Monday, October 31, 2005


Iran, Iraq, And PNAC

Atrios points us to Kevin Drum's somewhat cautious reading of Nur al-Cubicle's translations of the explosive La Repubblica series of articles on such luminaries as Chalabi, Ghorbanifar, Ledeen, and Berlusconi. The short version: Iran pulled off the signal coup of getting its two worst enemies neutralized, simply by tricking the stronger one into attacking the weaker.

The central figure in this appears to be Manucher Ghorbanifar of Iran-Contra fame. He's also at the core of Able Danger.

For that reason, I hesitate to blame this on Iran. Ghorbanifar has gone beyond the double-agent, beyond the triple-agent to being someone no one knows who he is working for. Possibly the mullahs. Probably Manuchar Ghorbanifar. Maybe the Bush Family. And almost certainly for the pure anarchic joy of confusing everyone:

An exchange between Ledeen and Draper

Wikipedia on Ghorbanifar
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