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Secy. Clinton Says Iran Headed For Military Dictatorship

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By Sherwood Ross

Well may Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warn students in Qatar that "Iran is moving toward a military dictatorship." She is, after all, an authority on the subject, representing a country where the Pentagon has long been ascendant. Her comment was followed up by Robert Gibbs, President Obama's press secretary, who, at a February 16th news conference refused to deny the possibility of the U.S. taking military action against Iran, stating, "I wouldn't rule out anything." As anti-war activist David Swanson of AfterDowningStreet points out, this is "a public threat to engage in aggressive war"" The Charter of the United Nations forbids such threats, of course.

Writing for "Truthout," Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, of Washington, D.C., believes Ms. Clinton's intent "is to promote conflict and to convince Americans that Iran is an actual threat to their security." This has long been Clinton's policy. During her presidential bid in 2008 she said she would be willing to use nuclear weapons against Iran if that country launched a nuclear attack on Israel.

Ms. Clinton finds it convenient to ring the fire bell warning that Iran is developing its first nuclear device when the U.S. is sitting on a stockpile of 12,000 such bombs, and ally Israel----which has rejected international monitoring and controls of its atomic arsenal---has an estimated 200 nukes. Former President Jimmy Carter writes "the United States has become the prime culprit in global nuclear proliferation"---yet, incredibly, Ms. Clinton is threatening Iran on this very issue.

Does Ms. Clinton expect gullible Americans to believe Iran might commit national suicide if it actually did make a nuclear weapon (Iran claims the development is for peaceful purposes) and then launched it in a war against Israel? Not only does Israel's military power dwarf Iran, which has a military budget is $18 billion, but USA with an annual warfare budget of $700 billion, arms, equips, and stands right behind Israel.

Instead of worrying that Iran is becoming a military dictatorship, Ms. Clinton might compare Iran's "aggressive" policies with those of her own country.

First off, Iran's army has not invaded Mexico on the lie that Mexico had WMD that threatened Iran, half way across the world. Nor has Iran invaded Canada on grounds Canada allowed terrorists there to train to attack Iran. However, the U.S. has invaded two of Iran's neighbors, Afghanistan to the East and Iraq to the West on just such flimsy excuses. The Pentagon has also pressured a third Iranian neighbor, Pakistan, to allow it to operate in that country. Iranians might be pardoned for suspecting the U.S. deployment represents a geographic pincer operation.

Secondly, while Iran is not known to have infiltrated any Imperial Guards into the USA, the Pentagon's Special Forces have been "on the ground" in Iran since at least the Summer of 2004, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh wrote in The New Yorker. Hersh said then President Bush's Pentagon scouts were marking down the location of military installations and quoted one Pentagon consultant as telling him, "The civilians in the Pentagon want to go into Iran and destroy as much of the military infrastructure as possible." It might also be recalled the CIA overthrew the elected government of Iran in 1953 and installed a dictatorship.

As if its roughly 1,000 military bases in the United States aren't enough, the Pentagon has established 800 bases in 130 nations to project its power around the world. Very revealing is its refusal to return to their native populations the islands of Okinawa in the Pacific and Diego Garcia in Indian ocean.

The Pentagon operates 11 giant aircraft carriers and 11 amphibious assault ships as part of its nearly 300-ship fleet. These intimidating floating bases are armed with tactical nuclear weapons that can be delivered by some of its 3,700 warplanes to any point in the globe. It also operates 70 attack submarines to project its power globally. With its 500,000 personnel, the U.S. Navy is larger than that of the next 13 countries combined.

The Pentagon continues its risky, germ warfare research program. Since October, 2001, a compliant Congress has voted roughly $50 billion for this purpose in the absence of any threat from a foreign country. The only significant anthrax attack on the U.S.---against two liberal U.S. Senators and some media personnel---was found to originate from the Ft. Detrick, Md., a Pentagon installation. No trials ever resulted.

The Pentagon not only operates spy satellites to provide it with universal real-time information, it is also in violation of U.S. treaty obligations against militarizing space with a variety of schemes in the works, including deadly laser beams and the so-called "Rods From God" that can hurl non-nuclear devastation down upon any location on the planet. The Pentagon plays a prominent role among the nation's 16 intelligence agencies, which employ an estimated 200,000 workers at a cost of $75 billion a year.

The Pentagon commonly has about $1 trillion in new death weapons' research underway at any given time. Much of the best scientific talent in the country is being devoted to death science that is offensive, not defensive. Imagine how this money might be spent devoted to medical science!

The Pentagon is training security forces in scores of nations. Through its infamous School of the Americas it taught torture techniques to Latin military personnel. It has worked actively with numerous dictatorships that suppress the liberties of their people, such as the Kopassus Red Berets of Indonesia, the unit that ravaged East Timor.

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Sherwood Ross worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News and contributed a regular "Workplace" column for Reuters. He has contributed to national magazines and hosted a talk show on WOL, Washington, D.C. In the Sixties he was active as public (more...)
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