“Bush went absolutely ballistic,” when briefed by reports that Mossad was impersonating the CIA when recruiting Jondollah terrorists. This bit of old news comes from Mark Perry writing for Foreign Policy Magazine. The article follows efforts by the United States to distance itself from the assassination of Iran’s nuclear program employee, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.
“The report [about the impersonation] sparked White House concerns that Israel’s program was putting Americans at risk,” says an American intelligence officer quoted by Perry. Sure, the U.S. and Israel cooperated on Iran related covert operations, “…but this was different. No matter what anyone thinks, we’re not in the business of assassinating Iranian officials or killing Iranian civilians.” After George Bush left office, President Obama severely restricted covert operations with Israel, yet Jondollah continued its terrorist attacks inside Iran. In 2010, a Jondollah terrorist bomb killed 35 and injured over 100 Iranian civilians.
I believe the U.S. government when it says it was not involved in the Roshan assassination. CIA director Leon Panetta made the U.S. position clear by publicly stating last week that Iran is not trying to develop a nuclear weapon. But Israel believes otherwise. When Panetta was asked what if Israel took unilateral action, he said, “we would have to be prepared to protect our forces in that situation, and that’s what we would be concerned about.” In other words, the U.S. wouldn’t like that to happen. This was also a warning to the IRI to look carefully before it leaps to conclusions about U.S. involvement in the Roshan assassination. Wrongly retaliating against the U.S. would be a bad decision on IRI’s part.
Of course it will be difficult to tell a CIA agent from a Mossad agent impersonating a CIA agent. And if the U.S. does not help Iran out here, she will lose control of the situation even more than she has. One quoted intelligence officer in Perry’s article says, "It's amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with. Their [false flag] recruitment activities were nearly in the open.” There’s a chance that at some point the U.S. will get fed up enough to try to blow Israel’s false flag operation.
Fat chance? Maybe not. Here’s one final quote from an angry U.S. intelligence official: "Israel is supposed to be working with us, not against us. If they want to shed blood, it would help a lot if it was their blood and not ours. You know, they're supposed to be a strategic asset. Well, guess what? There are a lot of people now, important people, who just don't think that's true."
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