August 19, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Like old times: Feith, Ghorbanifar plot Iranian regime change !?!?

This Is Rumor Control - INTEL ALERT: Iraq Official Confirms Iran Arms Story follows up a piece I linked to last week about possible Iranian involvement in Iraq. Yep, they're finding Iranian weapons.

Now, as a Rabinista I'm partial to concerns about Iran; undercutting Iranian regional dominance and weapons development was a major rationale for Rabin's peace initiatives back in '92.

However, I'd like to see Iran be successfully pushed off the anti-Israel, anti-American path -- even if using outre' tactics as engagement and negotiation -- rather than witness the sort of principled, pompous, loud, clumsy, clubfooted, ultimately ineffective posturing and bloodshed that we've seen of late in the Middle East.

Which is why the following excerpt from the Rumor Control article linked to above is the most chilling:

On August 9, Newsday's Knut Royce reported that Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Douglas Feith, met with Iranian arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar for the ostensible purpose of antagonizing Iran "so that they get frustrated and then by their reactions harden U.S. policy against them." Feith refused to comment on the meetings. Royce reported that the meetings were not authorized by the White House. Even so, a Pentagon official said that the purpose of the meetings was to bring about "a change of government in Iran." The report received "a lot of attention in Tehran," an intelligence official who served in that country claims.
Look: I'd like to think that Feith knows what he's doing. I'd like to think that Republican operatives know how to deal with Ghorbanifar. It's just that I don't like to ignore all the evidence of past failures and foreign policy fubars. TrackBack