- WASHINGTON, DC --
News of the investigation of Larry Franklin, a middle-level functionary
working for the Wolfowitz-Feith-Luti-Shulsky clique in the Pentagon, indicates
that we are now approaching a critical choice-point on the road to war
with Iran, and towards a synthetic terrorism attack inside the US which
would be used as an additional pretext to start such a war.
- The probe of an Israeli mole in the Pentagon was made
public by CBS news last Friday evening. The Saturday edition of the Washington
Post named Larry Franklin as being identified by sources as the person
under investigation. In Sunday,s Washington Post, it was confirmed that
Lawrence A. Franklin was the person at the center of investigation.
- As seen in the excerpt below, this same Larry Franklin
was named in my June 6 news release, "Rogue Bush Backers Prepare Super
9-11 False Flag Terror Attacks. Franklin was indicated as one of the vulnerable
links in the neocon network which finds itself in a hysterical flight forward
to try to salvage the debacle of their Iraq war by expanding that war to
neighboring countries, notably Iran. The threat of a new round of "own
goal synthetic terrorism, quite possibly in the ABC dimension, was linked
to the preparation of that wider war. The logic at work was that of an
"October surprise, this time on the scale adequate to shock the post
- The best working hypothesis to understand the new mole
investigation is that neocon networks in the Pentagon may be very close
to embroiling the United States in a war with Iran. This would likely come
as an Israeli or US pre-emptive bombing attack on Iran,s nuclear facilities,
possibly combined with a terrorist attack inside the US using weapons of
mass destruction, which the corporate controlled media would immediately
blame on Iran.
- Whatever forces are behind the naming of Franklin, it
must be assumed that their main aim is to break up neocon preparations
for a surprise attack on Iran, which the neocons have been boasting about
in the media with special emphasis for some weeks. Backing the Franklin
probe may well be military factions who have no desire to be fed into the
Iranian meatgrinder, and who not fancy neocon fascist dictatorship. The
immediate goal would be to knock Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Feith, Bolton, Rice,
Abrams and their cheering section in the media and think-tanks onto the
defensive. While the exposure of Franklin is a positive step, it is far
from decisive, and the neocons are still in a position to unleash the dogs
of war over the next days and weeks.
- We are therefore now most probably on the brink of war
with Iran, and at the same time entering a period of steadily increasing
danger of synthetic terrorism designed to steal or cancel the November
elections, and thus freeze the current neocon clique in power for the foreseeable
future. The calculation of the rogue network operating behind the scenes
is evidently that terrorism taking place a few days before the elections
will stampede the electorate to support Bush, while terrorism well in advance
of the elections will give the public time to recover enough to advance
recriminations and demands for accountability on the part of the administration.
We are now entering the time frame when the terrorist controllers can expect
the maximum impact of their handiwork, either in stampeding the electorate,
or in calling off the elections completely.
- OCTOBER SURPRISE IN SEPTEMBER?
- On August 19, Martin Sieff of UPI warned: "Forget
an October Surprise, a much worse one could come in September: Full-scale
war between the United States and Iran may be far closer than the American
public might imagine.
- Sieff quoted remarks made by Iranian Defense Minister
Ali Shamkhani on August 18 which bluntly warned that if Iranian military
commanders believed the United States were serious about attacking Iran
to destroy its nuclear power facility at Bushehr, or to topple its Islamic
theocratic form of government, the Iranian military would not sit back
passively and wait for the U.S. armed forces to strike the first blow,
as President Saddam Hussein in neighboring Iraq did in March 2003. They
would strike first.
- "We will not sit to wait for what others will do
to us," Shamkhani told al-Jazeera. "Some military commanders
in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk
about are not their monopoly," he added. With this, the Iran-Iraq
border became a new line of hair-trigger confrontation in the restless
war agitation of the neocons.
- One day earlier, neocon Undersecretary of State for Arms
Control and International Security John Bolton told an audience at the
Hudson Institute in Washington that it was imperative that the Iranian
nuclear program be brought before the U.N. Security Council. "To fail
to do so would risk sending a signal to would-be proliferators that there
are no serious consequences for pursuing secret nuclear weapons programs,"
said Bolton. "We cannot let Iran, a leading sponsor of international
terrorism, acquire nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to Europe,
most of central Asia and the Middle East, or beyond," Bolton added.
"Without serious, concerted, immediate intervention by the international
community, Iran will be well on the road to doing so." Similar threatening
noises have come from Condoleezza Rice at the Bush National Security Council.
- Iranian public opinion had been shocked by a raving,
psychotic column by Charles Krauthammer in the July 23 Washington Post:
Krauthammer wrote: "The long awaited revolution (in Iran) is not happening.
Which [makes] the question of pre-emptive attack all the more urgent. If
nothing is done, a fanatical terrorist regime openly dedicated to the destruction
of 'the Great Satan' will have both nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver
them. All that stands between us and that is either revolution or pre-emptive
attack." Iranian observers compared this to the US propaganda campaign
which had preceded the attack on Iraq.
- US FORCES IN IRAK AS HOSTAGES TO IRAN
- Competent US military commanders dread the prospect of
war with Iran. Iran is four times the area of Iraq, and has three times
the population. Its infrastructure was not destroyed during the Kuwait
war in the way that Iraq,s was, and Iran has not been subjected to 13 years
of crippling UN sanctions on everything, including food and medicine. The
Iranian military forces are intact. In case of war, Iran could be expected
to use all means ranging from ballistic missile attacks on US and Israeli
bases to asymmetrical warfare. The situation of the US forces already in
Iraq could quickly become extraordinarily critical. Shamkhani alluded to
this prospect when he said that "The U.S. military presence will not
become an element of strength at our expense. The opposite is true because
their forces would turn into a hostage."
- For purposes of analogy, the Iraq war so far could be
compared to the first months of the Korean War, from June to November 1950.
By provoking Iran to go beyond logistical support for guerrillas and the
sending of volunteers, and come into the war with both feet, the neocons
would be inviting a repeat of the Chinese intervention and the disastrous
US retreat south from the Yalu to south of Seoul, which still stands as
the longest retreat in US military history. Just as Chinese entry into
the Korean conflict in late November 1950 created a wholly new and wider
war, Iranian entry into the US-Iraq war would have similarly incalculable
consequences. The choices might quickly narrow to the large-scale use of
nuclear weapons or defeat for the current US hollow army of just 10 divisions.
- ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS WORLD WAR III
- In the case of Iran, the use of nuclear weapons by the
US would have a dangerous complication: Iran is an important neighbor and
trading partner of the Russian Federation, which is helping with Iran,s
nuclear power reactor program. The threatened US/Israeli raid on Iran might
kill Russian citizens as well. Such a US attack on Iran might prod the
Russian government into drawing its own line in the sand, rather than sitting
idle as the tide of US aggression swept closer and closer to Russia,s borders,
as one country after another in central Asia was occupied. In other words,
a US attack on Iran bids fair to be the opening of World War III, making
explicit was already implicit in the invasion of Iraq. The Iran war project
of the neocons is the very midsummer of madness, and it must be stopped.
- War with Iran means a military draft, just for starters.
If Iran can close the Straits of Hormuz, it might mean rationing of food
and fuel. Bloated speculative financial structures could hardly survive.
- The Israeli mole investigation seeks to explore the intersection
of the Valerie Plame affair, the Chalabi affair, the Niger yellowcake forged
documents scandal, and some key policy documents passed to the Israelis.
According to a CIA veteran interviewed by CNN, the probe reaches into the
National Security Council as well as the Pentagon. On June 6, I had identified
Larry Franklin in these terms:
- At the root of the Valerie Plame affair is the role of
her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, in refuting the baseless claim that
Iraq had sought to purchase uranium yellowcake from Niger. This story was
buttresses by documents which turned out to be forged. A prime suspect
in this regard is Ledeen, and the accusation is made more plausible because
the faked documents first surfaced in Rome, where Ledeen possesses extensive
contacts. A federal grand jury is probing this matter. Ledeen, like so
many Bush officials, is an alumnus of the 1980s George H. W. Bush-Poindexter-Abrams-Oliver
North Iran-contra gun-running and drug-running scandal, and appears to
have mobilized these networks as part of the post 9-11 assault on Iraq.
In December 2001, Ledeen moved to revive the Iran connection, setting up
a meeting between two Pentagon civilian neo-cons and Manucher Ghorbanifar,
an Iranian arms dealer whom the CIA called a criminal and liar. Three days
of meetings in Rome involved Harold Rhode, Larry Franklin, Ghorbanifar,
and two unnamed officials of the Iranian regime. After the conquest of
Iraq, Rhode was sent to Baghdad as the contact point between the Office
of Special Plans and Chalabi. Ghorbanifar, in a Dec. 22, 2003 interview
with Newsweek's Mark Hosenball, reported that he maintained contact with
Rhode and Franklin "five or six times a week through June 2003, when
he had a second meeting with Rhode in Paris. This back channel to the Iranians
is now also under intense scrutiny.
- In the June 6 release, I also showed that, for Bush,
the notion of a confrontation with Iran was closely linked to the hypothesis
of a new wave of synthetic terrorism. I pointed in this context to a key
speech in which Bush had escalated his threat of both:
- A dramatic turning point on the way to the current emergency
came on April 21, when Bush delivered two speeches which represented a
palpable escalation of the tone of his usual demagogy of terrorism and
fear. In the afternoon, he assured the Newspaper Association of America,
composed of newspaper editors, that Iran "will be dealt with if they
pursue a nuclear development program. Bush went on to characterize the
United States as "a battlefield in the war on terror. He was at pains
to build up the stature of Al-Qaeda, whose members he emphatically characterized
as "smarttoughand sophisticated. Because the terrorists are so formidable,
Bush said the United States "is a hard country to defend. Our intelligence
is good. It,s just never perfect, is the problem. We are disrupting some
cells here in America. We,re chasing people down. But it is we,ve got a
big country. Later, Bush spoke to the same themes at a closed-door gathering
at the White House: "...On Tuesday evening, Bush told Republican congressional
leaders during a meeting at the White House that it was all but certain
that terrorists would attempt a major attack on the United States before
the election, according to a congressional aide. The leaders were struck
by Bush's definitiveness and gravity, the aide said... (Washington Post,
April 22, 2004)
- The general thesis of the June 6 release was this:
- Washington DC, June 6 Intelligence patterns monitored
here now point conclusively to the grave threat of an imminent new round
of ABC (atomic-bacteriological-chemical) terror attacks in the United States,
Great Britain, Canada, and possibly other nations. These attacks could
include nuclear detonations, radiological dirty bombs, poison gas and other
chemical weapons, or biological agents, to be unleashed in such urban settings
as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Vancouver BC, or
London. The goal of these operations would be to produce a worldwide shock
several orders of magnitude greater than the original 9-11, with a view
to stopping the collapse of the Bush administration, the Wall Street-centered
financial structures, and the US-UK strategic position generally. The attacks
would be attributed by US/UK intelligence to controlled patsy terrorist
groups who would be linked by the media to countries like Iran, Syria,
Cuba, North Korea, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia, thus setting these states up
for attack. The organizers of the attacks would in reality be substantially
the same secret command cell in the United States which set up the 9-11
events and its associated networks, which has been able to continue in
operation because of the abject failure of all 9-11 investigations to date
to identify it. These forces are now in a desperate flight forward to escape
from their current increasingly grim position. Their goal is now to establish
a neocon fascist dictatorship in the United States, complete with martial
law, special tribunals, press and media censorship, and the full pervasive
apparatus of the modern police state.
- As of the end of August, 2004, this threat is now more
urgent than ever.
- These issues will be discussed in my upcoming book, 9/11
Synthetic Terrorism: The Myth of the Twenty-First Century, to be published
by Progressive Press. For information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To read the full text of the June 6 release, "Rogue
Bush Backers Prepare Super 9-11 False Flag Terror Attacks,aaa' please go