Was Polonium-210 Being Smuggled for a Dirty Bomb?

In the recently published thriller,

The Shell Game,

Alten weaves a tale of a

plot to attack Iran. To overcome
resistance, a black op group associated with a
Republican administration arranges for nuclear devices
to be exploded in two American cities, with planted
evidence pointing to Iran.

Recent developments make one wonder
if fact is following fantasy.

The Bush regime`s propaganda
against Iran is going full blast and obviously has a
purpose. The foreign press reports that the reason for
Cheney`s latest trip abroad is to cajole, threaten, and
purchase support for a US attack on Iran.

The Israeli government continues to
see an Iranian nuclear weapon on the horizon and to
agitate for US action against Iran.

According to John McGlynn in

Japan Focus
(March 22, 2008), the Bush regime is
already attacking Iran with Treasury Department actions
to cut off Iran`s banking system from all international
banking relationships, thereby preventing Iran from
importing and exporting.  McGlynn calls the US
Treasury`s action a "US declaration of war on Iran."

Cheney`s trip shows that the Bush
regime is undeterred by the

National Intelligence Estimate
`s conclusion that
Iran abandoned several years ago any nuclear weapons
program that it might have had. The International Atomic
Energy Agency has never found evidence of an Iranian
nuclear weapons program. Despite all the facts and
without evidence, the Bush Regime continues to assert
that Iran has a nuclear weapons program that warrants an
American attack on Iran.

Gen. David Petraeus, commander of
US forces in Iraq and a member of the Cheney/neocon
team, blamed Easter Sunday`s bombardment of the
Green Zone in Baghdad on Iran. Petraeus
says the attack is

"in complete violation of promises made by President
Ahmadinejad and the other most senior Iranian leaders."
Petraeus`s claims are part of the neocon
propaganda campaign to build support for an attack on

Central Command chief Admiral
William Fallon is reported to have declared that there
would be no attack on Iran on his watch. With his

recent resignation
effective the end of March,
Fallon has been moved out of the picture. According to

news reports,
 Fallon derided Petraeus as a
and told him to his face that he
considered him to be "an ass-kissing little

That it is Fallon who is gone and
the ass-kissing little chickens–t who remains tells you
all you need to know about the US military under the
Cheney/Bush/neocon regime. It is an ass-kissing, yes
boss, military.

On his Web site, University of
Michigan professor and Middle East expert Juan Cole has

by Vanity Fair contributing editor
Craig Unger, author of The Fall of the House of Bush.
makes the point that the US attack on Iraq was not the
result of "mistaken intelligence." It was a
direct result of a plot by neoconservative conspirators,
who fabricated "evidence" and spread propaganda
that deceived Congress, the media, and the American

A conspiracy that would launch a
war on the basis of forged "intelligence" and
false allegations is a conspiracy that believes strongly
in its agenda. Such a conspiracy would not be content
with only partial achievement of its agenda. As we
should all know by now, the neoconservative agenda is
for the US to overthrow Iraq, Iran, and Syria at a
minimum. As neoconservative

Norman Podhoretz
has formulated the agenda, the goal
is to overthrow the regimes in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and
Pakistan in addition, and to clear Hezbollah out of

The difficulties of securing Iraq
and Afghanistan have not dented the neocons` faith in
their agenda, but time might be running out for the
neocons if we assume that Bush will step down and not
utter the two words—catastrophic emergency—that
transform him into a dictator, and that a war weary
voting public will not elect "Bomb bomb bomb Iran"

A McCain presidency would give the
neocons four more years to orchestrate an attack on
Iran. Jeffery St. Clair in CounterPunch, March

that Hillary`s vaulting ambition could cause
her to split and defeat the Democrats by playing the
race card against Obama so that she can run against
McCain in four years before she is too old for the game.

A conspiracy willing to launch an
invasion of a country on false pretenses would not
hesitate to pull off a false flag event if it would
further their agenda. The massive human, financial and
diplomatic cost of the Iraq invasion is a good
indication that neoconservatives are willing for America
to pay any price for establishing their agenda of
achieving American/Israeli hegemony over the Middle

We will likely never know, but a
neoconservative false flag operation might lie behind
what appears to have been the accidental poisoning of

Alexander Litvinenko
by a rare and tightly
controlled radioactive isotope, Polonium-210. Litvinenko,
a former member of KGB counterintelligence, operated in
the shadowy world of "security consultants" on a
fake passport given to him by the British government.
Litvinenko left Russia when his patron, oligarch Boris
Berezovsky fled to escape fraud charges.

The British government and websites
financed by Berezovsky

blamed Litvinenko`s mysterious death
on the Russian
Federal Security Service, which allegedly sent an agent
to put Polonium-210 in Litvinenko`s tea. On its face,
the tale is far-fetched, but it served to divert
attention from the fact that Polonium-210 had somehow
got into private hands.

Where had the Polonium come from?
No one knows, but nuclear physicist Gordon Prather noted
at the time that Litvinenko had recently been to Israel
and that Israel`s nuclear reactors are not subject to
international safeguards.

For what purpose was Polonium being
smuggled? No one knows, but Prather notes that
Polonium-210 has a short shelf-life that would turn any
stored weapon into a dud within months.

According to knowledgeable people,
Polonium-210 would be useful for a dirty bomb that would
do little real damage but would create enough fear and
hysteria for the neocons to start another war.

Steve Alten was more alert than the
media. He saw what might be the real story behind
Litvinenko`s death by Polonium-210. Realizing that
fantasy is one route by which Americans can be brought
to the facts, and hoping to preclude any such real world
event, Alten wrote a thriller predictive of our future
between now and 2012.

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
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.