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  1. This all fits the frame of my conspiracy theory (dun dun DUN~ oh no! get your tinfoil hats!) that the administration is being blackmailed through their engagement of Fast and Furious and then the subsequent leak. Fast and Furious implicates the entire Obama administration in a large drug and arms scandal. It’s worse than the Contra Affairs, and Hillary is purported to be a central planner. I believe the leak put the message out to the administration that they better start following orders or more would be exposed.

    It would seem tangential to this, but I believe this “scandal” is from the same people that brought us the “Al Qaeda magazine tells Ahmadinejad to quit 9/11 Conspiracies” hoopla. Mind you, the current administration engaged in an extra-judicial killing of Al-Awlaki and got the publisher of that so-called magazine as well in the same strike (how convenient!)

    It’s also unsurprising that they make such bold moves and think that it will land favorable consequences, with the reality being directly the opposite: now the American public (and the world) REALLY have a hard time believing any proffered justifications to escalate pressure on Iran. You can fool us once. You can fool us twice. But three times? Don’t misunderestimate our nookeeler powers.

  2. Times are bad. When times get bad, people look for easy scapegoats and quick, simple fixes. AND DECISIVE LEADERS. (Recall Hitler in 1930s). So, I fully expect the people of the USA to “buy” the administration’s stories UNLESS Republicans surprise us all by acting AGAINST ISRAEL’s interests by exposing the nonsense of this Iran-related plot. The MSM are lap-dogs and are NEVER the first to make a fuss.

  3. There appears to be only one piece of hard evidence that the USA possesses linking Arbabsiar with an official representative of the Iranian govt, and that is the taped phone conversations between Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri.

    So to link the Iranian GOVERNMENT to this plot the Americans need to demonstrate that Gholam Shakuri is “a member of the Quds force”, versus being somebody Who Is Not Who He Claims To Be.

    Try as I might, I can see no evidence any of the USA’s statements and documents to substantiate that allegation i.e. the allegation that Shakuri is a professional Iranian spook is presented as a self-evident truth.

    That’s what you have to keep your eye on i.e. not on Shakuri’s links to Arbabsiar – which appear to be undeniable – but to the evidence that claims to link Shakuri to the Iranian Quds Force.

    1. Muhammad Sahimi has written about precisely this. He is a very close observer of the regime. After diligent searches through every known source, he can come up w no reference to Shukari having any affiliation w the Revolutionary Guards. Is there a chance that one or the other SAID they had such connections? Sure, possibly even a likelihood. Perhaps even some low level real RG figure provided the cash mentioned in the charge sheet. But even that is unconfirmed & unconfirmable.

      1. “Perhaps even some low level real RG figure provided the cash mentioned in the charge sheet.”

        The cash is an interesting wrinkle in all this, because it indicates that someone with Big Finances was involved.

        But, again, this must be stressed: the fact that Arbabsiar was able to get his hands on $100,000 is not in and of itself “proof” that the money came from the Revolutionary Guards.

          1. Not to mention, of course, that only an amateur would think that $1.5million would be enough to entice a Mexican drug cartel to – literally – go to war against the United States of America.

            Honestly, the “plot” sounds so implausible that if makes Colin Powell’s efforts in the UN look like George Washington under the cherry tree.

  4. I simply don’t believe that this plot is anything other than a crude attempt by the USA to exploit a vulnerable person’s need for money in order to ‘manufacture’ a scenario damaging to Iran. It’s entrapment. I don’t believe for a moment that the guy thought this up himself or was a prime mover with malign intentions.

    1. I don’t believe it either. The US has gotten so good at scapegoating people that it’s getting just too frightening. The FBI uses entrapment techniques constantly because the “war on terror” monster constantly demands to be fed.

  5. Obama must be getting pretty desperate to sink this low. Even Bush and Cheney would never trot out such a lame excuse for a “terrorist plot.” Really, even the Sears Tower doofuses were more believable.

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