Iran revolution “matter of time” – US defense chief

Reuters – September 6, 2011

Revolution in Iran appears to be a matter of time, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta predicted on Tuesday, saying the Iranian reform movement was learning from revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria.

Panetta, a former CIA director who took over the Pentagon’s top job in July, was asked on the Charlie Rose television show whether the Arab Spring might spread to non-Arab Iran. Panetta responded: “Absolutely.”

“I think we saw in evidence of that in the last election in Iran that there was a movement within Iran that raised those very same concerns that we’re seeing elsewhere,” Panetta said.

“And I think in many ways, it’s a matter of time before that kind of change and reform and revolution occurs in Iran as well.”

Iranian security forces crushed mass protests in the wake of Iran’s disputed June 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Panetta acknowledged the difficulties supporting such protests given the potential for backlash.

“We should try to take every step to try to support their effort but at the same time, we’ve got to analyze each situation to make sure that we do nothing that creates a backlash or that undermines those efforts,” he said.

Iran’s leaders had hoped the Arab Spring would spell the end of U.S.-backed regimes in the Arab world. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has dubbed it the “Islamic Awakening,” inspired by Iran’s 1979 revolution that replaced a Western-backed king with a Muslim theocracy.

But Panetta offered a different interpretation of events and their impact on Iran.

“I think the reform movement in Iran is learning one hell of a lot from what’s happened in Tunisia and Egypt and Libya and Syria,” Panetta said.

Supporters of Iran’s opposition Green movement are watching the Arab uprisings with a mixture of admiration, regret for their own movement’s failure and concern about what might replace fallen regimes. [ID:nL5E7JO1MR]

“One of the issues we were looking at when Tunisia and Egypt happened is … what sparked this? What made this all happen?” Panetta said, listing factors including social media and populations of youth who lacked hope for the future.

“The fact is when people decide that that moment has come, that’s a moment when tremendous change is about to happen,” Panetta said.

“And I think it’s true, not only in the Middle East. It’s going to be true in Iran as well.”

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Bill Trott)


Comment – September 7, 2011

When Panetta asks what sparked the Arab uprisings, he’s really asking how U.S. covert operations can learn “What made this all happen?” to make it happen again in Iran.

For the prospect of the U.S. replacing the current regime in Tehran through military means alone looks increasingly daunting as Iran develops itself militarily and overstretched U.S. forces face the prospect of budget cuts in the years ahead.

Thus the option of trying to implement “regime change” in Iran through covert means looks increasingly attractive.

The U.S. and its allies tried to instigate this in the aftermath of 2009 presidential elections, when Iranians employed by Western embassies were convicted of fomenting unrest and two British diplomats were expelled from Iran.

They failed but like they say, if at first you don’t succeed try, try again and Panetta sounds like he cannot or will not learn from the past. Making the former CIA director prone to repeat his predecessor’s mistakes as secretary of defence.

He is in effect, one who will do as he’s told and make the same bloody mistakes until told to do otherwise. 

After all this is the man who while in Iraq recently linked Saddam Hussein with 9/11,  before aides corrected his mistake for a compliant media.

So forget the fabled Weapons of Mass Destruction, it doesn’t auger well when the U.S. Secretary of Defence says that America is in Iraq because of 9/11, and then goes on to allude to “regime change” in Iran. 

Because that is what Panetta means when he talks about “tremendous change” in Iran: he really means “regime change”.

Covert western agencies have been working closely with the corporate media to foment this for some time now.

Panetta’s comments merely signify a redoubling of those efforts.

Finally, I should add that one of the closing paragraphs in the report above reads as if written by a covert CIA media operative. Call it instinct or intuition or maybe just the strangely bracketed ID at its close, but the following reads as if it were written by one of Panetta’s subordinates:

Supporters of Iran’s opposition Green movement are watching the Arab uprisings with a mixture of admiration, regret for their own movement’s failure and concern about what might replace fallen regimes. [ID:nL5E7JO1MR]  

The way that paragraph is slotted in between quotes from Panetta make me think this is another example of disinformation mingled with creativity in pursuit of “tremendous change” – otherwise known as “regime change”. Ed

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