Ex-Bush Iran official: US seeks pretext for conflict with Iran
Monday February 12, 2007
A former top Bush administration official for Persian Gulf affairs has said in an interview this morning on CNN that the US may be trying to spark a conflict with Iran.
Hillary Mann is the former National Security Council Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Affairs. She warned in the interview that the recent flare up between Iran and the US over the former’s alleged assistance to Shi’a militias results from a US desire to provoke conflict with the Iranians.
Exclusive Commentary IRAN REDO?
By Christopher Dickey Newsweek
Updated: 3:45 p.m.
Feb. 12, 2007 – During America’s last and largely forgotten war with Iran, in 1987 and 1988, music meant a lot to those of us in the middle of the action. American warships had deployed in force to the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. Ostensibly they were there to protect Kuwaiti oil tankers from marauding Iranian frigates and speedboats, but in fact they were backing Saddam Hussein in the seemingly endless Iran-Iraq war. “Somebody’s gonna hurt someone, before the night is through,” The Eagles had sung in “Heartache Tonight,” which became a kind of anthem to reporters covering the war. “Somebody’s gonna come undone, there’s nothin’ we can do.”
AND FROM THE MARCH ISSUE OF VANITY FAIR:
….the vice president’s daughter Elizabeth Cheney, who—as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs and coordinator for broader Middle East and North Africa initiatives—plays a key role in the Bush administration’s policy in the region. According to the Financial Times, Elizabeth Cheney, who has been on maternity leave since May, had supervised the State Department’s Iran-Syria Operations Group, created last spring to plot a strategy to democratize those two “rogue” states. One of her responsibilities was to oversee a projected $85 million program to produce anti-Iran propaganda and support dissidents.