Though secret operations against Iran are not a new event, a Presidential Finding from last year documents a request from President Bush for Congress to greatly expand U.S. covert operations in Iran. The 400 million dollar request outlines a plan to destabilize Iran’s current government and religious leadership, and gather more information on the country’s nuclear program.
The scuttlebutt here seems to be along a couple of different avenues. Some are reporting this may well be the initial preparations for war against Iran, and claims have been made that the operations have expanded well beyond their original specifications contained in the Presidential Finding – mainly alluding to the alleged involvement of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). And then, on the political front, this may indicate a possible Democratic Party split in philosophy, as the original New Yorker article mentions key Democratic Congress members were willing to vote in secret for approving financing for the Finding, while their party’s presidential candidate Barack Obama favors diplomacy and leader-to-leader talks. In all this, a question has to be asked: If these covert operations result in some sort of hostile Iranian retaliation, what will the U.S. response be?
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