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Marshall Finally Speaks

on August 29, 2004

So after months of hinting that something big was in the wind, Josh Marshall & friends have broken their story. The thesis?

The DoD-Ghorbanifar meetings suggest the possibility that a rogue faction at the Pentagon was trying to work outside normal US foreign policy channels to advance a “regime change” agenda not approved by the president’s foreign policy principals or even the president himself.

I need to go dig into my library to confirm this (and it’s late Saturday night so I’m not going to do it now) but I have a recollection that Ghorbanifar did in fact have some sort of Israeli connection as well as being a player in Iran-Contra way back when. If I’m remembering correctly, then it’s quite possible that Mossad is involved in this whole DOD/intelligence passing mess and boy is that not good for the Jews.

All that said, this is not the “bombshell that’s going to rock Washington” that Marshall was promising, unless there’s more yet to come. Bummer.


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  1. LarryE says:

    There have been rumors for some time that Israeli intelligence was involved in building the case for war. For example, in July, 2003, the Guardian (UK), reporting on the Office of Special Plans, said

    “[t]he OSP … also forged close ties to a parallel, ad hoc intelligence operation inside Ariel Sharon’s office in Israel specifically to bypass Mossad and provide the Bush administration with more alarmist reports on Saddam’s Iraq than Mossad was prepared to authorise. …

    “The exchange of information continued a long-standing relationship Mr Feith and other Washington neo-conservatives had with Israel’s Likud party. …

    “The Israeli influence was revealed most clearly by a story floated by unnamed senior US officials in the American press, suggesting the reason that no banned weapons had been found in Iraq was that they had been smuggled into Syria. Intelligence sources say that the story came from the office of the Israeli prime minister.”

    However, notice that just like the OSP was intended to circumvent the usual intelligence agencies in the US, those Israelis functioned to get around Mossad.

    Sounds a lot like more “secret government” stuff ala contragate. In such a world, Ghorbanifar, who if memory serves did indeed at least claim some Israeli connections, would feel right at home serving as a conduit and fixer.

    Footnote: Your comments don’t seem to like hyperlinks, so I’ll put the url for the Guardian story here:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4714031-103681,00.html