Saturday, July 17, 2010

Iranian Scientist, a Different Curveball

By Ray McGovern
July 17, 2010

Useful insights often must be seen through a glass darkly. But some can be pulled through the smoke and mirrors shrouding the wanderings of Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, who is now back home in Iran after 14 months in the U.S. as guest of the CIA.

Read on.


QLineOrietnalist said...

"It is likely that Obama administration hawks saw Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri in this context. Would he be willing to adduce what Sen. Rockefeller called “non-existent” intelligence about an urgent nuclear threat from Iran?"

I think Ray has it backwards here. If the Obama administration wanted to use Shahram as a Curveball, why did he get the could shoulder from Hillary?

I think it's because Shahram wanted to sell himself to the Americans, but realized that they were not buying. He then had to beat a hasty retreat and sell himself back to the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI).

Or it was an IRI provocation from the beginning and the Americans didn't bite. I particularly like the part where Shahram talks about how badly he was tortured by his American captors. I should get so much torture! The guy looks like he's put on about fifteen pounds.

Shahram's behavior has been bizarre throughout. I mean, really, he's a captive of the CIA but he manages to evade them long enough to post several You Tube videos?!

Come on, Ray, where are your famous spook smarts?

M Henri Day said...

The real question is why those determining policy in the USA so obviously feel it in their interests to follow the Israeli Likud/Labour lead on Southwest and Central Asia ? Obviously, any government that wishes to rule the world must control the Asian heartland, but surely US attempts at control could be done using more subtle means ? Or is it the case that, apart from AIPAC, the functioning of the US government has been so corrupted by decades of fawning over a bloated military, that no alternative to using military force exists, even in situations like that of the US conflict with Iran, in which the use of this particular tool is hardly suitable ?...


rosemerry said...

Great article as usual, Ray!