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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Why now? US says 'The CIA collaborated with the Mossad to kill Imad Mughniyah'

The Washington Post reports that the death of Imad Mughniyah was a joint CIA-Mossad operation.
The United States helped build the bomb, the former official said, and tested it repeatedly at a CIA facility in North Carolina to ensure the potential blast area was contained and would not result in collateral damage.

“We probably blew up 25 bombs to make sure we got it right,” the former official said.
The extraordinarily close cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli intelligence services suggested the importance of the target — a man who over the years had been implicated in some of Hezbollah’s most spectacular terrorist attacks, including those against the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and the Israeli Embassy in Argentina.
The United States has never acknowledged participation in the killing of Mughniyah, which Hezbollah blamed on Israel. Until now, there has been little detail about the joint operation by the CIA and Mossad to kill him, how the car bombing was planned or the exact U.S. role. With the exception of the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, the mission marked one of the most high-risk covert actions by the United States in recent years.
Israel, of course, has said 'no comment.' So has the CIA. But over the past week we've been warned repeatedly about how Prime Minister Netanyahu would be 'jeopardizing' cooperation with the United States if he comes to Washington to speak to Congress in March. Cooperation like this? Well, maybe.
Really?  This comes out right now?  The “new” book by Robert B. Baer cited in the article was actually published in October — and it doesn’t say there was collaboration.  Baer and unnamed others have been gotten to confirm it, apparently.  But the timing is distinctly odd, given the recent dust-ups between Hezbollah and the IDF.  You might almost think someone was trying to add fuel to the fire.  Notice how the finger points at an event in the Bush years, and not at cooperation since Obama took office, although there undoubtedly has been such cooperation.
So Obama is burning the bridges between the US and Israel because he's ticked off that Netanyahu is coming to the US to tell Congress that Israel is opposed to Obama's weak policies on Iran. How short sighted!

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At 2:42 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Let's spread out the responsibility for this Progressive Disaster where it goes. A large number of Israeli Start Up Nation luminaries campaigned for and took $$BBillions of Green Govt $lu$h from these U.S. Democrats. When, if ever, will they make the switch to NOT supporting Poison Progressive Politicians? Maybe they think it's all going to be okay because they can jump away from living in Israel if it gets to hot and dangerous because of the Democrat-fueled disaster in countries all around Israel ... but the trouble is, the Western Democracies are going down if the Marcuse/Alinsky Frankfurt School finishes off the sub-structure. There will be nowhere the Start Up People will want to live. Turn away, people! Help us go back to the fabulous U.S. Constitution, which has created massive upmovement in worldwide opportunities and standards of living.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Dan said...

I don't agree. This leak is actually positive for Israel and damaging to the White House, because it reinforces the US' and Israel's common interests and natural hostility to the Iran axis. It sounds to me like a few old hands at the CIA are alarmed at what the administration is doing, and trying to inject some sanity via a bit of historical perspective. (You know things are really bad when even old hands at the CIA think the president is too anti-Israel...)


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