Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Divided Iran & the 'October Surprise'

By Robert Parry
June 24, 2009

Iran’s current political divisions can be traced back to a controversy nearly three decades ago when Iran faced war with Iraq and became entwined with U.S. and Israeli political maneuvers that set all three countries on a dangerous course that continues to this day.

Read on.


David A. said...

Actually, in the interest of accuracy (!) David A. Andelman was the co-author (scarcely a ghost since his [my] name is on the cover) with the late Count de Marenches of "The Fourth World War" .... Andelman, while a former New York Times correspondent, is also a former CBS News correspondent and is now the Editor of World Policy Journal [ ] and author of "A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today" [ ]

Anonymous said...


As usual, you provide a succinct and accurate accounting of the events and the participants in them.

I write here to take issue with "David A."'s silly and vain assault on your interest in accuracy, by attempting to semantically parse the intended meaning of the term "ghost writer", and then falsely claim that you fail to give him the proper credit of authorship. In the article you said:

"Bush, Gates and Karoubi all have denied participating in the meeting (Karoubi did so in an interview with me in Tehran in 1990). But deMarenches admitted arranging the Paris conclave to his biographer, former New York Times correspondent David Andelman.

Andelman said deMarenches ordered that the secret meeting be kept out of his memoir because the story could otherwise damage the reputation of his friends, William Casey and George H.W. Bush. At the time of Andelman’s work ghostwriting the memoir in 1991, Bush was running for re-election as President of the United States.

Andelman’s sworn testimony in December 1992 to a House task force assigned to examine the October Surprise controversy buttressed longstanding claims from international intelligence operatives about a Paris meeting involving Casey and Bush."

One wonders what part of ("But deMarenches admitted arranging the Paris conclave to his biographer, former New York Times correspondent David Andelman.") " his biographer,.." "David A." fails to grasp.

On a more substantive note, it would be instructive if Mr. "A." were to elect to constructively contribute to the historical narrative, instead of concocting such righteous indignation in order to promote his own work.