Obama Administration Escalates Confrontation With Iran: Why?

Iran / USAMark Weisbrot writes for the Center for Economic and Policy Research:

The Obama Administration announced two weeks ago that a bumbling Iranian-American used car salesman had conspired with a U.S. government agent posing as a representative of Mexican drug cartels to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington. This brought highly skeptical reactions from experts here across the political spectrum.

But even if some of this tale turns out to be true, the handling of such accusations is inherently political. For example, the U.S.  government’s 9/11 commission investigated the links between the attackers and the Saudi ruling family, but refused to make public the results of that investigation. The reason is obvious: There is dirt there and Washington doesn’t want to create friction with a key ally. And keep in mind that this is about complicity with an attack on American soil that killed 3,000 people.

By contrast, the Obama Administration seized upon the rather dubious speculation that “the highest levels of the Iranian government” were involved in this alleged plot.  President Obama announced that “all options are on the table,” which is well-known code for possible military action. This is extremist and dangerous rhetoric.

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49 Responses to Obama Administration Escalates Confrontation With Iran: Why?

  1. GoodDoktorBad October 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Who needs “terrorists” that say “death to America”? 

    America is suicidal….

    • Chaorder Gradient October 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

      i thought that was obvious by now

      • GoodDoktorBad October 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

        All wisdom is hidden in plain sight…

  2. Anonymous October 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Who needs “terrorists” that say “death to America”? 

    America is suicidal….

  3. MetalMonkey October 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    i figured it was just a distraction from the “fast and furious” fiasco

    • Jonathan Fields October 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      I’m curious, how do you think they manufacture this kind of thing? Perhaps a big list of people who 
      can potentially be set up? How would they compile such a list?

      • Redacted October 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

        Dart board and some photos.

        • GoodDoktorBad October 29, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

          Hilarious and frightening….

        • E.B. Wolf October 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

          Shhhhh! That’s classified information.

  4. MetalMonkey October 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    i figured it was just a distraction from the “fast and furious” fiasco

  5. Frank W October 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    Oil.

  6. Frank W October 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Oil.

  7. Anarchy Pony October 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    The empire is flailing wildly now. Swinging at and clawing at almost everything it can to try to prop itself up.

  8. Anti-Citizen1 October 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    The empire is flailing wildly now. Swinging at and clawing at almost everything it can to try to prop itself up.

  9. olloloo October 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    It’s not Obama’s fault!  How is he supposed to do his job when everyone is criticizing him?

    • cakey pig October 30, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      Awwww poor wittle Obama-wama. I feel so sowwy for him. Boo-hoo.

  10. olloloo October 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    It’s not Obama’s fault!  How is he supposed to do his job when everyone is criticizing him?

  11. Wildbilldonovan October 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    The good ol’ CIA getting caught with their hand in the cookie jar.   Here’s the skinny …at least in my book.  The CIA most likely conspired with that ruling Arab Family for 9-11.  After all you gotta make sure everyone’s on the same page, especially if you are going to blame Middle Easterners for 9-11.  Now someone in that Arab family is threatening spill the beans on the whole gig.  So expect a major ‘hit’ to go down in the coming days/and or weeks. And expect to go down like the Enron exec who mysteriously dies in skiing accident, or Madoff’s son supposedly hanging himself. 

    • Anti-Crowley October 31, 2011 at 9:23 am #

      If you are right and 9/11 was an inside job, then nobody will be more disappointed then the several millions of Muslims in the MiddleEast who partied in the streets that day.  Study the history of Lebanon, Turkey, Cyprus, Sudan ect.  These radicals really do have designs of world domination and they have a science behind it.  First subvert the country by establishing protections against Muslims through political action, then increase the number of Muslims in that country through concentrated districts, work Muslim representatives into government (usually through a Muslim party of some kind) then establish Sharia Law.  They think in terms of generations, and it works.  Londonistan is at a very advanced stage in this process right now.

  12. Wildbilldonovan October 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    The good ol’ CIA getting caught with their hand in the cookie jar.   Here’s the skinny …at least in my book.  The CIA most likely conspired with that ruling Arab Family for 9-11.  After all you gotta make sure everyone’s on the same page, especially if you are going to blame Middle Easterners for 9-11.  Now someone in that Arab family is threatening spill the beans on the whole gig.  So expect a major ‘hit’ to go down in the coming days/and or weeks. And expect to go down like the Enron exec who mysteriously dies in skiing accident, or Madoff’s son supposedly hanging himself. 

  13. Chaorder Gradient October 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    i thought that was obvious by now

  14. Jonathan Fields October 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    I’m curious, how do you think they manufacture this kind of thing? Perhaps a big list of people who 
    can potentially be set up? How would they compile such a list?

  15. Anonymous October 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    All wisdom is hidden in plain sight…

  16. Anonymous October 30, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Dart board and some photos.

  17. Anonymous October 30, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    Hilarious and frightening….

  18. Raz October 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    In the fall of imperialistic countries the empire aways get more and more bloodthristy trying to prove to itself that it is still in power!!! I dont think oil and money matters anymore to them anymore, just the very idea the they are all powerfull and can do it all and they are trying to keep this delusion forever!!!

    • Dip Buyer October 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

      The British empire went down with war, but not outright belligerence like this. Not only that, they were smart enough to link up with and support their successors who helped them tremendously.  It’s really shameful for Americans to let this continue and the true cost will be devastating. Such is the fate of a captured government and complacent/complicit people.

  19. Raz October 30, 2011 at 2:47 am #

    In the fall of imperialistic countries the empire aways get more and more bloodthristy trying to prove to itself that it is still in power!!! I dont think oil and money matters anymore to them anymore, just the very idea the they are all powerfull and can do it all and they are trying to keep this delusion forever!!!

  20. Anti-Crowley October 30, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    The Iranians are toiling against the Saudi royal family because they are effectually the leaders of the Sunni world.  They also have deeply “disgraced” Islam by becoming rich off the West.  Iran fancies itself the leader of the Shia world and wants (along with Turkey) to establish the Calafate and rule all the Islamic nations.  Its not a coincidence that all of the countries that are being overthrown through revolution have taken a stance against the Muslim Brotherhood, who have been the biggest proponents of the Calafate since the 50′s.  You watch, Iran will strike Arabia severely in the future and Turkey will bring forth the “Mahdi” to gain alegance of both Sunni and Shia.  If we think that Islam is dangerous now, wait until all of them feel they need to take over the world as is foretold by the prophecies of the Quran and Hadiths concerning the Mahdi and Isa.

  21. Anti-Crowley October 30, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    The Iranians are toiling against the Saudi royal family because they are effectually the leaders of the Sunni world.  They also have deeply “disgraced” Islam by becoming rich off the West.  Iran fancies itself the leader of the Shia world and wants (along with Turkey) to establish the Calafate and rule all the Islamic nations.  Its not a coincidence that all of the countries that are being overthrown through revolution have taken a stance against the Muslim Brotherhood, who have been the biggest proponents of the Calafate since the 50′s.  You watch, Iran will strike Arabia severely in the future and Turkey will bring forth the “Mahdi” to gain alegance of both Sunni and Shia.  If we think that Islam is dangerous now, wait until all of them feel they need to take over the world as is foretold by the prophecies of the Quran and Hadiths concerning the Mahdi and Isa.

    • GoodDoktorBad October 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      Bang, bang, boom boom, die, die, etc. etc. The routine of man is so boring and banal…. how the hell can people stand themselves? Maybe that’s the problem. They can’t….

      • Anti-Crowley October 31, 2011 at 9:13 am #

        Unfortunately the future threat of nuclear war if Iran obtains them would certainly be disastrous.  Winston Churchill was accused of Naziphobia, was he unjust in his concern for the rising radicals under the Reich?  Though it is a noble cause (World peace) it is a bit adolescent, Fundamental Islam cannot be reasoned with and has all the warning signs of the Nazis leading up to WWII.  If we could go back in time, should we have been a little more proactive against Hitler?  If you need a litmus test, go to Mecca and announce that you are a Jew and see what happens.  What on Earth has Israel ever done to Iran that justifies the hatred spewing from the mouth of the Grand Ayatollah’s regime there?  It is simple, the Quran and Hadiths demand that Israel be wiped out in order to bring the Mahdi.  History will judge our lack of action against these radical nations.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do October 31, 2011 at 12:14 am #

      “wait until all of them feel they need to take over the world as is foretold by the prophecies” – Sounds like christianity, although chistianity has done a better job of it.

      • Anti-Crowley October 31, 2011 at 3:06 am #

        Are you one of those who still whine about Crusades and Byzantines as if you were being oppressed by them?  Romans conquered under a Pagan flag, the Ottomans under Islam, The Japanese under their Emperor, Pol Pot under his own name, same with Stalin.  If your big problem is that the USA gained their dominance under the flag of Christendom then I say…your welcome.

  22. Anonymous October 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Awwww poor wittle Obama-wama. I feel so sowwy for him. Boo-hoo.

  23. E.B. Wolf October 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Shhhhh! That’s classified information.

  24. Anonymous October 31, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    Bang, bang, boom boom, die, die, etc. etc. The routine of man is so boring and banal…. how the hell can people stand themselves? Maybe that’s the problem. They can’t….

  25. Monkey See Monkey Do October 31, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    “wait until all of them feel they need to take over the world as is foretold by the prophecies” – Sounds like christianity, although chistianity has done a better job of it.

  26. Anti-Crowley October 31, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Are you one of those who still whine about Crusades and Byzantines as if you were being oppressed by them?  Romans conquered under a Pagan flag, the Ottomans under Islam, The Japanese under their Emperor, Pol Pot under his own name, same with Stalin.  If your big problem is that the USA gained their dominance under the flag of Christendom then I say…your welcome.

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  28. Anonymous October 31, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    weren’t we supposed to be out of Iraq and Afghanistan by now , besides closing Guantanamo ???

    and why have we sent “advisors” to Libya and covered all of the air sorties that we promised not in March ???

  29. chee1rs October 31, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    weren’t we supposed to be out of Iraq and Afghanistan by now , besides closing Guantanamo ???

    and why have we sent “advisors” to Libya and covered all of the air sorties that we promised not in March ???

  30. Anti-Crowley October 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Unfortunately the future threat of nuclear war if Iran obtains them would certainly be disastrous.  Winston Churchill was accused of Naziphobia, was he unjust in his concern for the rising radicals under the Reich?  Though it is a noble cause (World peace) it is a bit adolescent, Fundamental Islam cannot be reasoned with and has all the warning signs of the Nazis leading up to WWII.  If we could go back in time, should we have been a little more proactive against Hitler?  If you need a litmus test, go to Mecca and announce that you are a Jew and see what happens.  What on Earth has Israel ever done to Iran that justifies the hatred spewing from the mouth of the Grand Ayatollah’s regime there?  It is simple, the Quran and Hadiths demand that Israel be wiped out in order to bring the Mahdi.  History will judge our lack of action against these radical nations.

  31. Anti-Crowley October 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    If you are right and 9/11 was an inside job, then nobody will be more disappointed then the several millions of Muslims in the MiddleEast who partied in the streets that day.  Study the history of Lebanon, Turkey, Cyprus, Sudan ect.  These radicals really do have designs of world domination and they have a science behind it.  First subvert the country by establishing protections against Muslims through political action, then increase the number of Muslims in that country through concentrated districts, work Muslim representatives into government (usually through a Muslim party of some kind) then establish Sharia Law.  They think in terms of generations, and it works.  Londonistan is at a very advanced stage in this process right now.

  32. Anonymous October 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Obama , America’s affirmative action president , resident stooge

  33. chee1rs October 31, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Obama , America’s affirmative action president , resident stooge

  34. Dip Buyer October 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    The British empire went down with war, but not outright belligerence like this. Not only that, they were smart enough to link up with and support their successors who helped them tremendously.  It’s really shameful for Americans to let this continue and the true cost will be devastating. Such is the fate of a captured government and complacent/complicit people.

  35. Anti-Crowley November 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    The answer was made clear today on a link on Drudge report.  Apparently Obama is concerned with preemptive strikes on Iran from Israel and is trying to settle them down by increasing sanctions on Iran.  I am no Obama fan, but preventing the fallout of a war between Iran and all its supporters against Israel seems like a worthy cause.

  36. Anti-Crowley November 1, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    The answer was made clear today on a link on Drudge report.  Apparently Obama is concerned with preemptive strikes on Iran from Israel and is trying to settle them down by increasing sanctions on Iran.  I am no Obama fan, but preventing the fallout of a war between Iran and all its supporters against Israel seems like a worthy cause.

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