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Petraeus Testimony Next Week Will Signal Iran Attack

11 April, 2008

By Paul Craig Roberts


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The London Telegraph reported that “British officials gave warning yesterday that America’s commander in Iraq will declare that Iran is waging war against the US-backed Baghdad government. 

A strong statement from General David Petraeus about Iran’s intervention in Iraq could set the stage for a US attack on Iranian military facilities, according to a Whitehall assessment.”   

The neocon lacky Petraeus has had his script written for him by Cheney, and Petraeus together with neocon warmonger Ryan Crocker, the US governor of the Green Zone in Baghdad, will present Congress next Tuesday and Wednesday with the lies, for which the road has been well paved by neocon propagandists such as Kimberly Kagan, that “the US must recognize that Iran is engaged in a full-up proxy war against it in Iraq.”

Don’t expect Congress to do anything except to egg on the attack.  On April 3 the International Herald Tribune reported that senators and representatives have made millions of dollars from their investments in defense companies totaling $196 million.  Rep. Ike Skelton, the Democrat chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is already on board with the attack on Iran.  The London Telegraph quotes Skelton: “Iran is the bull in the china shop.  In all of this, they seem to have links to all of the Shi’ite groups, whether they be political or military.”

All Skelton knows is what the war criminal Bush regime tells him.  If Iran really does have all these connections, then it behoves Washington to cease threatening Iran in order to stabilize Iraq and extract the US from the nightmare.

Reporting from Tehran on April 4, Reuters quotes Mohsen Hakim, whose father, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leads the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, an ally of the Maliki US puppet government in Iraq:  “Tehran, by using its positive influence on the Iraqi nation, paved the way for the return of peace to Iraq and the new situation is the result of Iran’s efforts.” 

Instead of thanking Iran and working with Iran diplomatically to restore stability to Iraq, the Bush regime intends to expand the nightmare with a military attack on Iran.  Ryan Crocker was quick to dispute Hakim’s report that Iran had used its influence to end the fighting in Basra.  Crocker alleged that Iran had started the fighting.  The absurdity of Crocker’s claim is obvious as even the neocon US media reported that the fighting in Basra was started by the US and Maliki in an effort to clear out the Shi’ite al-Sadr militias.  Most experts saw the attack on al-Sadr for what it was:  an effort to remove a potential threat to the US supply line from Kuwait in the event of a US attack on Iran.   

Crocker alleges that the rockets dropping on the Green Zone during the Basra fighting were made in 2007 in Iran.  As should be obvious even to disengaged Americans, if Iran were to arm the Iraqi insurgency, the insurgents would have modern weapons to counter US helicopter gunships and heavy tanks.  The insurgents have no such weapons.  The neocon lie that Iran is the cause of the Iraqi insurgency is just another Bush regime lie like the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and connections to al Qaeda and the lie that the Taliban in Afghanistan attacked the US. 

The Bush regime will tell any lie and orchestrate any event in order to “finish the job” in the Middle East.

 “Finishing the job,” means to destroy the ability of Iraq, Iran, and Syria to provide support for the Palestinians and for Hezbollah in southern Lebanon against Israeli aggression.  With Iraq and Iran in turmoil, Syria might simply give up and become another American client state.  With Iraq and Iran in turmoil, Israel can steal the rest of the West Bank along with the water resources in southern Lebanon.  That is what “the war on terror” is really about.

The entire world knows this.  Consequently, the US and Israel are essentially isolated.  The US can only count on the support that it can bribe and pay for. 

At the NATO-Russian summit in Bucharest, Romania, on April 4, Russian President Putin said: “No one can seriously think that Iran would dare attack the U.S.  Instead of pushing Iran into a corner, it would be far more sensible to think together how to help Iran become more predictable and transparent.”  Of course it would, but that is not what the warmonger Bush regime wants. 

Perhaps the British government has derailed the plot to attack Iran by leaking in advance to the London Telegraph the disinformation Cheney has prepared for Petraeus and Crocker to deliver to the complicit US Congress next Tuesday and Wednesday.  On the other hand, the US puppet media is likely to bury the real story and to trumpet Petraeus claims that Iran has, in effect, already declared war on the US by sending weapons to kill US troops in Iraq.

By next Thursday we will know from how the Petraeus-Crocker dog and pony show plays in the US Congress and media whether the Bush Regime will commit yet another war crime by attacking Iran.

End.

Reader Comments:

Nazi America

At the moment,there is no difference between Nazi Germany and America. Just as Hitler did not have any shortage of lies to attack other countries, Bush does not have any shortage of lies either. The American politicians and the media are equally guilty, they indirectly support Bush by not actively opposing him. The American media's ugly face has been exposed, it is not a free media, it's just a propaganda machine of the American administrations and Israel. This is the true face of America.

Tarek Masud, Bahrain - 11 April, 2008

media

The main instrument to defend and sell American wars is the American-Jewish lobby that has a tremendous influence and control over the American media - they simply twist the facts...

Tadit Kundu, Hungary - 11 April, 2008

The war mongers

MOST PEOPLE HAVE READ THE REPORT AND IT IS SCARY. WITH PEACE MINDED US COMMANDER GONE ANY THING CAN BE EXPECTED.

THE DANGER IS NOT JUST IRAN SPECIFIC, IT CAN BE MOST DESASTROUS OR EVEN WITH NON REPAIRABLE DAMAGE. THE FOLLOWING GLOBAL DISASTER OR EVEN ARMAGEDDON HAS BEEN PREDICTED IN VARIOUS PRESS MEDIA AS SUCH:

1. THE OIL PRICES COULD HIT 200-250 US DOLLARS PER BARREL WITH RESULTING 40 KG WHEAT FLOUR PRICES GOING AS HIGH AS 1500 RUPEES PER 40 KG BAG.
2. 3-5 MILLION IRANIANS COULD DIE WITH RADIATION FALL OUTS ENVELOPING INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH KILLING AND SERIOUSLY AILING SEVERAL MILLION PEOPLE.THERE WOULD BE WIDE SPREAD SOIL AND FOOD POISONING WITH RADIATION TO SEND ON GOING DEATH CHAIN IN SOUTH ASIA.
3. THE NEAR BY ARAB COUNTRIES WOULD SUFFER SIMILATR DAMAGES AND WORLD OIL SUPPLIES WILL GO OUT OF SERVICE WITH NO REMEDIATION.THE WORLD SIMPLY DOES NOT HAVE REMEDIATION ENGINEERING AND TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS WONT BE ABLE TO PUT THE WORLD BACK TO ITS FUNCTIONING.

LET US PRAY TO ALLAH TO SAVE OUR WORLD.

IT IS VERY HAPPY THING TO SEE NEW ELECTED GOVERNMENT IN PAKISTAN. THIS GOVERNMENT HAS BROUGHT THE NATION TO STAND ON PEACE FENCES.

THE PREDICTIONS ARE VERY SCARY IF SOME ONE IS HELL BENT TO ATTACK IRAN.THE ECONOMIES OF THE WEST WILL COLLAPSE BEYOND REPAIR.

AND CHINA COULD EMERGE AS THE NEW SOLE SUPER POWER IN THE WORLD MAINLY DUE TO BEING LEFT OUT AS LESS HURT ECONOMY.

PAKISTAN'S DEMOCRACY AND THE NATION'S PEACE HAS COME AT VERY RIGHT TIME.

Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 11 April, 2008

The Quixote Venturesome.

After having leased the two States of Afghanistan and Iraq from their proteges for
period of 99 years.This band
of forty thieves now have their eyes on Iran and Pakistan.Roaming freely in their straitjackets there is
no one to stop them from this
new misadventure.

Khalid Rahim, Canada - 12 April, 2008

Who is making money via invasion and mass killing?

Unashamedly one and only UK leader continues to earn
big wages for mass murder(hidden apparent and real)
in Iraq and elsewhere (even WTC) via influx of wealth
and via seminars.No names of victims had been published
in killing own folks to prepare for Iran attack.If world
was designed to with fake bible Torah and Quran to prop
up individuals of modern era Prophet then sure witches
and black magician even in Russia can get away.The
statement from General David Petraeus about Iran's
intervention in Iraq will prevent or stop looting and mass
killing in Iraq which likely could set the stage for a US UK
Contract killing millionaires (known as alqaeda illicitly)
will go on killing spree in Iran and the Umma world.

zb, Canada - 12 April, 2008

Signal Iran

Very nicely observed and written article about the intentions of US for waging a war on Iran. Making and finding an ugly excuse of committing yet another war crime by attacking Iran. US policies failed badly by attacking Iraq and going into Afghanistan. World opinion is gone against US and further involvement in a war with Iran is going to single out US and with the present economic set back to US is isolated enough and it would be difficult to open a third front with its forces overstretched. Iran is not like Iraq or Afghanistan but a very strong country with huge armies. Russia, China, India and some other countries would be compelled to involve themselves if US attacks on Iran. The economy of US is in a bad shape and it would not be wise to make it worst. American public is already going against such moves where they will lose jobs and trade would suffer.

Mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 12 April, 2008

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