Well, that's the practical result of their blowing our non-military covert action out of the water. You know, the whole loose lips sink ships deal.
From ABC News, who really should drop the A or add "un" as a prefix, as such actions are certainly not worthy of an actual American broadcast company.
The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert "black" operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a "nonlethal presidential finding" that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and international financial transactions.
Sensitive schmensitive right? They apparently also forgot to look up the word covert in the dictionary or consider the great issues or dangers in the region and for the world. But that's ok, they got a news story. /sarcasm off
Current and former intelligence officials say the approval of the covert action means the Bush administration, for the time being, has decided not to pursue a military option against Iran.
"Vice President Cheney helped to lead the side favoring a military strike," said former CIA official Riedel, "but I think they have come to the conclusion that a military strike has more downsides than upsides.
But when a stupid media organization scuttles the non-military option, that doesn't leave much left now does it? Apparently unABC doesn't think about any downsides for anybody, as long as they have a story that can hurt the administration in some way. Just a minor glitch that it possibly forces us into a military confrontation that we were attempting to avoid.
"I think everybody in the region knows that there is a proxy war already afoot with the United States supporting anti-Iranian elements in the region as well as opposition groups within Iran," said Vali Nasr, adjunct senior fellow for Mideast studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
"And this covert action is now being escalated by the new U.S. directive, and that can very quickly lead to Iranian retaliation and a cycle of escalation can follow," Nasr said.
Even with this directive being non-lethal and attempting to avoid the military option some still worry about escalating. We already have Iranian meddling in Iraq that's killing our troops. Why are they the only ones allowed to escalate? Have people forgot how to resist and defeat an enemy these days?
As for the unABC idiots and whoever leaked, it's pretty clear they would prefer no serious action against Iran, because that e word might come up again. So, is it that they really want Iran, with it's current regime, to have nuclear weapons? Which is it, they're that stupid, or so self-centered their blinded by their own conceits, or the near equivalent of traitors, or all of the above?
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