Blair put it earlier this year, “We do not know if Iran will eventually decide to build a nuclear weapon.”

The media have reported off-the-cuff comments by Panetta and by you, with a darker appraisal — with you telling Israeli TV “… all indicators are that they [the Iranians] are in fact pursuing a nuclear weapon;” and Panetta telling ABC, “I think they continue to work on designs in that area [of weaponization].”

Panetta hastened to add, though, that in Tehran, “There is a continuing debate right now as to whether or not they ought to proceed with the bomb.”

Israel probably believes it must give more weight to the official testimony of Blair, Burgess, and Cartwright, which dovetail with the earlier NIE, and the Israelis are afraid that the long-delayed Memorandum to Holders of the 2007 NIE will essentially affirm that Estimate’s key judgments.

Our sources tell us that an honest Memorandum to Holders is likely to do precisely that, and that they suspect that the several-months-long delay means intelligence judgments are being “fixed” around the policy — as was the case before the attack on Iraq.

One War Prevented

The key judgments of the November 2007 NIE shoved an iron rod into the wheel spokes of the Dick Cheney-led juggernaut rolling toward war on Iran. The NIE infuriated Israel leaders eager to attack before President Bush and Vice President Cheney left office. This time, Netanyahu fears that issuance of an honest Memorandum might have similar effect.

Bottom line: more incentive for Israel to pre-empt such an Estimate by striking Iran sooner rather than later.

Last week’s announcement that U.S. officials will meet next month with Iranian counterparts to resume talks on ways to arrange higher enrichment of Iranian low enriched uranium for Tehran’s medical research reactor was welcome news to all but the Israeli leaders.

In addition, Iran reportedly has said it would be prepared to halt enrichment to 20 percent (the level needed for the medical research reactor), and has made it clear that it looks forward to the resumption of talks.

Again, an agreement that would send a large portion of Iran’s LEU abroad would, at a minimum, hinder progress toward nuclear weapons, should Iran decide to develop them. But it would also greatly weaken Israel’s scariest rationale for an attack on Iran.

Bottom line: with the talks on what Israel’s leaders earlier labeled a “trick” now scheduled to resume in September, incentive builds in Tel Aviv for the Israelis to attack before any such agreement can be reached.

We’ll say it again: the objective is regime change. Creating synthetic fear of Iranian nuclear weapons is simply the best way to “justify” bringing about regime change. Worked well for Iraq, no?

Another War in Need of Prevention

A strong public statement by you, personally warning Israel not to attack Iran would most probably head off such an Israeli move. Follow-up might include dispatching Adm. Mullen to Tel Aviv with military-to-military instructions to Israel: Don’t Even Think of It.

In the wake of the 2007 NIE, President Bush overruled Vice President Cheney and sent Adm. Mullen to Israel to impart that hard message. A much-relieved Mullen arrived home that spring sure of step and grateful that he had dodged the likelihood of being on the end of a Cheney-inspired order for him to send U.S. forces into war with Iran.

This time around, Mullen returned with sweaty palms from a visit to Israel in February 2010. Ever since, he has been worrying aloud that Israel might mousetrap the U.S. into war with Iran, while adding the obligatory assurance that the Pentagon does have an attack plan for Iran, if needed.

In contrast to his experience in 2008, though, Mullen seemed troubled that Israel’s leaders did not take his warnings seriously.

While in Israel, Mullen insisted publicly that an attack on Iran would be “a big, big, big problem for all of us, and I worry a great deal about the unintended consequences.”

After his return, at a Pentagon press conference on Feb. 22 Mullen drove home the same point. After reciting the usual boilerplate about Iran being “on the path to achieve nuclear weaponization” and its “desire to dominate its neighbors,” he included the following in his prepared remarks:

“For now, the diplomatic and the economic levers of international power are and ought to be the levers first pulled. Indeed, I would hope they are always and consistently pulled. No strike, however effective, will be, in and of itself, decisive.”

Unlike younger generals — David Petraeus, for example — Adm. Mullen served in the Vietnam War. That experience is probably what prompts asides like this: “I would remind everyone of an essential truth: War is bloody and uneven. It’s messy and ugly and incredibly wasteful …”

Although the immediate context for that remark was Afghanistan, Mullen has underscored time and again that war with Iran would be a far larger disaster. Those with a modicum of familiarity with the military, strategic and economic equities at stake know he is right.

Other Steps

In 2008, after Mullen read the Israelis the riot act, they put their pre-emptive plans for Iran aside. With that mission accomplished, Mullen gave serious thought to ways to prevent any unintended (or, for that matter, deliberately provoked) incidents in the crowded Persian Gulf that could lead to wider hostilities.

Mullen sent up an interesting trial balloon at a July 2, 2008, press conference, when he indicated that military-to-military dialogue could “add to a better understanding” between the U.S. and Iran. But nothing more was heard of this overture, probably because Cheney ordered him to drop it.

It was a good idea — still is. The danger of a U.S.-Iranian confrontation in the crowded Persian Gulf has not been addressed, and should be. Establishment of a direct communications link between top military officials in Washington and Tehran would reduce the danger of an accident, miscalculation, or covert, false-flag attack.

In our view, that should be done immediately — particularly since recently introduced sanctions assert a right to inspect Iranian ships. The naval commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards reportedly has threatened “a response in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz,” if anyone tries to inspect Iranian ships in international waters.

Another safety valve would result from successful negotiation of the kind of bilateral “incidents-at-sea” protocol that was concluded with the Russians in 1972 during a period of relatively high tension.

With only interim nobodies at the helm of the intelligence community, you may wish to consider knocking some heads together yourself and insisting that it finish an honest Memorandum to Holders of the 2007 NIE by mid-August — recording any dissents, as necessary.

Sadly, our former colleagues tell us that politicization of intelligence analysis did not end with the departure of Bush and Cheney…and that the problem is acute even at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, which in the past has done some of the best professional, objective, tell-it-like-it-is analysis.

Pundits, Think Tanks: Missing the Point

As you may have noticed, most of page one of Sunday’s Washington Post Outlook section was given to an article titled, “A Nuclear Iran: Would America Strike to Prevent It? — Imagining Obama’s Response to an Iranian Missile Crisis.”

Page five was dominated by the rest of the article, under the title “Who will blink first when Iran is on the brink?”

A page-wide photo of a missile rolling past Iranian dignitaries on a reviewing stand (reminiscent of the familiar parades on Red Square) is aimed at the centerfold of the Outlook section, as if poised to blow it to smithereens.

Typically, the authors address the Iranian “threat” as though it endangers the U.S., even though Secretary Clinton has stated publicly that this is not the case. They write that one option for the U.S. is “the lonely, unpopular path of taking military action lacking allied consensus.” O Tempora, O Mores!

In less than a decade, wars of aggression have become nothing more than lonely, unpopular paths.

What is perhaps most remarkable, though, is that the word Israel is nowhere to be found in this very long article. Similar think pieces, including some from relatively progressive think tanks, also address these issues as though they were simply bilateral U.S.-Iranian problems, with little or no attention to Israel.

Guns of August?

The stakes could hardly be higher. Letting slip the dogs of war would have immense repercussions.  Again, we hope that Adm. Mullen and others have given you comprehensive briefings on them.

Netanyahu would be taking a fateful gamble by attacking Iran, with high risk to everyone involved. The worst, but conceivable case, has Netanyahu playing — unintentionally — Dr. Kevorkian to the state of Israel.

Even if the U.S. were to be sucked into a war provoked by Israel, there is absolutely no guarantee that the war would come out well.

Were the U.S. to suffer significant casualties, and were Americans to become aware that such losses came about because of exaggerated Israeli claims of a nuclear threat from Iran, Israel could lose much of its high standing in the United States.

There could even be an upsurge in anti-Semitism, as Americans conclude that officials with dual loyalties in Congress and the executive branch threw our troops into a war provoked, on false pretenses, by Likudniks for their own narrow purposes.

We do not have a sense that major players in Tel Aviv or in Washington are sufficiently sensitive to these critical factors.

You are in position to prevent this unfortunate, but likely chain reaction. We allow for the possibility that Israeli military action might not lead to a major regional war, but we consider the chances of that much less than even.

Footnote: VIPS Experience

We VIPS have found ourselves in this position before. We prepared our first Memorandum for the President on the afternoon of February 5, 2003 after Colin Powell’s speech at the UN.

We had been watching how our profession was being corrupted into serving up faux intelligence that was later criticized (correctly) as “uncorroborated, contradicted, and nonexistent” — adjectives used by former Senate Intelligence Committee chair Jay Rockefeller after a five-year investigation by his committee.

As Powell spoke, we decided collectively that the responsible thing to do was to try to warn the President before he acted on misguided advice to attack Iraq. Unlike Powell, we did not claim that our analysis was “irrefutable and undeniable.” We did conclude with this warning:

“After watching Secretary Powell today, we are convinced that you would be well served if you widened the discussion … beyond the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.”
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/downloads/vipstwelve.pdf

We take no satisfaction at having gotten it right on Iraq. Others with claim to more immediate expertise on Iraq were issuing similar warnings. But we were kept well away from the wagons circled by Bush and Cheney.

Sadly, your own Vice President, who was then chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, was among the most assiduous in blocking opportunities for dissenting voices to be heard. This is part of what brought on the worst foreign policy disaster in our nation’s history.

We now believe that we may also be right on (and right on the cusp of) another impending catastrophe of even wider scope — Iran — on which another President, you, are not getting good advice from your closed circle of advisers.

They are probably telling you that, since you have privately counseled Prime Minister Netanyahu against attacking Iran, he will not do it. This could simply be the familiar syndrome of telling the President what they believe he wants to hear.

Quiz them; tell them others believe them to be dead wrong on Netanyahu. The only positive here is that you — only you — can prevent an Israeli attack on Iran.

Steering Group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

Ray Close, Directorate of Operations, Near East Division, CIA (26 years)

Phil Giraldi, Directorate of Operations, CIA (20 years)

Larry Johnson, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA; Department of State, Department of Defense consultant (24 years)

W. Patrick Lang, Col., USA, Special Forces (ret.); Senior Executive Service: Defense Intelligence Officer for Middle East/South Asia, Director of HUMINT Collection, Defense Intelligence Agency (30 years)

Ray McGovern, US Army Intelligence Officer, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA (30 years)

Coleen Rowley, Special Agent and Minneapolis Division Counsel, FBI (24 years)

Ann Wright, Col., US Army Reserve (ret.), (29 years); Foreign Service Officer, Department of State (16 years)

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26 Comments

  1. james ha on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “”Wider war could eventually result in destruction of the state of Israel.”"

    wow if only!

  2. Geltmeister on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Israel is in terminal decline, whichever indicators one looks at the same story reveals itself.

    These are the death throes of a regime that is simply refusing to bend to the inevitable change in the Middle East political landscape.

    Israel is now being exposed across the world as the chief protagonist in the region and no amount of media lying or western political whoring will change that.

  3. chava kaufman on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    War is never an answer. However, if this finally turns the tide to expose israel as the lieing scum it is really. Well then, pony up Iran and all surrounding allies and destroy israel.

  4. No-one Special on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    and millions of innocent people would have their lives ruined, and many lost.

    war is like a juggernaut once it starts.

    I hope this message reaches the right pairs of ears, and I hope too that someone in the military IS in contact with the Iranian military, because only they have what it takes to say no.

  5. NICE PICTURES OF FOUGA MAGISTERS IN CLOSE FORMATION UP THERE, BY THE WAY! on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Nice plane, the CM-170 Magister, by the way! Very nice machine!

    But, we know the war is coming, the preparations here in the U.S. are very visible from my viewpoint. Not since 1991 have I seen so much military shit being moved by rail before. So, it’s not for a clam bake somewhere, that’s for damned sure.

    But I didn’t come in here to talk about the Fouga’s in your picture. I came in here to talk about the incredible insanity of starting another war, this time, likely to be a WORLD WAR.

    For Israel? I know Shillary Clintonstoned and David Millipede, her boyfriend in Britain, didn’t dream up this nightmare on their own. It wasn’t Julian AssHanger over at WikiWeeks, who had the audacity to resurrect Bin Laden from the grave in time to do matchmaking for muslims there in Tora Bora in 2006, five years after his death. I know it’s not Judith Miller, hawking zionist war pipedreams as necessities to stop weapons of Mass Deception from destroying our tiny paranoid minds over here.

    Nope, it’s got to be the dominionist arse holes and the zionists in the Cabinet level orifices around the head cheeze in charge here…whispering; “do it NOW!!!, do it NOW!!!” to their manchurian candidate, hoping to see a finger twitch or eyelid spasm in recognition of their ceaseless goadings.

    But I have one question at this point in time, and that is this; “once you’ve made Humpty Humanity fall all the way off the fucking wall, then what???”, “are you assholes in the Pentagon so sure of your nuclear might that your bought and paid for war shills at the RAND Corp. have assured you that this time, it’s a ‘SLAM DUNK’ per that former asshole who got the medal of free-dumb from duncil boy, Bush?

    Because, once Humpty Humanity falls off that goddamned wall, and the shit does indeed hit the fan, in-spite of the ‘postponed’ election you seek, there will be things in motion globally you can’t put back together again with all the super glue in CHINA, my feckless asshole incompetent leaders of mine.

    You’ll plunge the world into Armageddon with this gig.

    And for Israel?? Oh my f’ing god, how can you be so uncaring and so unfeeling to not only murder innocent Iranians, but also, cause the untimely deaths of tens of thousands of American’s, with your reckless stupidity.

    We don’t need World War III right now, if you’re reading this. What we do need is all of you placed under ARREST FOR TREASON, before you plunge the entire globe into a war that will ultimately kill off millions of people on several continents.

    As for the Fouga, she’s a good choice, but I don’t think any of them ever killed anyone except in training accidents, never in war, for sure!

  6. Earlaiman on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Another well-written warning by a solid and well-informed group of people who ought to know what thy are talking about, who have no axes to grind, which no one in any position of responsibility in the US Government will have the guts to read or think about, not to mention discuss or… heaven forbid… to actually do!

    Yes, Jimmy boy, a war of this magnitude could and will destroy Israel, but have you any idea of what it will do to th rest of the world?

    You may survive to applaud the results, but the theater you would be standing in would be a burned-out, bombed-out ruin!

    Earlaiman

    .

  7. Ulf Claréus on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    The Guns of August!

    When reading this excellent article, I overheard on the radio’s 11 o’clock news (Swedish State Radio) that President Mahmoud Ahmanidejad had been attacked by some kind of “handgrenade”, but survived unscathed.
    What a nice gift to the Israeli’s, if when starting a war, their opponent’s highest political leader has just snuffed it, leaving a lot of disorder for those to act in his place.
    I would say, this points to an immediate Israeli attack on Iran, perhaps in the very next few days.

  8. estebanfolsom on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    let’s stop them
    we know who
    they are
    and where

    we know what
    they’re up to

    but i still can’t
    figure out why

    they would commit suicide
    and try to take a few of us
    out with them

    do they really think
    they will survive
    as a nation
    as a people

    there are two ways
    to deal with a mad dog
    one is to shoot it

    and i’m pretty sure
    the other is not
    to try to
    reason with it

    let’s stop them
    i wish i knew how

  9. rexw on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “On June 27, Panetta casually told ABC’s Jake Tapper, “I think they are willing to give us the room to be able to try to change Iran diplomatically … as opposed to changing them militarily.”

    Willing to give the US the room…. Where are we?

    Is this 2010 and are we talking about the world’s #1 superpower or some banana republic?

    Don’t expect any reaction readers. I have seen some of the words written by this experienced group of ex- intelligence operatives over time and their rational comments have been frightening in their assessment of current situations,
    Nothing has changed and won’t until America finds one lone human being who can make the changes necessary to ban disloyalty, to eliminate and outlaw foreign spies by any name and a person who has the bulk of real Americans behind him, people tired of being subservient to a parasitic state and who would like to see the respect that a superpower deserves as it was in….. When was that again?

  10. Jim on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    To the men and women of VIPS I heartily thank you for your work.

    I didn’t do the complete tally, however you have well over 100 years of collective experience in these matters and it shows.

    If all of your warnings go unheeded, we in Canada, the US and Mexico could well be embroiled in another unethical military misadventure. If that happens, we may find that an adhoc North American Union of patriots coming to the forefront in such fury that the war criminals and traitors may have to split for the coast pretty damned quick.

  11. Paul on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “Wider war could eventually result in destruction of the state of Israel.”

    We can but wish…

  12. Paul on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “Is this 2010 and are we talking about the world’s #1 superpower or some banana republic?”

    You may have missed your subtle change in status Rex. We non-Americans sure haven’t.

  13. stk33 on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Could it be that destruction of Israel is actually their secret goal? given the long history of very skillful exploiting victim status, could it be that the real plan is to create New Holocaust that would eclipse the 1st one, which already shows signs of decline?

  14. george in Toronto on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Prior to 1940, USA was in a bad recission for past 10 years. Same media pumping war.
    Same thing is happening again–war pimp media is grooming the obtuse public for war.No jobs–military has enough body bags.
    What is needed to cure America ills is–JewUS. Only cure–two maximum term limits. Also, what money they had at end of terms-no INCREASE.
    Most Fed politicians after 1 1/2 terms become multi millionair$. In 2009, politicians averaged 16% and money changers 6% and ordinary folks negative 9% in stock gains.
    John Kerry’s boat–$7 million and full time crew of 12
    Hillary Dickary–just doled out $3million for her daughter’s wedding, Speaking ingagement$ my arsehole :^(

  15. Ray O Hope on the 04. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    it is a sad state of this union, a nation so powerful that the whole world stand in owe of this once the world most powerful nation in the history of man, that this great nation would become a brain dead elephant controlled by a small weasel of a zionist state.
    oh the shame, how can this be, that we have sold our soils to this devil child of israel, the devil of war and death, to bring about the end of humanity, and the rise of the kingdom of the anti-christ.

  16. Amerikagulag on the 05. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    With the US being controlled essentially by Israel and with Israel being an arm of the Rothschild banking mafia (who consistently supports both sides of conflicts, it’s a given that another illegal invasion and occupation is in the making.

    Iran will not sit back and take this lightly. The US is at fault here, not iran, just as the US was at fault with Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Israel is being set up for a fall by the Rothschilds hydra. It’s usefulness as a money laundering operation is now at an end. It will be sacrificed in order to garner support for religious wars throughout Europe and the middle east. Religions which, the Jews themselves have spawned.

    Unless and until the three judao/abrahamic religions are eliminated from civilization, terror will continue unabated because it’s profitable. But further, the Israeli claim of being ‘chosen’ is coming back to bit it in the ass very soon.

    If the Germans had written the bibkle, the German’s would be the chosen ones. See how it works?

    Jew mean semite like Catholic means Swedish.

  17. Rehmat on the 05. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    The Zionist leaders after their military humiliation in Lebanon in 2006 – don’t want to take on to an eight-year war hardened arm by themselves alone. They just want to start the conflict and expect the US army to finish the job for them – as was the case in the failed occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. I have never heard of some Jewish soldier being killed in those countries, although, some of the US commanding officer over there have been Jewish or AIPAC poodles.

    The new laws are being put in place – making Obama’s ‘Israel-First’ administration to give it the “legal power” to save another Israeli military humiliation in Iran by attacking Islamic Republic from its 12 military bases in Iran’s neighboring countries.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/zionist-regime-hiding-behind-iranian-threat/

  18. DE Teodoru on the 05. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Israel is a dying state, Iran is not. It has enough live tissue to make life miserable for Palestinians but it is exsanguinating its citizens and prospective olims will not transfuse it. It’s not yet rotten flesh is used by others as a cover for self-serving actions that have nothing to do with Israel. Israel is in such a poor economic state that it will do anything those benefactors with cash want it to do.

    The problem is that, for the first time, the ancient (circa XIX Century) Zionist dream of a GREATER ISRAEL between the Nile and Euphrates is dead, primarily because the “Jewish Homeland” concept is running out of takers. 75% of Jews deem Israel a nice place to visit but not to live, preferring their native Diaspora homelands instead. Meanwhile, Israelis are leaving Israel in droves seeking futures like those of the Diasporics. Of the Haredis who pioneer the settlements, 75% said they would accept any other relocation in Israel in order to get off of the firing line colonizing Palestinian lands so long as it is comparable to the houses given them free at US taxpayer’s expense. Yet, 30% of these “New Jews” declared in a poll that if Iran gets nukes they will move back to the Diaspora immediately.

    The cynical Zionist leaders know full well that only the Holocaust made Israel possible so they now seek at least an American Krystalnacht so all Jews will stampede in fear with all their assets to Israel. That’s why Israel is pushing Diaspora Jews to defend criminal acts: to force a goyim backlash as Diaspora Jews defend its crimes at their peril. After all, in 2002 Sharon declared that any Jew who does not move permanently to Israel by 2020 will lose his Jewish soul and we’re getting close. The Zionists WANT a KRYSTALNACH because the Zionist idea of a “nation of the Jews” is fading because Jews just love it in nations of equality for the goyim and themselves. Zionism is dead except for a few for whom it means all their mensch-hood issues; but they’re all old men who themselves wouldn’t leave their mansions to live in Israel. US cannot afford anymore suicide-inducement of Muslims, driven by neocon propaganda and Obama knows it. Much in the way of theatrics will occur but Iran’s nuclearization will no more be stopped than Israel’s. Then, if smart, Israel can offer the Arabs a nuclear umbrella in exchange for full diplomatic recognition and integration into the region. That would reverse the Jewish abandonment of Israel.

  19. rduanewilling on the 05. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Which half of the brain is turned off with this war talk? You have to know that if Iran is attacked the response will be nuclear weapons. How many weapons are needed for how many fleets and bases. What if no targets are hit in Israel? I will wager that Iran has a full arsenal already targeted. Think about it. Nukes technology is 60 years old. Any technical society in need of a nuke can build one or its modern day equivalent. Let us get real people? rdw

  20. Cold Wind on the 05. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Obviously, there is no justification for the US to attack Iran or for our Government to permit an Israeli attack. Israel is not the United States of America!

    If orders are given to members of the US Military to attack Iran, we the American people would hope these orders would not be carried out–for surely our Republic (let alone Israel) will not survive the ensuing world war.

    Is America prepared to risk everything for the sake of a malefic Israel? Will our military cooperate in the destruction of our republic and all we hold dear for the sake of an ambitious Israel?

  21. G Street on the 05. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “If further proof of American political support for Netanyahu were needed, it was manifest when Senators McCain, Lieberman, and Graham visited Israel during the second week of July.”

    Seems this was between the time when Obama was being criticized for not being sufficiently pro-Israel and Netanyahu’s visit. Now I thought it was protocol for politicians to not criticize the President abroad about foreign affairs. For this trio to rush over and undercut policy like this might have, in the past, would have been a story in itself. Then add the 47 Republicans signers to inconditional support for Israel and it is clear what is in play here. It’s the same has it’s been every election: It’s the two-party auction, the competition to say which one will provide Israel with more in return for campaign money and favorable media.

    I recognize the names of the VIPS writing this warning to Obama because they also tried to stop the trumped-up cause for war with Iraq. We know how that turned out. It was a good effort, but the politicians stayed true to the groove they are run in. I’m afraid nothing has changed on that account.

  22. Earlaiman on the 05. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    WWIII

    This has been a long time in planning and setting up, and is rapidly approaching the point beyond which it will be impossible to stop or divert it.

    Any attempt to slow or stop it will only aggravate and accelerate the problem and bring it on sooner rather than later.

    I doubt the dire words of caution, warning and prophecy we read in the heat of today will have any more effect than the “I told you so’s” which will rise from the ashes of tomorrow.

    Earlaiman said that!

  23. rexw on the 05. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Paul,

    I also am a non-American.

    I never cease to be disgusted with the phrasing of comments about Israel; opinions tentative as though waiting for approval, extremely cautious and pathetically timid.
    If it’s a public servant such as the CIA director, it’s because he values the continuity of his job. If it’s a politician it’s because he wants to keep his warm seat in Congress.
    But do Americans ever read what they say in public?
    Most comments are almost nauseous in their submission to the parasitic state in all it says, every nuance agreed to almost immediately.
    Why is it so?

    However, it is gratifying to see the level of comment on this most important article above and may it continue to raise the awareness of the people until the grassroots see that they also are under threat by an evil empire full of malice and hatred and controlling the very country in which they live.

    Let us hope that the great disappointment of 2010, Barak Obama, reads the rational comment from these people who have nothing to gain by their efforts except preserving a country that they can probably still remember as respected and worthy.

  24. rexw on the 06. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    I also meant to address the fact that as a close ally of the US, we would be drawn into any conflict that involved any country in which the US has a disagreement. That’s the way it has been for as long as I can remember.

    I have a strong feeling that this is about to end as there are many here who would gladly support Iran in this one-sided Israeli-inspired dalliance into yet another international war.

    It seems to me that too many countries are now seeing US for what it is, a tool of the evil Israel who are without question, the most hated country on the planet.
    It would take little effort for this point to be made clearly to the apathetic voters of the world. I am certain for example that the UK and Canada have a clear understanding of the devious goings-on and as a result, strong feelings against such a foolish move.

    Even with the Jewish-owned press, and the distasteful attitudes of Murdoch, Fox and those other sycophantic owners/networks, the public would become quickly aware of the circumstances surrounding Israel’s manipulative actions an action that would impact the whole world.

    The world is tiring of the US and its unwillingness to see things as they really are. What a pathetic country it has now become.

  25. Earlaiman on the 06. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Winston Churchill once said (presumably in early December, 1941), “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing… after they have tried and failed at all else.”

    He was probably right!

    But, if they try Iran they will not only fail, but there will be nothing left with which to do “the right thing,” no one left to do it, and nowhere left in which it could be done. And, certainly, no one to do it to!

    Has no one in America read Pyrrhus of Epirus on the futility of war?

    Ezra Pound, a great American, was once declared insane and imprisoned by his own government for having said “the right things” at a right an critical time. One of the things he said was:

    Cantico del Sole

    The thought of what America would be like
    If the Classics had a wide circulation
    Troubles my sleep,
    The thought of what America,
    The thought of what America, The thought of what America would be like
    If the Classics had a wide circulation
    Troubles my sleep.
    Nunc dimittis, now lettest thou thy servant,
    Now lettest thou thy servant
    Depart in peace.
    The thought of what America,
    The thought of what America,
    The thought of what America would be like
    If the Classics had a wide circulation…
    Oh well!
    It troubles my sleep.

    –Ezra Pound

    Of course, he was also declared a “traitor to his Nation” for what he thought and said, and no “right thinking” Red-White-and-Blue-blooded Red-Necked American would read the words of a “traitor” now, would they?

    Earlaiman

  26. Michael J Volz on the 07. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Who edits and removes comments on this site and why?
    Nothing I said was improper!

    Mike

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