Friday, August 08, 2003

Messing with Iran

Knut Royce and Timothy M. Phelps of Newsday report that the "Pentagon hardliners pressing for regime change in Iran have held secret and unauthorized meetings in Paris with a controversial arms dealer who was a major figure in the Iran-contra scandal."

So, while the Bush administration is allegedly "paralyzed over Iran," other forces just outside the administration are doing their best to undermine the Iranian leadership and foment some kind of internal revolt.

Michael Ledeen -- who else? -- is probably the person who has been coordinating the meetings between two of Douglas Feith's underlings, Harold Rhode and Larry Franklin, and Manucher Ghorbanifar, the infamous businessman who facilitated the arms-for-hostages deal with Iran in the 1980s.