Worlds Greatest Espionage Caper
I used to love the old Mission Impossible show. Half of the IMF (Impossible Mission Forces) team would assume fake identities and work their way into the inner circle of some corrupt leader. The other half would work behind the scenes and plant evidence or use technical tricks to back up their story. As soon as the target swallowed the bait, the IMF team would disappear. IMF would always end up getting the result they wanted - without pulling a single trigger.
That was a TV show in the '60s. It seems that we've had a remake in the 21st century - only this time it's real. This time around it isn't Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) and the Impossible Mission Forces (IMF). Instead it's Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress (INC). The US didn't launch this mission. Iran did. And Bush and the neocons got duped.
Think about it. Iran went to war with Iraq, spent millions, lost thousands of troops and had nothing to show for it. So instead of defeating Saddam by initiating a new war, they fought a war by proxy. They defeated Saddam without buying weapons or losing a drop of blood. They can thank Ahmed Chalabi - the double agent who scammed the neocons. His scam was so brilliant that his operation even got funding from Congress. Had he not been caught passing administration-supplied US secrets to Iran, he would have been first in line for the presidency of a US-controlled Iraq!
So, where did the US get the information that Iraq had WMDs and connections to al Qaeda? Chalabi, of course. He fed the neocons (and the NY Times) exactly what they wanted to hear. The administration bought this claptrap while they ignored the weapons inspectors and US intelligence itself. Just look at how they treated Joseph Wilson for debunking bogus information.
BTW, the 9-11 Commission confirmed that Iran has had connections to al Qaeda since 1991. I wonder how many of the secrets that the Bush administration willingly gave to Chalabi ended up in al Qaeda's hands? Nice job, George.
I have good news for people who want war against Iran. That's exactly what this war has morphed into. Initially it was against the Ba'athists. Now it's against Iraq's Shia majority. Iran supports the Shias. Why wouldn't they? Iran is 90% Shia. Goodbye Saddam, hello theocracy.
Iran now has half of their reward - Saddam and the Ba'athists are history. If the Shias can take control, Iran gets all of the marbles. A few hundred tons of explosives in Shia hands makes their job even easier. I wonder if the location of the explosives was part of the info leaked to Chalabi?
Face it, the neocons have been scammed to a level beyond anything the Mission Impossible writers ever imagined.
Maybe that's why Hasan Rowhani, the head of Iran's security council, recently told the media that Tehran endorses the re-election of George W. Bush. They don't want a smart guy like Kerry running the country. They want a patsy like Bush - a man who can fall for the scam of the century and be too stupid to realize it. No mistakes, George? C'mon.
I don't think that the Mission Impossible team ever purposefully left the corrupt leader in power to setup a future, bigger plot. It's an episode that I hope that we will never see.