Rumours of War and other tales from Psy-Ops Central


Richard Moore

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(Yet More) Rumours of War and other tales from Psy-Ops Central
by William Bowles € Friday, 7 September 2007

³Reports that the Bush administration will put Iran's Islamic Revolutionary 
Guard Corps on the terrorism list can be read in one of two ways: It's either 
more bluster or, ominously, a wind-up for a strike on Iran. Officials I talk to 
in Washington vote for a hit on the IRGC, maybe within the next six months.² ‹ 
Robert Baer, a former high-ranking CIA field officer in the Middle East. [1]

It was early in 2006 when the first stories about an Œimminent¹ hit on Iran 
surfaced with everybody from Seymour Hersh to Michel Chossudovsky wading in with
the Œinside dope¹ on the impending attack. So was it just their timing that was 

Those of you who have read any of my ruminations on the topic will know how 
sceptical I felt, and still do feel about an Œimpending¹ strike, not because 
it¹s not on the cards, along no doubt with any other country that gets in the 
way of the US, but is this right time for it and, are other things afoot, and 
what if anything, can we do about it?

Look, whether viewed from a Left perspective or no perspective at all, the 
general feeling about US intentions and actions is akin to how anybody would 
feel if you woke up and found a 500 pound gorilla in your bed; there¹s not much 
you can do about it.

What differs are the reasons why, which is the really crucial aspect.

But I digress (somewhat), for one has to ask why, at very specific times these 
rumours of war surface? Where do they come from? And why are certain kinds of 
stories picked up by the MSM and others ignored?

Of course the Œcredibility¹ of the source has something to do with it, but much 
more important is the context, the setting for the story. It¹s worth comparing 
the two sets of rumours¹ timing: the last time, early in 2007 Œcoincided¹ with a
massive propaganda campaign around Iran¹s alleged nuclear ambitions and the US 
used the UN (via the International Atomic Energy Agency over which it had 
significant control) as its major propaganda vehicle.

The latest one by contrast, is a Œhome-grown¹ affair and comes at a time when US
control of the IAEA is not what is was, added to which there are deep divisions 
within the US ruling elite about how best to achieve their objectives (see PNAC 

³In August Š the Senate unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. 
Lieberman, I-Conn., accusing Iran of acts of war against the United States² [3]

Add the debacle of Iraq, where even the simplest of objectives; getting hold of 
the oil, seems even further away now than ever (this in spite of the fact that 
when the US invaded Iraq, it spared the oil ministry whilst deliberately 
dismantling the rest of the machinery of state).

The principle Œhook¹ on which the latest campaign is based, is not new (Iran¹s 
alleged interference in Iraq) but now it takes centre stage as the nuclear 
weapons excuse no longer works.

"We have in front of us an agreed work plan. We agreed on modalities on how to 
implement it. We have a timeline for the implementation." ‹ Olli Heinonen, 
deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran¹s compliance 
with the IAEA.[4]

And of course a compliant media responds just like Pavlov¹s dogs; after months 
of propaganda about the Iranian Œnuclear threat¹, the Œthreat¹ has disappeared 
from public view to be replaced by Iran¹s ³murderous intent².

Whenever the US goes on a propaganda offensive, stories that Œsurface¹ about 
imminent invasion, are part and parcel of the propaganda war, made all the more 
believable by the fact that all the pieces are in place (eg the 7th Fleet in the
Gulf etc) for just such a scenario.

For example, one of the current crop of stories Œdoing the rounds¹ concerns 
itself with details about targetting sites in Iran and another with US war 
preparations for the US Fleet in the Gulf. Both proved to be false, that is to 
say, be assured that the US has long had war plans for Iran, so why do these 
stories appear just now? (One was picked up by the Daily Kos and eventually 
denounced as a fake).[5]

One of the tactics used in Psy-ops (psychological warfare operations) is 
planting a story in an out-of-the-way place and wait for it to be Œdiscovered¹. 
This lends credence to the story as it appears to come from the Œhorses mouth¹. 
The ŒNiger Yellowcake¹ fake is a perfect example of how such stories get spread:
Œoriginating¹ from within the Italian secret service, the story actually came 
from Ahmed Chalabi¹s CIA-backed organisation, who fed it to the Italians, who in
turn fed it to both the UK and US intelligence agencies and thus on to the IAEA,
who promptly dismissed it as a crude fake. But the damage has been done; 
retractions never make the headlines. Timing is everything, the Niger Yellowcake
fake appeared just before Colin Powell¹s outrageous Powerpoint performance at 
the UN, which was so awful even Powell called it ³shit².

But nothing just Œhappens¹, forces have to be set in motion. There are fears to 
be created; rationales developed and importantly, Œfeelers¹ sent out via a 
complicit media to test the waters, gage public reactions to the idea. Lately, 
we¹ve had a rash of them appear [links], some plainly false, the rest? Well 
given all the firepower the US has in the Gulf (enough to take out the entire 
planet), it¹s not difficult to see all kinds of scenarios which could serve to 
unleash it.

³[This] administration or the next will likely face a terrible choice: appease a
nuclear Iran, or bomb it before their atomic weapons are ready to go.² ‹ Michael
Ledeen, [6]

Thus as the situation in Iraq goes from just plain bad to disastrous for the US,
with its major Œally¹ the UK, turning tail, it is necessary to create a 
diversion, thus ominous threats emerge in the form of Œeyewitness accounts¹ of 
war preparations.

Meanwhile, the BBC has been assailing us with endless accounts of Œour boys over
there¹ which is now being described in the following manner,

ŒSince the end of the war in April 2003, troops have been helping to restore 
essential infrastructure and services and provide security.¹ ‹ ŒWhere are 
British troops and why?

This is called cleaning up the mess left behind by these latter-day pirates of 
capital, turning the illegal invasion into a foreign aid exercise gone wrong and
to add insult to injury, when read in the context of the article it¹s the fault 
of the Iraqis that it has all gone wrong! ŒThose ungrateful Iraqis, here we are,
laying down our lives just for your benefit and this is how you treat us!¹, but 
this is what imperial hubris is all about.

US War Plans Are Nothing New

The US ruling class have spelt out their objectives many times in many official 
and quasi-official documents (eg, the Project for the New American Century) and 
the latest, published by the American Enterprise Institute titled ŒThe Iranian 
Time Bomb: The Mullah Zealots' Quest for Destruction¹ and authored by one of the
Œbrains¹ behind the invasion of Iraq, Michael Ledeen, former Iran-Contra player 
and convicted felon.[7]

³[T]he White House decision to designate at least elements of Iran's 
Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization, using the president's 
authority under a September 2001 executive order.² [8]

But such projects are years in the making and there are alternate scenarios to 
be developed because of course, reality intrudes, often in the most unwelcome 
manner, for example, Iraq and even though the occupation and its aftermath ranks
as a crime Œup there¹ with the very worst of the crimes committed by the Œusual 
suspects¹ over the centuries, the public have begrudgingly accepted it, mostly 
out of sheer ignorance of the facts (thanks to a lying mass media in cahoots 
with the state) and that anyway, there didn¹t appear to be any way of stopping 

Logic dictated that the invasion of 2003 would happen (short of a revolution aka
the 1974 Portugese ŒRevolution of the Flowers¹); you don¹t move an army of a 
quarter of a million all the way to the top of the hill and then turn around and
march all them down just for the hell of it.

But the old adage, Œonce bitten, twice shy¹ would seem to be applicable here. 
Given what an obvious disaster the occupation of Iraq is, especially from a 
propaganda perspective with all the lies that got exposed in the run-up and 
after, to the invasion, that selling yet another obvious disaster is proving to 
be extremely difficult, added to which there are divisions in the ranks, both 
literally and figuratively, as to the best way to Œtake out¹ those damn Iranians
and their dumb idea that they should be left alone to conduct their own affairs.


1. See ŒA Sept. rollout for Iran war¹, by David Isenberg, Washington (UPI) Sept.
5, 2007

2. ibid

3. See ŒWe Are Going To Hit Iran. Bigtime¹ by Maccabee, Sat Sep 01, 2007. The 
story was then picked up by the Daily Kos who in turn published retractions and 
explanations, here and here

4. See Note 1
5. See Note 1

6. See ŒOil and security for Iraq investors¹ by Ben Lando, Dubai, United Arab 
Emirates, Sept. 5, 2007.

7. See the following PDF files: ŒRebuilding America¹s Defenses¹, and ŒThe 
National Security Strategy of the United States of America¹ and Vision 20/20.

8. See Note 1
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