Are the Iranian Election Protests Another US Orchestrated `Color Revolution`?

A number of
commentators have expressed their idealistic belief in
the purity of


, and the westernized youth of Tehran. The
CIA destabilization plan, announced two years ago (see
below) has somehow not contaminated unfolding events.

is made that Ahmadinejad stole the election, because the
outcome was declared too soon after the polls closed for
all the votes to have been counted. However, Mousavi
declared his victory several hours before the polls
closed. This is classic CIA destabilization designed to
discredit a contrary outcome. It forces an early
declaration of the vote. The longer the time interval
between the preemptive declaration of victory and the
release of the vote tally, the longer Mousavi has to
create the impression that the authorities are using the
time to fix the vote. It is amazing that people don`t
see through this trick.

As for the grand
ayatollah Montazeri`s charge that the election was
stolen, he was the initial choice to succeed Khomeini,
but lost out to the current Supreme Leader. He sees in
the protests an opportunity to settle the score with
Khamenei. Montazeri has the incentive to challenge the
election whether or not he is being manipulated by the
CIA, which has a successful history of manipulating
disgruntled politicians.

There is a power
struggle among the ayatollahs. Many are aligned against
Ahmadinejad because he accuses them of corruption, thus
playing to the Iranian countryside where Iranians
believe the ayatollahs` lifestyles indicate an excess of
power and money. In my opinion, Ahmadinejad`s attack on
the ayatollahs is opportunistic. However, it does make
it odd for his American detractors to say he is a
conservative reactionary lined up with the ayatollahs.

Commentators are
"explaining" the Iran elections based on their own illusions,
delusions, emotions, and vested interests. Whether or
not the poll results predicting Ahmadinejad`s win are
sound, there is, so far, no evidence beyond surmise that
the election was stolen. However, there are credible
reports that the CIA has been working for two years to
destabilize the Iranian government.

On May 23, 2007,
Brian Ross and Richard Esposito

reported on ABC News
"The CIA has
received secret presidential approval to mount a covert
operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current
and former officials in the intelligence community tell
ABC News."

On May 27, 2007,
the London Telegraph

independently reported
"Mr. Bush has
signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a
propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to
destabilize, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule
of the mullahs."

A few days
previously, the

reported on May 16, 2007,
that Bush administration
neocon warmonger John Bolton told the
Telegraph that
a US military attack on Iran would
"be a `last
option` after economic sanctions and attempts to foment
a popular revolution had failed."

On June 29,
2008, Seymour Hersh

reported in the New Yorker:

"Late last year,
Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund
a major escalation of covert operations against Iran,
according to current and former military, intelligence,
and congressional sources. These operations, for which
the President sought up to four hundred million dollars,
were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush,
and are designed to destabilize the country`s religious

The protests in
Tehran no doubt have many sincere participants. The
protests also have the hallmarks of the CIA orchestrated
protests in Georgia and Ukraine.

It requires
total blindness not to see this.

Daniel McAdams
has made

some telling points

For example,
neoconservative Kenneth Timmerman

wrote the day before the election
"there`s talk of
a `green revolution` in Tehran."
How would Timmerman
know that unless it was an orchestrated plan? Why would
there be a `green revolution` prepared prior to the
vote, especially if Mousavi and his supporters were as
confident of victory as they claim? This looks like
definite evidence that the US is involved in the
election protests.

Timmerman goes
on to write that
"the National Endowment for Democracy

has spent millions of dollars
promoting `color` revolutions . . . Some of that money appears to have
made it into the hands of pro-Mousavi groups, who have
ties to non-governmental organizations outside Iran that
the National Endowment for Democracy funds."

Timmerman`s own neocon

Foundation for Democracy
"a private,
non-profit organization established in 1995 with grants
from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), to
promote democracy and internationally-recognized
standards of human rights in Iran."

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
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for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.