In the recently published thriller, The
Shell Game, Steve Alten weaves a tale of a neoconservative
plot to attack Iran. To overcome resistance, a black op group associated with a
Republican administration arranges for nuclear devices to be exploded in two
American cities, with planted evidence pointing to Iran.
Recent developments make one wonder if fact is following
The Bush regime�s propaganda against Iran is going full
blast and obviously has a purpose. The foreign press reports that the reason
for Cheney�s latest trip abroad is to cajole, threaten, and purchase support
for a US attack on Iran.
The Israeli government continues to see an Iranian nuclear
weapon on the horizon and to agitate for US action against Iran.
According to John McGlynn in Japan Focus(March
22, 2008), the Bush regime is already attacking Iran with Treasury Department
actions to cut off Iran�s banking system from all international banking
relationships, thereby preventing Iran from importing and exporting. McGlynn
calls the US Treasury�s action a "US declaration of war on Iran."
Cheney�s trip shows that the Bush regime is undeterred by
Intelligence Estimate�s conclusion that Iran abandoned several years ago
any nuclear weapons program that it might have had. The International Atomic
Energy Agency has never found evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Despite all the facts and without evidence, the Bush Regime continues to assert
that Iran has a nuclear weapons program that warrants an American attack on
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of US forces in Iraq and a
member of the Cheney/neocon team, blamed Easter Sunday�s bombardment of the
"secure" Green Zone in Baghdad on Iran. Petraeus says the attack is
violation of promises made by President Ahmadinejad and the other most senior
Iranian leaders." Petraeus�s claims are part of the neocon propaganda
campaign to build support for an attack on Iran.
Central Command chief Admiral William Fallon is reported to
have declared that there would be no attack on Iran on his watch. With his recent
resignation effective the end of March, Fallon has been moved out of the
picture. According to news
reports, Fallon derided Petraeus as a "sycophant" and told him to
his face that he considered him to be "an ass-kissing little
That it is Fallon who is gone and the ass-kissing little
chickens--t who remains tells you all you need to know about the US military
under the Cheney/Bush/neocon regime. It is an ass-kissing, yes boss, military.
On his website, University of Michigan professor and Middle
East expert Juan Cole has an article
by Vanity Fair contributing editor Craig Unger, author of The
Fall of the House of Bush. Unger makes the point that the US
attack on Iraq was not the result of "mistaken intelligence." It was
a direct result of a plot by neoconservative conspirators, who fabricated
"evidence" and spread propaganda that deceived Congress, the media,
and the American people.
A conspiracy that would launch a war on the basis of forged
"intelligence" and false allegations is a conspiracy that believes
strongly in its agenda. Such a conspiracy would not be content with only
partial achievement of its agenda. As we should all know by now, the
neoconservative agenda is for the US to overthrow Iraq, Iran, and Syria at a
minimum. As neoconservative Norman
Podhoretz has formulated the agenda, the goal is to overthrow the regimes
in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan in addition, and to clear Hezbollah out of
The difficulties of securing Iraq and Afghanistan have not
dented the neocons� faith in their agenda, but time might be running out for
the neocons if we assume that Bush will step down and not utter the two words
-- catastrophic emergency -- that transform him into a dictator, and that a war
weary voting public will not elect "Bomb bomb bomb Iran" McCain.
A McCain presidency would give the neocons four more years
to orchestrate an attack on Iran. Jeffery St. Clair in CounterPunch, March 24, notes that
Hillary�s vaulting ambition could cause her to split and defeat the Democrats
by playing the race card against Obama so that she can run against McCain in
four years before she is too old for the game.
Conspirators willing to launch an invasion of a country on
false pretenses would not hesitate to pull off a false flag event if it would
further their agenda. The massive human, financial and diplomatic cost of the
Iraq invasion is a good indication that neoconservatives are willing for
America to pay any price for establishing their agenda of achieving
American/Israeli hegemony over the Middle East.
We will likely never know, but a neoconservative false flag
operation might lie behind what appears to have been the accidental poisoning
of Alexander Litvinenko
by a rare and tightly controlled radioactive isotope, polonium-210. Litvinenko,
a former member of KGB counterintelligence, operated in the shadowy world of
"security consultants" on a fake passport given to him by the British
government. Litvinenko left Russia when his patron, oligarch Boris Berezovsky,
fled to escape fraud charges.
The British government and websites financed by Berezovsky blamed Litvinenko�s
mysterious death on the Russian Federal Security Service, which allegedly
sent an agent to put polonium-210 in Litvinenko�s tea. On its face, the tale is
far-fetched, but it served to divert attention from the fact that polonium-210
had somehow got into private hands.
Where had the polonium come from? No one knows, but nuclear
physicist Gordon Prather noted at the time that Litvinenko had recently been to
Israel and that Israel�s nuclear reactors are not subject to international
For what purpose was polonium being smuggled? No one knows,
but Prather notes that polonium-210 has a short shelf-life that would turn any
stored weapon into a dud within months.
According to knowledgeable people, polonium-210 would be
useful for a dirty bomb that would do little real damage but would create
enough fear and hysteria for the neocons to start another war.
Steve Alten was more alert than the media. He saw what might
be the real story behind Litvinenko�s death by polonium-210. Realizing that
fantasy is one route by which Americans can be brought to the facts, and hoping
to preclude any such real world event, Alten wrote a thriller predictive of our
future between now and 2012.Paul
Craig Roberts [email him] was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan�s first term. He
was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center forStrategic
and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by
French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of