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June 5, 2008

Iran Wins

-- by Dave Johnson

OK I'm just back from Puerto Rico, and will be writing a lot more about labor and the SEIU. But tonite, through Atrios, this: Did Iranian agents dupe Pentagon officials?

Defense Department counterintelligence investigators suspected that Iranian exiles who provided dubious intelligence on Iraq and Iran to a small group of Pentagon officials might have "been used as agents of a foreign intelligence service ... to reach into and influence the highest levels of the U.S. government," a Senate Intelligence Committee report said Thursday.

A top aide to then-secretary of defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, however, shut down the 2003 investigation into the Pentagon officials' activities after only a month, and the Defense Department's top brass never followed up on the investigators' recommendation for a more thorough investigation, the Senate report said.

The revelation raises questions about whether Iran may have used a small cabal of officials in the Pentagon and in Vice President Dick Cheney's office to feed bogus intelligence on Iraq and Iran to senior policymakers in the Bush administration who were eager to oust the Iraqi dictator.

Iran, which was a mortal enemy of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and fought a bloody eight-year war with Iraq during his reign, has been the primary beneficiary of U.S. policy in Iraq, where Iranian-backed groups now run much of the government and the security forces.

A top aide shut down the investigation? How many other investigations of Republican wrongdoing have also been shut down?

Go read it, it is fascinating. The whole Bush crowd of dumb clucks, getting used by Iranian intelligence who understood just how to play them.

Posted by Dave Johnson at June 5, 2008 9:56 PM

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The "foreign intelligence agency" is a reference to Israel, not Iran, you morons. The Israelis were trying to get the US to attack Iraq, so the used Ghrobanifar to funnel fake intelligence to help the NeoCons make their case.

Posted by: hass at June 6, 2008 5:39 AM

... seems like the more unstable the Middle East is at this point, the higher the price of oil goes, and the more money the Iranians and all of the OPEC members make.

Seems like the best form of economic warfare the Isrealis could engage in would be to make peace with the Palestinians - the oil bubble would pop like a rotten balloon and suddenly the rest of the Middle East would be (at least temporarily).

Posted by: Thomas Leavitt at June 8, 2008 8:17 AM

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