Thursday, October 25, 2007

Iran Has Its Own MIC & America Wants In!

The Bush administration issued the harshest sanctions against Iran since the capture of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. The U.S. charged Iran with sponsoring terrorism, selling ballistic missiles to other countries and conducting a nuclear buildup. Each is worthy of exploration.

One man's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter. The accuser would be the same country that overthrew Iran's democratic leader in 1953, enabling the twenty five year rule of a brutal dictator. The tampering hand of the CIA surely is at work inside Iran, not to mention many Central and South American leftist countries.

President George Bush withdrew from the anti-ballistic missile treaty with Russia shortly after taking office. Not long ago, the U.S. selected the design for the reliable replacement warhead which allows a variable kiloton delivery.

So if America is somewhat the mirror image of Tehran, what's going on? According to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Iran has it's own military industrial complex. The AP reported:

Paulson said it is nearly impossible for overseas businesses or banks to "know one's customer" in Iran and avoid unwittingly funding terrorism or other illicit activities.

Because of the Revolutionary Guard's broad reach into business and other spheres, "it is increasingly likely that if you are doing business with Iran you are doing business with the IRGC," Paulson said.

The Revolutionary Guards organization, formed to safeguard Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, has pushed well beyond its military roots, and now owns car factories and construction firms and operates newspaper groups and oil fields.

Current and former members now hold a growing role across the country's government and economy, sometimes openly and other times in shadows. (Sounds eerily familiar to the spate of admirals and generals proliferating corporate boards in the U.S. Peruse the board makeup of DynCorp, complete with Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Gen. Anthony Zinni, General Richard Hawley, Admiral Joseph Prueher and Admiral Leighton Smith. Also have you ever heard of private equity which resides mostly in our shadows?)

The guards have gained a particularly big role in the country's oil and gas industry in recent years, as the national oil company has signed several contracts with a guards-operated construction company. Some have been announced publicly, including a $2 billion deal in 2006 to develop part of the important Pars gas field.
(Guess who worked on the Pars gas field under a foreign subsidiary before moving their corporate headquarter to Dubai, UAE? The answer is Halliburton)

Iran's military industrial complex isn't oriented to the West but toward Russia and China. Not only does the U.S. want their oil, our corporatist government leaders need more business cash. Dangling the prospect of Iranian open markets post conflict or overthrow should keep their campaign money troughs overflowing.

Republicans and Democrats gorge at the same trough, mostly clustering in party like herds. While they may not like who's dining next to them, they know who's providing the slop. This pattern produced an massive expansion of Eisenhower's military-industrial-congressional complex. Add health care, housing, energy, transportation, public parks and it morphs into the government industrial monstrosity with sorry leaders acting little more than general contractors. The bottom line is America's government industrial monstrosity wants in on the Iranian action and storming George is the man to allow it to happen. While he parades incompetent Condi and ex-investment chief Hank Paulson as the delivery persons, many know who's the Wizard behind the curtain. Yes, just in time for Halloween Shooter Cheney reveals his propensity to pull the trigger once again...