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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:46 PM

How Neocons Messed Up the Mideast

By Robert Parry

Just six months after Iran freed 52 Americans hostages in 1981, senior Reagan administration officials secretly endorsed third-party weapons sales to Iran, a move to align U.S. policy with Israeli desires to sell arms to the Islamic republic then at war with Iraq, according to documents recently released by the National Archives.

This Israeli arms pipeline to Iran already was functioning at the time of the policy shift on July 21, 1981. Three days earlier, on July 18, an Argentine plane strayed off course and crashed (or was shot down) inside the Soviet Union exposing Israel's secret arms shipments to Iran, which apparently had been going on for months.

After the plane went down, Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East Nicholas Veliotes tried to get to the bottom of the mysterious weapons flight. "According to the [flight] documents," Veliotes said later in an interview with PBS Frontline, "this was chartered by Israel and it was carrying American military equipment to Iran...

"And it was clear to me after my conversations with people on high that indeed we had agreed that the Israelis could trans-ship to Iran some American-origin military equipment. Now this was not a covert operation in the classic sense, for which probably you could get a legal justification for it. As it stood, I believe it was the initiative of a few people [who] gave the Israelis the go-ahead. The net result was a violation of American law."



Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at...

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:42 AM

1. After the Iran-Iraq War, a lot of these weapons ultimately ended up in Afghanistan -

helping out Osama Bin Laden and the most reactionary Afghan elements.

In so many ways, we created - and continue to create - our own enemies. All too many of the worst excesses since 2000 can be traced back to the Reagan Administration and the neocons that they seeded throughout the USG.

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:36 AM

2. Shhhhhh! We are not supposed to think about how we got here.

That sort of thinking can lead to accountability for politicians.

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