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David Sanger's War on Iran


By Stephen Lendman - Posted on 09 June 2012

  David Sanger's War on Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Sanger is New York Times chief Washington correspondent. Previously he held other posts. He's reported on foreign policy, globalization, Asian issues, and nuclear-related ones.

 

Cooperatively with other Times correspondents, he won two Pulitzer Prizes. Its board might consider retracting them.

 

After Obama's 2009 inaugural address, his characterization of the new president was dishonest and delusional. He called his new administration "a stark repudiation of the era of George W. Bush and the ideological certainties that surrounded it."

 

His connection to Chicago politics and monied interests reflected otherwise. So did his Illinois and US Senate records. Policies he supported told all. Few took time to check. 

 

He backs the worst of ideological extremism. As president, his agenda reflects it. The pseudo-left still backs him. Not a dime's worth of difference separates him from Romney and other hardline Republicans.

 

Sanger's reporting on Iran is hostile and biased. Pro-Western misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. 

 

On May 27, he and another Times correspondent headlined, "After Talks Falter, Iran Says it Won't Halt Uranium Work," saying:

 

Statements by Iran's nuclear program head, Fereydoon Abbasi, suggests Iran is "veering back to a much harder line after talks in Baghdad with the West....ended badly."

 

Fact check

 

Western demands were unreasonable. Iran complies fully with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty provisions. Washington spurns them. So does Israel.

 

Iran's entitled to be treated like all other nuclear states. Chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, affirmed its right. It doesn't engage in nuclear talks to surrender. Its legitimate rights are inviolable. Good journalism recognizes them. 

 

It negotiates in good faith. Washington and other P5+1 countries spurn it. Resolving issues equitably can't happen without willing partners. From inception, the Islamic Republic lacked them. They have no Western ones now.

 

Sanger's new book is titled "Confront and Conceal." It discusses Obama's foreign policy. NPR's Terry Gross interviewed him. On air he called Obama aggressive. The "essence of the Obama doctrine," he said, is "act(ing) quite strongly and quite unilaterally" when America "has (a) direct interest."

 

He pressures others to participate and share costs. He discussed AfPak, the so-called Arab Spring, China and North Korea inaccurately. US television news viewers are profoundly uninformed. So are readers of Sanger's book. 

 

He called Iran's nuclear program a "direct threat to the US."

 

Iran hasn't attacked another country in over two centuries. It threatens none now. Western states, Israel, and regional states know it. Nonetheless, they claim otherwise. 

 

In contrast, America wages permanent wars on humanity. It ravages nations one at a time or in multiples. It seeks unchallenged global dominance. Replacing independent regimes with puppets is policy. Sanger didn't explain. 

 

Like other Times correspondents, he points fingers the wrong way. He betrays readers. He gives them managed news, information, and analysis. Accurate reporting isn't his style.

 

His book discusses Obama's wars. He discussed "his surprising use of American power." Why surprising wasn't explained. All presidents in US history were belligerent. Since established, America has been at war at home and/or abroad every year in its history.

 

Perhaps Obama surprised by waging so many and planning more. The peace candidate prevents it to wage war. His appetite is insatiable. Hawkishness defines his agenda. So is talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.

 

One war leads to others. Proxy ones are waged. Perhaps he has a nuclear one in mind. Enormous sums are spent. Secret amounts aren't disclosed. Homeland needs go begging. Warmaking may eventually leave only roaches and bacteria behind.

 

For years, Washington pushed the envelope with Iran. So far, it's been short of hot war. It involves sanctions, subversion, destabilization, fake accusations, targeted assassinations, a failed color revolution, isolation, agitprop, and cyberwar.

 

In spring 2010, Iranian intelligence discovered Stuxnet malware contamination. The computer virus infected its Bushehr nuclear facility. At the time, operations were halted indefinitely.

 

Israel was blamed. Washington was also involved. Had the facility gone online infected, Iran's entire electrical power grid could have been shut down.

 

A more destructive virus called Flame malware is known. Internet security experts say it's 20 times more harmful than Stuxnet. Iran's military-industrial complex is targeted. So is its nuclear program. Maximum disruption is planned.

 

Sanger's "Olympic Games" chapter covers the scheme. It's code language for joint US/Israeli subversion. Key is corrupting Iran's nuclear enrichment program. Centrifuges are targeted. 

 

What harms Iran can disrupt US and Israeli computer systems and infrastructure. Subversion cuts both ways. Effectiveness depends infecting computers. One way is by loading the virus into thumb drives Iranian nuclear technicians use privately.

 

Perhaps unknowingly they'll plug them into government computer systems. Destroying them depends on infecting and controlling them. 

 

Plant operators were "clueless," said Sanger. "There were no warning lights, no alarm bells, no dials gyrating wildly. But anyone down in the plant would have felt, and heard, that the centrifuges were suddenly going haywire. First came a rumble, then an explosion."

 

"Olympic games is an effort to get into the Iranian centrifuge system with a computer worm that was a very elaborate effort to get through the defenses the Iranians had built up…send in a worm that would speed up or slow down those centrifuges until they began to blow up."

 

It's also about waging war other ways. Flame potentially may do more damage than bombing.

 

New millennium warfare reflects this type sophistication. Opposing sides vie with each other to be most disruptive.

 

Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered Flame malware. They call it the most sophisticated cyber weapon known

 

Kaspersky chief security expert Aleks Gostev said: 

 

"Flame can easily be described as one of the most complex threats ever discovered. It's big and incredibly sophisticated. It pretty much redefines the notion of cyberwar and cyberespionage."

 

It raises cyberwar stakes. ZDNet's Zack Whittaker calls it "an attack toolkit." Iran's been hit hard. PC Mag.com's Chloe Albanesius said its operations have at least 189 infections. Israel/Palestine is second with 98 known. Syria has 30.

 

Computer Business Review's Steve Evans says exact entry points and methods used to penetrate are unclear. However, once Flame infects a network, "it can start to sniff traffic and can perform other tasks such as taking screenshots, recording audio conversations and intercepting the keyboard."

 

Wired's Kim Zetter says it opens a backdoor to infected systems. It lets attackers "tweak the toolkit and add new functionality."

 

According to ITProPortal's Rawiya Kameir:

 

The "sheer complexity of Flame suggests it is a government operation and not the work of petty cybercriminals." Its origins are unknown.

 

Eugene Kaspersky said cyberwar risks are "one of the most serious topics in the field of information security for several years now." Worldwide concerns are raised.

 

Flame is the newest and most sophisticated weapon. Washington and Israel use it against Iran, Syria and other enemies.

 

Sanger said Obama supporters are surprised by his aggressiveness. Cyberwar is one of many ways. He's been "very direct" in the use of US power.

 

Olympic Games mainly targets Iran. Tehran knows what's going on and who's responsible. Obama's directly involved. So are top Israeli officials.

 

Cyberwar is waging conflicts by other means. Non-lethal weapons can be more destructive than conventional ones. Iran is target one. Washington and Israel are vulnerable. 

 

Disruption cuts both ways. Expect whatever works well to become more sophisticated. Non-lethal wars can precede and/or accompany hot ones. 

 

America and Israel represent global threats. Misreporting by Sanger and others like him facilitate their schemes.

 

Instead of urging peace and conflict resolution, scoundrel media promote wars and regime change. 

 

Imagine the good they could do by supporting right over wrong. Imagine the benefits of peace, good will, and mutual respect. Imagine a world safe to live in. Why not if enough people work hard enough for it.

 

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

 

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

 

http://www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html

 

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

 

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All class ideologies were born through BETRAYAL of social principles. The Patriarchal class system corrupted, co opted, inverted the Social Matriarchy creating class deformed language, class dogmas, religious class myths, like the Garden of Eden, to hide the usurpation of social control of wealth and social Human Nature, its control over the means of production and social labor, deforming Human nature and enslaving first women, then most of humanity into property, class relations. Throughout class history, now milleniums year old, social theorists have tried to reclaim the social independence of the Matriarchy, free from class hierarchies and its generic Patriarchal class mechanism, still with us today. 


The revolt, by the social Enlightenment against Feudal class tyranny had produced social thinkers, with social theories, advanced enough with the know how, HOW to reclaim the social Historical mechanism to end the Patriarchal class Mechanism.  Unlike Plato, whose social theories were piecemeal, social reforms, appealing to class elites to be enlightened, the Social Enlightenment understood that it required an INDEPENDENT, INDIVISIBLE social agency to promote, install, RECLAIM, the social historical mechanism, restoring social control over wealth and the means of production and social labor itself.  The social agency was the middle layers with the goal of unifying all lower classes to dismantle all class hierarchies, thereby dealing a death blow to the Historical deformed class mechanism, the Patriarchy, which is the engine for all class systems, class deformed hierarchies.


Establishing universal middle class wealth, WORLDWIDE, was the goal of the social Enlightenment in order for social forces to become truly independent, indivisible, as the Pledge of Allegiance still asserts, a remnant of the social goal, social agenda, social patriotism that was BETRAYED by allowing existing class hierarchies and its Patriarchal class mechanism to continue going into the industrial revolution. The failure of the revolutionary Liberals to dismantle the class mechanism and its class hierarchies meant that Liberalism, then a social ideology, DEGENERATED, BETRAYED, into class ideologues, class parties, where liberalism and conservatism served the new class systems, Capitalism, and where crippled republics, class republics, produced new class myths.  Class dogmas about Free markets still were class deformed markets producing monopoly power, totalitarian alliances between the class state and trading corporations, condemned by Adam Smith as MERCANTILISM.  These class Liberals, both liberals and conservatives BETRAYED, yet falsely claimed social principles of wealth, whose class centers DEGENERATED like the class system itself into class tyrants, class Empires and totalitarianism.


THE WHOLE IDEA THAT CLASS PARTIES REFLECT SOCIAL POWER, SOCIAL REPRESENTATION, IS FALSE TO THE CORE, THE CENTRAL CLASS MYTH THAT HOLDS TRUE FOR ALL CLASS SYSTEMS SINCE PATRIARCHY FALSELY MADE PATERNAL CLAIMS, SOCIAL CLAIMS, AS SERVING CIVIL SOCIETY.   CLASS DEFORMED CIVIL SOCIETIES AND THEIR CLASS IDEOLOGUES CANNOT SERVE SOCIAL POWER, SOCIAL DEMANDS, AND ALL CLASS PARTIES MUST BETRAY SOCIAL DEMANDS, CORRUPT, WASTE YOUR VOTES, INVERTING, CO OPTING, CORRUPTING SOCIAL RHETORIC INTO CLASS TYRANNY, LIKE OBAMA, THE TROJAN HORSE HAS DONE FOR WALL STREET AND FASCIST ELITES.   ALL CLASS PARTIES MUST DEGENERATE INTO TOTALITARIANISM BECAUSE THEY DEVOLVE SOCIAL CONTROL OF WEALTH AND LABOR INTO THE HANDS OF FASCIST RULING CLASSES:


Stephen Lendman and Glenn Greenwald show us the ugly totalitarian degeneration, class/empire outcome of Obama, democrats who have become fascists themselves.   Continuous class compromises for CORPORATE, TOTALITARIAN POWER has shifted the world on to the road of GLOBAL FASCISM.   Obama not only has become a WAR CRIMINAL, but is a FASCIST class tyrant, promoting illegal cyber attacks against Iran, illegal drone attacks against civilians, AND EXPOSING HIS DUPLICITOUS, EXCLUSIVE, CORRUPT, CRIMINAL VALUES THAT IS PART OF ALL CLASS SYSTEMS:



How the Obama Administration is Making the US Media Its Mouthpiece


Spoonfed national security scoops based on anonymous official leaks – did we learn nothing from Judith Miller's WMD reporting?


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/06/08-4


excerpt:


"In sum, these anonymous leaks are classic political propaganda: devoted to glorifying the leader and his policies for political gain. Because the programs are shrouded in official secrecy, it is impossible for journalists to verify these selective disclosures. By design, the only means the public has to learn anything about what the president is doing is the partial, selective disclosures by Obama's own aides – those who work for him and are devoted to his political triumph.


But that process is a recipe for government deceit and propaganda. This was precisely the dynamic that, in the run-up to the attack on Iraq, co-opted America's largest media outlets as mindless purveyors of false government claims. The defining journalistic sin of Judith Miller, the New York Times' disgraced WMD reporter, was that she masqueraded the unverified assertions of anonymous Bush officials as reported fact. As the Times' editors put it in their 2004 mea culpa, assertions from anonymous sources were "insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged"...


Similarly, the Times' David Sanger has long been criticized for uncritical dissemination of misleading US government claims about the threat from Iran, almost always passed on with the shield of anonymity. It was unsurprising, then, that it was Sanger who was rewarded with the valuable scoop about Obama's ordering of cyber-attacks on Iran (a scoop he is using to sell his new book), and equally unsurprising that the article he produced was so flattering of Obama's role in this operation.


By revealing contrast, consider the treatment meted out to the Times' James Risen, who has produced scoops that are embarrassing to, rather than glorifying of, the US government. It was Risen who exposed the Bush administration's illegal NSA eavesdropping program in 2006, and he also exposed a highly inept and harmful CIA attempt to infiltrate Iran's nuclear program. 


As a result, the Obama justice department has relentlessly pursued Risen in court, serving him with subpoenas in an attempt to compel him to reveal his source for the Iran infiltration story, a process that could send him to prison if, as is likely, he refuses. Matt Apuzzo, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist for Associated Press, explained the obvious lesson being taught by this episode:



"Sanger writes on successful Iran operation, gets wide access. Risen writes on botched Iranian operation, gets subpoenaed."...."


 


THE RULING CLASSES AND ALL THEIR CLASS PARTIES HAVE DEGENERATED INTO CRIMINALITY, FASCISM, TOTALITARIANISM, WHERE THE HISTORICAL BETRAYAL BECOMES GLOBAL FASCISM.  THE ONLY WAY TO REVERSE THIS GLOBAL TOTALITARIANSM IS FOR THE SOCIAL CLASSES TO RECLAIM THE SOCIAL AGENDA OF THE SOCIAL MATRIARCHY, OF THE SOCIAL ENLIGHTENMENT, OF ALL INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST MOVEMENTS, BY ENDING ALL SUPPORT FOR CLASS PARTIES, CLASS POLITICIANS, AND VOTING IN SOCIAL PARTIES WHOSE GOAL IS TO ESTABLISH INDIVISIBLE, INDEPENDENT SOCIAL CLASSES FREE FROM CLASS HIERARCHIES, PATRIARCHY AND ITS GENERIC, INHERENT DEGENERATION/CORRUPTION.



Bernie Sanders Sees Threatening 'Aggressiveness Among the Ruling Class'


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/06/08-7


VOTING FOR CLASS PARTIES AND EXPECTING SOCIAL OUTCOMES IS IGNORANCE AND PRODUCES THIS FASCIST DEFEAT:



Accountability in Defeat: On a Whupping in Wisconsin


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/06/08-8


 


 

Central to the failure of the Wisconsin defeat at the hands of Republican Fascists, and the Fascist Tea bagger you see on this video, is their glorification of the TOTALITARIAN MARKET, CLASS DEFORMED MARKET WHICH USES SCAPEGOATISM, like the NAZIS OF GERMANY.


The failure of the panel to point out the FALSE STRATEGY of accepting ANY CLASS PARTY, with similiar class myths of the Republican thugs, the democratic whores, who themselves appeased Fascism through false discussions on the meaning of the MARKET, accepting the class myth of Free markets, that only appeases the FASCIST SCAPEGOATING TEA BAGGER SHOCK TROOPS FOR FASCIST CAPITALISM. NO WHERE DO YOU HEAR THE WORD FASCISM, TOTALITARIANISM being discussed or a fundamental challange against ALL CLASS PARTIES ENABLING TOTALITARIAN, CLASS DEFORMED MARKETS WHERE CAPITALISM AND FASCISM ARE TIED TO THE DEGENERATING CLASS CYCLE AND PRINCIPLE , that is the cornerstone of all social theorists:


Wisconsin: A Nail in the Coffin of US Unions? (video)


As the governor celebrates a recall victory, we ask how the outcome will impact the US presidential race in November.



In this Inside Story: US 2012 we ask: What are the repercussions of the Wisconsin recall? And what impact will it have on the US presidential race?


http://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/06/09


NOTICE IT DOES NOT MATTER WHETHER ONE IS A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN OR TEA BAGGER, THEY ALL AGREE THAT CORPORATIONS ARE JOB CREATORS, WHEN THEY ARE THE PARASITICAL TOTALITARIAN RULING CLASSES, WHERE TEA BAGGERS BECOME THE FASCIST SHOCK TROOPS DEFENDING THE FASCIST MARKET OF CAPITALISM.

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