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September 19, 2006

I Ran So Far Away


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Back in April, I asked the question “has the U.S. already invaded Iran?” At the time, all we had to go on was few articles making allegations that no other news stories followed up on.

Now, we’ve got a retired military colonel telling us that there is “overwhelming” evidence that the US is already operating in Iran, and has been for at least 18 months. He doesn’t argue that the US has invaded and that the assault is underway; he thinks that Special Forces have entered Iran to gather intelligence about the country’s nuclear program, and to forge ties with dissident groups for when the invasion does go down.

The colonel’s evidence is:

- “I asked an Iranian ambassador to the IAEA, ‘What’s this I hear about Americans being there?’ He said to me, ‘Well, we’ve captured some people who worked with them. We’ve confirmed that they’re there.’”

- “The House Committee on Emerging Threats tried to have a hearing some weeks ago in which they asked the Department of State and Defense to come and answer this question because it’s serious enough to be answered without congressional approval, and they didn’t come to the hearing.”

- “Sources suggest the plan is not in the Pentagon. The plan has gone to the White House. That’s not normal planning.
When the plan goes to the White House, that means we’ve gone to a different state.”

All that seems pretty circumstantial, but what he’s essentially saying “I know people who know things, and they all agree that this is probably what’s happening.”

What seems clear is that the Bush administration has never had any interest in negotiating with the Iranian government, any more than they wanted to negotiate with Iraq. I mean, the US keeps demanding that Iran stop its uranium enrichment program before negotiations begin. That’s Iran’s strongest bargaining chip, and the US won’t even talk until they give it up. No way would Iran give that up unless given something in return. In addition, everytime President Ahmednijad defies the US, his political power inside Iran grows. The US also wants to use econoic sanctions against Iran to “punish” the country for refusing to end its enrichment, but that is likely to cause the Iranian population to cluster around their leaders even more powerfullly. In other words, US actions seem destined to inflame and polarize, not bring about calm resolution.

The main hope right now seems to be that Europe (France in particular) can lure Iran to the negotiating table and make some progress to the extent that a US invasion would seem unnecessary. And at that point, BushCo revs up the propaganda and fear campaign and we’re all eating Freedom Fries again.

The neocons seem to truly think that there’s no problem that a little bombing can’t cure, and that the US is invincible. They keep this up, they’re going to get their “war of civilizations.”

Posted by Jake on September 19, 2006 8:29 pm

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