The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a “nonlethal presidential finding” that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions.
…Officials say the covert plan is designed to pressure Iran to stop its nuclear enrichment program and end aid to insurgents in Iraq. … Current and former intelligence officials say the approval of the covert action means the Bush administration, for the time being, has decided not to pursue a military option against Iran.
Hmm. A leak about a nonlethal presidential finding to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, which is meant to try to avert military action against Iran.
And thusly continues the Bush administration’s coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation, and manipulation in America, as well.
Because, really, who the fuck knows if this was a deliberate leak by the administration designed to avert attention from their real plan (military action), which would follow the same storyline as the lead-up to the Iraq War, or a deliberate leak by the administration to blusteringly make believe they have a plan for effectively containing Iran, even though everyone from here to Esfahan knows full bloody well they don’t, or a deliberate leak by the generals who know that Cheney is beating the war drum and that he’s fucking nuts, trying to head off a catastrophic confrontation they fear is imminent…
Honestly. Who fucking knows anymore.