Trump's new hawkish golden boy was pushing for war with Iran at least since 2003 through lies, dirty tricks, fabricated facts and propaganda
Being a member of the neocon sociopathic cabal, responsible for endless chaos and destruction around the world, Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, is expected to push for more wars and destruction. Speaking to Sharmini Peries and the Real News, investigative journalist, Gareth Porter, reveals the details of a Bolton's long record on pushing for war with Iran, even right after the US disastrous invasion in Iraq!
What is not really known well about John Bolton is that when he was undersecretary of state from 2003-2005 in the Bush administration, he was involved very deeply with Dick Cheney in carrying out a policy that was aimed at positioning the United States for a war against Iran that Dick Cheney was clearly very much not just in favor of, but it was really his idea in the first place. Dick Cheney was surrounded by people who were violently anti-Iran, and he was all on board for eventually going to war with Iran once the invasion and occupation of Iraq had been successful. So, John Bolton's role as undersecretary was largely to carry out a policy toward Iran and its nuclear program that would make it possible for the United States to be in a position politically and diplomatically to carry out the war that Dick Cheney wanted.
What Bolton did was to have a strategy that would move the Iranian file out of the IAEA and into the UN Security Council, where the United States had the power along with its European allies as long as it could bring them into line, to essentially accuse Iran of having a covert nuclear weapons program, which is what the IAEA at that point in 2003-2004 was unwilling to do. And so, Bolton was all about coming up with a scheme that would allow him to move the file to the UN Security Council.
What he did was to come up with a mysterious set of aerial photographs of a key military base in Iran where they were carrying out testing of conventional weapons. And various sites within that military reservation were depicted in these aerial photographs. Bolton went public through leaks to the networks, ABC in particular, and turning them over to the IAEA, claiming that these were pictures that showed that the Iranians were carrying out nuclear weapons-related testing in this military reservation. What the pictures actually showed - and they were on the ABC network and they were on the Internet later on, so, we've had an opportunity to see all these pictures - all they showed was places like bunkers which were used to test ordinary, conventional bombs.
But Bolton tried to turn this into an issue of the IAEA needs to go into this military reservation and investigate. Obviously, what he was hoping was that the Iranians would say no, you can't come into our very sensitive testing area and just muck around and look for yourself. Instead, the Iranians invited the IAEA to come in twice, not just once but twice, and looked at ten different sites of their own choice. And they, of course, found nothing. So Bolton's strategy was frustrated in 2003-2004.
But that was the first phase of what he tried to do.
The second phase, which is much more murky, was a phase that had to do with the Israeli contribution to the effort to accuse Iran of having a secret nuclear weapons program. And that took the form of leaking a set of documents, a whole cache of documents that were supposedly from this covert Iranian nuclear weapons research program. The documents which later on recalled, the laptop documents, were supposedly from the laptop computer of one of the Iranian participants in this program. And they supposedly fell into the hands of Western intelligence because this guy, his computer was stolen or fell into the hands of somebody else, and were turned over to Western intelligence.
But I found out from a former senior official of the German Foreign Office, who had been brought in by high officials of the German foreign intelligence agency, the Bundensachrichtendiest, that, they knew all about these documents, that they were upset that the US government was making a public issue of these documents as though it were evidence of an Iranian secret nuclear weapons program, because they had been given those documents by one of their sometime sources. An Iranian, obviously, who they didn't trust, because they knew that this person was a member of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, the Iranian anti-regime armed organization which had been used by the Saddam Hussein regime to make war against Iran, and then was used by Israel to make public information that the Israelis did not want associated with themselves.
So, there is a string of influence here which ties these very questionable documents which I reveal in my book to be fakes to the Mossad. Now, this goes back to the Bolton scheme because in 2003 and 2004 Bolton was taking unannounced trips to Israel which were not approved by the State Department's Regional Bureau, as is normally the case, and meeting with the head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, where no one was there to take notes, and to send a report on what was discussed back to the State Department. So, it was a secret between Bolton and Mossad.
Furthermore, Mossad created a new organization that was not made public - but it was revealed by two American journalists later on - which had the job of circulating information to the news media and to governments about the Iranian nuclear program.
Bolton just can't stop lying and pushing for war with Iran. Even after all his previous attempts failed, after fifteen years he is still pushing for war with Iran and North Korea! He is in a state of constant denial, still believing that the invasion in Iraq was a right decision! Even when ultra conservative Fox news goes against his arguments, he won't show a single sign of retreat against his warmongering positions. Just watch:
Recall that, Bolton is a member of the Council on Foreign relations, a foreign policy think tank. Dick Cheney is a member of the council and Hillary Clinton has lauded it for its leadership, which is guided by a litany of corporations, including Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Exxon Mobil Corporation.
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