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My Secret Plan to Overthrow the Mullahs
From Foreign Policy Magazine October 29, 2009 via The Woodward Report Blog ^ | October 29. 2009 | LARRY FRANKLIN

Posted on 10/29/2009 3:05:03 PM PDT by thisisthetime

It was late February 2003, a few weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and President George W. Bush's administration still lacked a real strategy for the would-be regional hegemon next door. As the Iran desk officer in the office of the secretary of defense, I felt desperate. We were about to invade Iraq without a definitive policy toward its most bitter foe. I feared a repeat of Vietnam and saw in Iran a new Ho Chi Minh Trail -- the enemy lifeline that snaked through Laos and Cambodia and helped dash U.S. hopes for Southeast Asia. I knew that the Islamic Republic would endeavor to replicate this disaster in the Middle East from the moment U.S. troops stormed Baghdad -- just as it had bloodied our noses in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, andelsewhere for decades.

In fact, I knew from my sources that Tehran had already prepared an entire network of operatives, proxies, and weapons ready to challenge the United States as soon as it toppled Saddam Hussein. I also knew it would be foolish to assume -- as many in the Bush administration did -- that Iraq's many pro-Iranian political and religious leaders could be trusted to cooperate with the United States' stated goal of building "a peaceful … democratic, and united Iraq." I had spoken with many of these people myself and was on friendly terms with the representatives of several prominent Shiite religious leaders. I was not an ideologue, and I spoke Farsi. I was steeped in Islamic culture and history. I suspected that many of these individuals were essentially Iranian agents -- including the opportunistic "man for all factions" Ahmad Chalabi, a suspicion eventually confirmed when I was later told he had encouraged the pro-Iranian Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to "dig in" against the U.S. Marines…

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; iraq; mullahs; war

1 posted on 10/29/2009 3:05:03 PM PDT by thisisthetime
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To: thisisthetime
My Secret Plan to Overthrow the Mullahs

I'm guessing Midnight Basketball(?)

2 posted on 10/29/2009 4:12:33 PM PDT by The Duke ("Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Democrat Party?")
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To: The Duke

My Secret Plan to Overthrow the Mullahs

but Bush wouldn’t let me. It’s all his fault.


3 posted on 10/29/2009 4:26:05 PM PDT by rj45mis
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