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Bush to Declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a "Terrorist Organization."

Reported by Marie Therese - August 17, 2007 -

As we all know, FOX News has been aiding and abetting the Bush administration's gradually escalating rhetoric regarding the nation of Iran. Viewers are steadily and slowly being "softened up" to accept a unilateral air strike by the U. S. on Iran's nuclear facilities. Radical Christians with an apocalyptic agenda are allowed to rant on and on without ever telling the audience about their hidden agenda. Inflammatory statements by terrorism experts and former military men, many making money in the security industry, serve to heighten the fear with menacing alarms. In the past few months FOX has uncritically published administration reports about Iranian weapons allegedly used to kill American troops. On Wednesday it was reported that the Bush administration plans to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) a "terrorist" organization, thus setting the stage to freeze all IRGC assets. With video.

During the August 15th edition of Special Report, substitute host Jim Angle discussed the IRGC situation with Fred Barnes, Charles Krauthammer and Nina Easton of Fortune magazine. At the beginning they showed a clip of a man named Alireza Jafarzadeh, a mideast expert they've used before. Jafarzadeh has made a nice living beating the drum for war with Iran. As CEO of the Strategic Policy Consulting, Jafarzadeh sounded eerily like Ahmed Chalabi, "Curveball" and other Iraq "experts" who lied us into the war in Iraq.

In the video clip, he said "[The IRGC] controls every important aspect of the regime, from running the entire executive branch to the nuclear weapons program to all the terrorist operations of the regime in Iraq to their contacts in and funding of the terrorist groups around the world."

According to his own company biography the "international concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program" are the result of Jafarzadeh’s "stunning revelations about more than a dozen major previously secret nuclear sites..." Additionally, he lays claim to being the source of information on the lion's share of "intelligence information" that the administration has been using to justify it's hawkish stand on Iran.

His biography continues:

"Jafarzadeh unveiled the details of Iran’s development of bio-weapons in May 2003, and had previously provided valuable information about the Shahab-3 medium range missile.

"Jafarzadeh first disclosed the details of Iran’s involvement in the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, and the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Argentina.

"In November 2003, Jafarzadeh exposed an extensive covert network of the Iranian regime’s agents who had been involved, for months, in meddling in the internal affairs of Iraq, seeking to derail the political process and establish a sister Islamic Republic in Iraq."

Naturally, the All-Star Rubber Stamp Panel never once bothered to note that this is the first time in history that the U. S. government has considered declaring the internal army of a country as a "terrorist organization."

Charles Krauthammer was quite distressed that this news was leaked because, as he noted, "this is going to allow them to move their assets around in advance of the freezing." Continuing with the monetary theme, Nina Easton noted that this action will put pressure on our European allies who have been less than enthusiastic about the aggressive Bush Iran policy. "This is sort of a way to go after them in sort of a secondary sanctions way," Easton said. " I think that the Democratic chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, Tom Lantos, said it best today when he said 'Foreign banks should be - should think twice now about dealing with the Revolutionary Guard and I think that's what these are aimed at - going after,"

Jim Angle noted that there is strong bi-partisan support for such a move in the House of Representatives.

Fred Barnes expanded on the fiduciary aspects of this story when he mentioned that he hoped that there were "cost-benefit analysts" in Iran who would figure out that keeping the IRGC in power is detrimental to the fiscal well-being of the Iranian people.

Nina Easton finally conceded that the whole thing is probably nothing more than a psychological ploy aimed at persuading the people on the street in Iran to overthrow their current government.

Jim Angle ended with an interesting comments, sayin "And this is the next step. I mean, we have to do this step by step. This is it."

COMMENT

The "next step" in what, exactly? Angle didn't bother to elaborate.