Have we heard this one before?

The U.S. is ramping up covert operation inside Iran, essentially trying to lay the groundwork for an inevitable invasion there as well.? It’s been rumored that Pres. Bush wants to invade the country before the end of his Presidency, especially if it looks as if Sen. Obama is going to win the White House and put his administration in a difficult place.? On the other hand, if McCain wins then he knows his lacky will carry out his policies.

Yay for that.? This bit of news comes from one of the last great journalists, Seymour Hirsch (he who uncovered Abu Graib) in an article for this week’s New Yorker.? It’s thought that it will be Israel bombing Iran in the beginning and that the US would come to its aid.? Where the extra troops would come from … who knows?

Being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer, Hersch said, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have rejected findings from U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran has halted a clandestine effort to build a nuclear bomb and that they “do not want to leave Iran in place with a nuclear program.”

Hmmm… so they are once again basing decisions on their own internal logic rather than the facts that are presented to them.

Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of ?high-value targets? in the President?s war on terror, who may be captured or killed. But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials. Many of these activities are not specified in the new Finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature.

Under federal law, a Presidential Finding, which is highly classified, must be issued when a covert intelligence operation gets under way and, at a minimum, must be made known to Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and the Senate and to the ranking members of their respective intelligence committees?the so-called Gang of Eight. Money for the operation can then be reprogrammed from previous appropriations, as needed, by the relevant congressional committees, which also can be briefed.

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