Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Funding Sunni Groups In Order to Stifle Shiites?

New Yorker columnist Seymour M. Hersch says the Bush administration is trying to stifle the growth of Shiite influence in the Middle East by funding violent Sunni groups with money that was not authorized by congress.

Iran-Contra, anyone?

The Bush Administration’s reliance on clandestine operations that have not been reported to Congress and its dealings with intermediaries with questionable agendas have recalled, for some in Washington, an earlier chapter in history. Two decades ago, the Reagan Administration attempted to fund the Nicaraguan contras illegally, with the help of secret arms sales to Iran. Saudi money was involved in what became known as the Iran-Contra scandal, and a few of the players back then—notably Prince Bandar and Elliott Abrams—are involved in today’s dealings.

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