US ACCUSED OF OUTSOURCING SPECIAL OPERATIONS TO TERRORIST GROUP USED BY SADDAM HUSSEIN
From Raw Story : "The Pentagon is bypassing official US intelligence channels and turning to a dangerous and unruly cast of characters in order to create strife in Iran in preparation for any possible attack, former and current intelligence officials say.
"One of the operational assets being used by the Defense Department is a right-wing terrorist organization known as Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), which is being 'run' in two southern regional areas of Iran...
"One former counterintelligence official....describes the Pentagon as pushing MEK shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The drive to use the insurgent group was said to have been advanced by the Pentagon under the influence of the Vice President’s office.....
"Indeed, Saddam Hussein himself had used the MEK for acts of terror against non-Sunni Muslims and had assigned domestic security detail to the MEK as a way of policing dissent among his own people."
“We are already at war,”a UN official told Raw Story.
"The Iranian authorities and elite are busy transferring their bank accounts from Europe to Asia, or to Switzerland....These are multi-billion sums. Many analysts see this as Tehran's precaution ahead of a potential armed clash with the U.S. and its allies..."
Russian Intelligence Expert Spells Out Possible End-Game Results For The US In Attacking Iran
"U.S. long-term goals in Iran are obvious: to engineer the downfall of the current regime, establish control over Iran's oil and gas, and use its territory as the shortest route for the U.S.-controlled transportation of hydrocarbons from the regions of Central Asia and the Caspian Sea bypassing Russia and China. This is not to mention Iran's intransient military and strategic significance."
Claim : Hundreds Of Iranian Targets Already In War Plan, US Troops On The Ground And Active
"The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Current and former American military and intelligence officials said that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups."
The Israel Lobby In The US Beating The Loudest Drums For War On Iran
"The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the premier Israel lobby group...has also been pushing hard on Capitol Hill for legislation to promote regime change (in Iran). Despite White House objections, the group has sought tough sanctions against foreign companies with investments in Iran."
The usual media suspects are demanding President Bush go to War On Iran now, not later, to stop the possibility of Iran developing nuclear weapons. From the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times, to the Weekly Standard and a veritable army of extreme rightist bloggers, the message is the same : "Don't wait for proof, strike now! Strike Now!'
But doubts about White House claims that Iran is developing nuclear weapons are widespread.