Tuesday, August 03, 2004

The Texas City Sun: Iran has run one of the most masterful intelligence operations in history

The Texas City Sun: "The Other Side: Election hinges on Iraq

By Richard Kirkpatrick

Published August 03, 2004

As expected, the Democratic nominees for president and VP, John Kerry and John Edwards, enjoyed a bump in pre-election polling of likely voters.

The polling samples were taken within hours following the Democratic Convention. New poll numbers show likely voters prefer Kerry-Edwards over Bush-Cheney by a bump of 4 to 6 percent, depending on the poll. Still, many students of presidential elections caution that this 2004 election could be as close as the 2000 and that Ralph Nader could still be a factor. Republicans certainly hope so.

Regardless, this corner believes that in the end, this election will turn on Bush’s ability or inability to establish calm in Iraq and an end to all the reports of the unnecessary deaths of American soldiers stationed in Iraq.

Our Commander in Chief declared an end to hostilities Iraq 16 months ago aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln where he, dressed in military flight garb and accompanied by his political “brain” Karl Rove, stood under a banner declaring “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq.

And since President Bush landed on the Lincoln (while it was anchored just seven miles off the west coast where San Diego harbor lights could be seen in the background), the lives of nearly 1,000 American soldiers have been unnecessarily sacrificed. And an end to American military occupation and the accompanying sacrifice of its sons and daughters is nowhere in sight.

G.W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz have no clue about winning Iraqi peace. But with revelations of the con job done on the CIA and this administration by former-expatriate Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, Bush is red faced, and as an American, I am personally embarrassed.

Chalabi passed highly classified information to Iran. Now the question is: How did Chalabi get his hands on highly classified information? When the story ultimately comes out, we may see that Iran has run one of the most masterful intelligence operations in history. Some believe that, through Chalabi, Iran persuaded the U.S. and Britain to dispose of its greatest enemy, Iraq and Saddam Hussein.

Former State Department counter-terrorism official Larry Johnson declared recently that “some intelligence officials now believe that Iran used the hawks in the Pentagon and the White House to get rid of a hostile neighbor, Iraq.” Amed Chalabi was paid millions upon millions of U.S. tax dollars (yours and mine). Not only did Chalabi convince the Bush and Cheney, etc., that Iraq had WMD, Chalabi even said he knew exactly where they could found.

And if that does not raise solemn thought, the following should raise your eyebrows.

On the topic of the unbelievable, last year Tom Ames of the Washington Post wrote in the Post, “Imagine our surprise … to read in the Israeli paper Haaretz (online), that Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Abu Mazen, meeting recently with militants to enlist their support for a truce with Israel, said that, when they met in Aqaba, President Bush had told him this: ‘God told me to strike at al-Qaeda, and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam …, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me, I will act, and if not, the elections will come, and I will have to focus on the election.’”

Ames followed with this observation, “So who needs to find WMD or a link with al Qaeda when the orders come from The Highest Authority?” Assuming the truth of Ames story, these guys, Bush and Cheney, really are frightening.

And finally, this.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney have repeatedly promised America that they would get their record deficits under control. Last year, President Bush said, “My administration firmly believes in controlling the deficit and reducing it.” But instead, the Associated Press reports the government will project “that this year’s federal deficit will exceed $420 billion,” an all-time record. Was Kerry’s vote against an unfunded $87 billion improper or prudent? Or should there be modification of the giant tax break Bush promised and granted to America’s rich-upon-richest upper 1 percent of America’s income beneficiaries?

Richard Kirkpatrick is a regular guest columnist to the Sun."


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