Iran Behind It All?

U.S. Soldiers Raid Chalabi’s Home in Iraq.

My wild idea? Iran. Maybe, knowing that the Right in America is able to engineer opinion and push through anything they want, Iran hatched a plan to convince key neo-cons that Iraq was a great target. Maybe Chalabi was working for Iran the whole time, manipulating the neo-cons into engineering the invasion of Iraq, making them think they were engaged in a noble effort to “bring democracy to the region” and protect Israel, and get the oil, and implement an experimental example of their libertarian ideology, etc.

Ahmad Chalabi, the longtime Pentagon favorite to become leader of a free Iraq, has never made a secret of his close ties to Iran. Before the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress maintained a $36,000-a-month branch office in Tehran—funded by U.S. taxpayers. INC representatives, including Chalabi himself, paid regular visits to the Iranian capital. Since the war, Chalabi’s contacts with Iran may have intensified: a Chalabi aide says that since December, he has met with most of Iran’s top leaders, including supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his top national-security aide, Hassan Rowhani. “Iran is Iraq’s neighbor, and it is in Iraq’s interest to have a good relationship with Iran,” Chalabi’s aide says.

But U.S. intelligence agencies have recently raised concerns that Chalabi has become too close to Iran’s theocratic rulers. NEWSWEEK has learned that top Bush administration officials have been briefed on intelligence indicating that Chalabi and some of his top aides have supplied Iran with “sensitive” information on the American occupation in Iraq. U.S. officials say that electronic intercepts of discussions between Iranian leaders indicate that Chalabi and his entourage told Iranian contacts about American political plans in Iraq. There are also indications that Chalabi has provided details of U.S. security operations. According to one U.S. government source, some of the information Chalabi turned over to Iran could “get people killed.”

And now the entire US military is bogged in a quagmire — no adventures into Iran any time soon, that’s for sure. Meanwhile Iraq is getting ready to split into parts — with Iran lined up to get the Shiite south and its oil regions.

Maybe these dumb Bush clucks fell for one of the greatest scams in history!

What do you think? Is this a good one?

(See also, How Ahmed Chalabi conned the neocons)

Update – If they were really smart, they would have hidden a speaker in the ceiling in Bush’s bedroom and make him thinkit was God talking to him, telling him to invade Iraq. … come to think of it, maybe they did!