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Making The Middle East Safe For Iran

Ayatollah Khamanei
Over the weekend The New York Times took a break from promoting lies about President Donald Trump to publish an astonishing trove of secret documents from the Iranian intelligence services. The leaked cables detail the extent to which Iraq has fallen under Iranian influence since the American invasion in 2003, which transformed Iraq into a gateway for Iranian power, connecting the Islamic Republic’s geography of dominance from the shores of the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea.

In other words, what the documents really show is that some 4,500 American dead and $2 trillion were sacrificed on the altar of the incompetence and arrogance of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The archive, first sent to Glen Greenwald’s The Intercept, is made up of hundreds of reports and cables written mainly in 2014 and 2015 by officers of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, or M.O.I.S., who were serving in the field in Iraq.

According to the report by Tim Arango, James Risen, Farnaz Fassihi, Ronen Bergman and Murtaza Hussain, the intelligence ministry, Iran’s version of the C.I.A., has a reputation as an analytical and professional agency, but it is overshadowed and often overruled by its more ideological counterpart, the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which was formally established as an independent entity in 2009 at the order of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The trove of leaked Iranian intelligence reports largely confirms what has been kept from the American people but has long been known in the American intelligence community about Iran’s firm grip on Iraqi politics.

The reports reveal far more than was previously understood about the extent to which Iran and the United States have used Iraq as a staging area for their spy games. And report Arango, Risen, Fassihi, Bergman and Hussain, the documents show how Iran, at nearly every turn, has outmaneuvered the United States in the contest for influence.

According to the reports, after Obama’s troop withdrawal in 2011, Iran moved quickly to add former C.I.A. informants to its payroll. One undated section of an intelligence ministry cable also shows that Iran began the process of recruiting a spy inside the State Department. It is unclear what came of the recruitment effort, but according to the files, Iran had started meeting with the source, and offered to reward the potential asset with a salary, gold coins and other gifts. The State Department official is not named in the cable, but the person is described as someone who would be able to provide “intelligence insights into the U.S. government’s plans in Iraq, whether it is for dealing with ISIS or any other covert operations.”

“The subject’s incentive in collaborating will be financial,” reported Arango, Risen, Fassihi, Bergman and Hussain.

The documents do not reveal whether this recruitment effort was successful, and the State Department refused to comment on it for Arango, Risen, Fassihi, Bergman and Hussain’s report.

Credible national security professionals, such as our friends Michael Ledeen and Frank Gaffney, LTG Michael Flynn, Fred Fleitz, Clare Lopez and the late Admiral Ace Lyons, have spent years explaining what Iran has been doing to win the war it has declared on us – mostly to no avail in the face of opposition from the arrogant and incompetent architects of the failures detailed in Arango, Risen, Fassihi, Bergman and Hussain’s reporting.

We’ve documented that arrogance and incompetence in such articles as: On Iran Trump’s Advisors Offer Dumb And Dumber Options,  Will Trump Cave to McMaster, Tillerson and Mattis on Obamabomb Deal? And exhaustively in  Countdown To Get Us Out Of The Obamabomb Deal With Iran and, Even UN Says Iran Not Complying With Obama Nuclear Weapons DealConservative National Security Experts Urge President Trump to Withdraw From Obama's Nuclear Deal With IranPresident Trump’s UN Speech vs. Action On Iran And North Korea and If North Korea Has Miniature Nukes, So Does Iran.

Michael Ledeen told Sean Hannity back in 2007, “…what I have argued for all along is that we started in the wrong place, it should have been Iran and not Iraq and the methods used should have been political and not military and that the primary method for dealing with Iran, and I've been saying that all along, too, should be support domestic democratic revolution.”

And the faint item of good news in the trove of leaked documents is there is also confirmation of the fragility of the Iranian regime and that its hold and influence in southern Iraq is very tenuous, making Ledeen’s 30-year long pleas for intelligence operations to spark political change in Iran seem ripe for implementation.

As we have explained on numerous occasions Iran has declared war on America and the West, so whether we wish it, or not, we are in a war with the Islamic Republic, and whether we wish it, or not, one of the principle battlefields in that war is Iraq – where Arango, Risen, Fassihi, Bergman and Hussain’s reporting seems to confirm we are losing.

As Michael Ledeen has made clear in countless articles and two books, it doesn’t have to be that way, however, “Fighting back against Iran is difficult and costly. No American president from Carter to Obama has been willing to take it on.”

Perhaps after the revelations in the documents reported on by Arango, Risen, Fassihi, Bergman and Hussain, President Trump will recognize that Iran’s successful prosecution of the war it declared on America and the West is largely due to the incompetence and arrogance of previous Presidents and their advisors and he will be the historic figure willing to take on, and win, the fight.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for former Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

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