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The Secret War: The New Neo-Conservatism Print E-mail
Written by S. M. Asadabadi   
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 21:06


It should not come as a surprise to see the once leftist, President Obama, move increasingly towards the right. The advocate of “change” who promoted peace and regression of American preemptive wars is a man of broken promises. As the 2012 presidential elections approach,  a more aggressive Obama has emerged.

The hawkish American Enterprise Institute, a bipartisan panel of high-profile pro-war intellectuals applauded Obama's actions thus far in Libya, while pressing him to move in a more neo-conservative direction if he wants to salvage the initiative.

Regime change godfather and fellow neocon, Paul Wolfowitz imagines the possibility of what he calls "catastrophic success.” Advocating regime change, Wolfowitz says, “Gaddafi's army was pathetic, a gang. The risk was that a failure to remove him outright would set up an unpredictable, unsustainable situation.”


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The Born-Again Neocon

Billy Kristol, another neocon and key Iraq war architect, praises Obama's recent actions and calls him a born again neocon.

Who’s Next Mr. President?
While pounding the war drums, the Neocons have come to the aid of President Obama. Daniel Pipes offered free advice to President Obama: if Obama wants to win reelection in 2012 he must be at war with Iran. Pat Buchanan writes:

Daniel Pipes in a National Review Online piece featured by the Jerusalem Post — “How to Save the Obama Presidency: Bomb Iran” — urges Obama to make a “dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him as a lightweight, bumbling ideologue” by ordering the U.S. military to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. 

Citing six polls, Pipes says Americans support an attack today and will “presumably rally around the flag” when the bombs fall.

Will Obama cynically yield to temptation, play the war card and make “conservatives swoon,” in Pipes’ phrase, to save himself and his party? We shall see.

There are many allegations made by Obama and Middle East critics such as Daniel Pipes concerning Iran. But is Obama looking to reconcile differences with Tehran? According to the former IAEA president and lead negotiator, Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei, he was “on the verge of a solution on several occasions” and politics always foiled the efforts. In particular, ElBaradei accused U.S. and European officials of withholding important documents. “They weren’t interested in a compromise with the government in Tehran, but regime change - by any means necessary,” reported ElBaradei. He also noted the difficulty of trying to broker talks under these circumstances.

Additionally, a concentrated effort is being made to build up the Iranian threat to security. This is all very reminiscent of the embellishments made before the Iraq war.

The Domestic Iranian "Terrorists"
On June 2006, Sayed Mousavi, a community leader at An Nabi Mosque in Southern California, was arrested at gunpoint as family members watched in despair. The government originally charged him with terror-related charges that were later dropped.  However, in October 2008 he was convicted of filing false tax returns, omitting information on naturalization forms and violating an economic embargo against Iran and sentenced to 33 months in prison. He was released on good behavior, having spent 29 months in solitary confinement at a federal prison. Many believed the charges were baseless and Mousavi was targeted because of his religion. On May 5, 2010 the Ninth District Court of Appeal overturned the circuit court jury conviction of the immigration charges, thus clearing his good name.

Similarly, spiritual and motivational speaker, Rafic Labboun from the Bay Area, was arrested by FBI agents on allegations of credit card fraud. During the trial, an obscure and baseless connection was made attempting to link him with Hasan Nasrullah of Hezbollah. On July 19, Labboun was sentenced to 27 months with 3 years probation and fined $100,000. Labboun and his attorneys plan to appeal.

In 2007, former member of Guyana’s parliament and mayor of Guyana’s second largest city, Linden, Abdul Kadir was arrested in Trinidad in connection with a plot to detonate jet-fuel supply tanks and pipelines at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Kadir was picked up while en route to Iran for an Islamic conference in the Shi'a city of Qom. Declaring his innocence, defense lawyers have denied their client is a militant and claim he was framed by a shady informant. Kadir was sentenced to life on December, 14, 2009.

This persecution was not limited to individuals, Last year, the US government seized four mosques and a skyscraper owned by the Alavi Foundation, an Islamic nonprofit organization in New York that federal prosecutors alleged was a front for the Iranian government. Federal prosecutors claim the foundation sent millions of dollars to Iran's Bank Melli and the US Treasury Department further claims that the bank is a key fundraising arm for Iran's nuclear program. Unconfirmed reports say a possible agreement is in the works in which the federal government will have an observant role over the foundation and have full disclosure of all its activities and those affiliated with the organization. 


Reportedly, several mosques in the country have been accused by federal prosecutors of laundering money to Iranian interests overseas when in fact they were supporting widows and orphans who have been victims of Al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Is the US Funding and Training Terrorists?

On July 15, twin suicide bombings rocked the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan while worshippers were attending ceremonies marking the birthday of Prophet Muhammad's grandson. Reuters reported:

At least 21 people, including members of the elite Revolutionary Guards, were killed and 100 wounded in suicide attack at a Shi'ite mosque in the southeast Iranian city of Zahedan on Thursday, Iranian media reported.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the two suicide bombings in front of Zahedan's Grand Mosque, although a lawmaker said he believed the Sunni rebel group Jundollah was behind the attack.

It is widely accepted that groups like Jundullah are being supported by the US as a covert operation to destabilize Iran is in the works.

The Secret War: Notable Jundullah Attacks (

In July 2004, Paul Wolfowitz, then U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, approached congressional rubber stampers and laid out the Administration's plan of supporting warlords, armed militias, and mercenaries with $500 million in seed money, arms and training. Bush's personal Janjaweed would be tasked to fight proxy wars on America's behalf. Those familiar with the directive found its content to be “unprecedented in its scope.” Andrew Cockburn from writes:

Bush's secret directive covers actions across a huge geographic area – from Lebanon to Afghanistan – but is also far more sweeping in the type of actions permitted under its guidelines – up to and including the assassination of targeted officials. This widened scope clears the way, for example, for full support for the military arms of Mujahedin-e Khalq, the cultish Iranian opposition group, despite its enduring position on the State Department's list of terrorist groups.

Similarly, covert funds can now flow without restriction to Jundullah, or "army of god," the militant Sunni group in Iranian Baluchistan – just across the Afghan border -- whose leader was featured not long ago on Dan Rather Reports cutting his brother-in-law's throat.

One of the more disturbing portions of the Bush directive is the Gestapo-style squashing of any opposition from within the US borders:

But Wolfowitz did reveal one original twist in Bush's plan: targeting the Homeland itself as a "terrorist sanctuary." In addition to losing his own personal Janjaweed on global hotspots, Bush is also seeking new powers to prevent anyone he designates a "terrorist" from "abusing the freedom of democratic societies" or "exploiting the technologies of communication" – i.e., defending themselves in court or logging on to the Internet. As AFP notes, Wolfowitz tactfully refrained from detailing just how the Regime intends to curb the dangerous use of American freedom, but he did allow that "difficult decisions" would be required.

Since getting approval on this plan, as mentioned earlier, several Iranian or Iran-leaning individuals and organizations have been subjected to harassment, forced exile, and prosecution. There is a rigid agenda that our government adheres to, one reeking of double standards and the systematic manipulation of our “liberties” according to what it deems convenient. Whether this manipulation is even constitutional or not is a question that has become lost in the abyss. Unfortunately, while this agenda becomes alarmingly more palpable, most of us continue to live our daily lives in complete oblivion. Little do most people recognize the fact that this new plan of targeting the homeland itself can affect any one of us at any given day or time. Without educating ourselves and creating awareness within the society at large, we are contributing to and indirectly aiding the grand plot of our political leaders.

This brings us to the next subject of this series of articles – the methods by which the government has been acquiring its intelligence. To help answer this question, we will examine Neocon activities during the Bush administration and in particular their relationship to the American Muslim communities and specifically the Sunni and Shi'a communities.



S. M. Asadabadi is an investigative blogger and activist. He currently resides in Cairo, Egypt




0 #5 Bintu Zaynab 2011-06-08 14:30
my understanding that Al Qaida are sunni, so what they are saying is that Iran with its Shi government are training sunni to kill Shi ???
Quoting Ali:
The article came out a day too soon. Just yesterday US government again tried to connect Iran and Al-Qaeda. In the report to the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, the strategic advisory firm Kronos highlighted what it says are increasingly strong links between the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps force and Al-Qaeda.

The report further and said Hezbollah trained members of Al-Qaeda.

Here are some more details:
+1 #4 SR 2011-05-17 15:21
When will the second part be released?!
+2 #3 Ali 2011-05-05 13:52
The article came out a day too soon. Just yesterday US government again tried to connect Iran and Al-Qaeda. In the report to the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, the strategic advisory firm Kronos highlighted what it says are increasingly strong links between the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps force and Al-Qaeda.

The report further and said Hezbollah trained members of Al-Qaeda.

Here are some more details:
0 #2 Sofia 2011-05-04 22:14
I really had no idea about this Jundullah group. A big thank you on the details and great way to end it too, leave us wanting more.
+2 #1 Sublime Reality 2011-05-04 16:04
I don't think Obama will attack Iran in his first term. He already took out Osama, that might help his shot for reelection. But by second term, there might not be a point. But judging past history, the Neocons are readying themselves who ever comes after Obama. This is what they did in Iraq too.

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