Wednesday, September 26, 2012

US Lobbyist Advocates Invading Iran and False Flags

And people wonder why I generally despise lobbyists -
Speaking at a Washington Institute for Near East Policy policy forum luncheon on “How to Build US-Israeli Coordination on Preventing an Iranian Nuclear Breakout,” WINEP director of research Patrick Clawson listed a raft of historical examples of where governments have either staged or exploited attacks in order to become embroiled in war.

Clawson is also a former senior economist with the IMF and the World Bank.

Lamenting how it is “Very hard for me to see how the United States President can get us to war with Iran,” Clawson added, “the traditional way [that] America gets to war is what would be best for U.S. interests.”

By the “traditional way,” Clawson clearly intimated that he thinks the U.S. should stage or provoke an attack in order to create a manufactured casus belli for striking Iran.

“We can do a variety of things to increase the pressure,” said Clawson as fellow attendees at the luncheon snickered, adding that sanctions are not the only option and that “we are in the game of using covert means against the Iranians, we could get nastier about it.”

“So, if in fact the Iranians aren’t going to compromise, it would be best if somebody else started the war,” Clawson said.

Mentioning an incident on August 17 when power cables serving the Fordow Enrichment Plant were severed by an explosion, Clawson stated, “Iranian submarines periodically go down, someday one of them might not come up – who would know why? – clearly hinting that the U.S. should attack Iranian ships in order to provoke a response. 

Reeling off a number of incidents that the U.S. President “had to wait for” before taking America to war, Clawson mentioned the Gulf of Tonkin, the Lusitania, the attack on the USS Maine, Pearl Harbor, as well as the attack on Fort Sumter during Abraham Lincoln’s tenure.

This is exactly the kind of garbage that I rail against on a regular basis. The Iranians are Persians, people much like you and I. I would argue that the presence of nuclear weapons has made the world safer, not worse off. The United States is the only country that has used a nuke on another country and yet we are led to believe that it's the other guys that are out of control. Who has invaded the most nations in the last 50 years? Who has slaughtered hundreds of thousands if not millions in the name of its own self-interests? Who is currently advocating a quasi-socialist/fascist system of government in which property rights do NOT exist?

The United States.

Personally, I believe if they haven't already, the Persians will develop nuclear weapons, if only for the sole purpose of keeping NATO OUT of their country. At this point, who could blame them!?!

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