Scott Horton Interviews Ray McGovern

Scott Horton, October 16, 2011

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Ray McGovern, member of Veterans For Peace and former senior analyst at the CIA, discusses his article “Petraeus’s CIA Fuels Iran Murder Plot;” fixing the facts around the policy yet again, this time to start a war with Iran; why you can bet Petraeus’s first objective as CIA director was to make analysts stop honest assessments of the failing Afghanistan War, and start saying “the surge worked;” how Obama’s advisors are limiting his options and trapping him into a war with Iran; and why you should get out and protest government wrongdoing (there’s plenty to choose from).

MP3 here. (33:39)

Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the John F. Kennedy administration to that of George H. W. Bush. His articles appear on Consortium News and Antiwar.com.

20 Responses to “Ray McGovern”

  1. If Public in USA can vote George Bush twice so this Plot of thirg grade spy scenario surely public would believe.
    New Chief of CIA is again not very inteligent man the plot says a lot about the writer in this case a Petreaus. Compeare him to Putin no contest.
    Empire going down thats for sure.
    Assasination of Saudy diplomat will be much easier in Turkey Pakistan India,why would you employ Wisky drinking second car dealer to cooperate with Drug cartell to even think about assasination of the diplomat in USA? If Public believe that America really going down.
    Digg in and you will end up in Israel.

  2. It's not just Ray who's come a long way these past few years either. Conversations that would have been impossible only a few years back are now taking place everywhere you go, with some of them even translating into direct action.
    Difficult therefore not to feel a small glimmer of optimism, even as we catch sight of the abyss that an all out war with Iran would surely plunge us into.

  3. There won't be a war against Iran period ! I have being hearing about a possible strike or war against Iran for the last 5 to 6 year's. The israeli and America establishments maybe crazy but they are not that crazy.

  4. Oh yes they are. Arrogant fools, blinded by hubris and hate.

  5. A war with Iran has ONE good element: How can the Pentagon then justify the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland ? A nuclear missile threat from North Korea ?
    Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-wrote on the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike." To take out the Russian second strike force, i.e. the missiles surviving First Strike with Minuteman-3 and Trident-2. They have an accuracy of 30 meters or less, enough to destroy a missile silo. The US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously according to Bob Aldridge. The missiles in the three countries lead to Launch On Warning, probably by 2014. And this leads to Nuclear War by mistake. Bob Aldridge: America in Peril (Hope Publishing). GPS (formerly NAVSTAR) was developed for midcourse corrections and First Strike Capability. Also, the warheads on Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 are designed to minimize nuclear winter effects when used against missile silos. The bloody fools in the Pentagon (General Harbottle said so because they don´t realize that a disarming first strike capability leads to Launch On Warning and Nuclear War by mistake/malfunction) are not content with MAD, they go for NUTS, Unanswerable First Strike Capability. As it leads to suicide, Bob Aldridge resigned. A war with Iran may save us-for how can they then justify the missiles in the three countries ?

  6. Wouldn't one of the agendas of U.S. military action against Iran be to shut down OWS movement via instating martial law?

  7. Ray McGovern: “Its not beyond all possibility that Brannon, in concert with Israeli intelligence, is peddling this stuff and not being clear with the President about how real it is.”

    My though is, it all depends on working relationship paid actors Obama and Brannon have with the corporate rich who hand picked them for the job.

  8. It's not just Freedom Plaza! McPherson Square is occupied, and just a few blocks away, on K Street no less!

  9. Add to the mix the Wikileak cable documenting Petraeus' meetiing with Saudi Arabia's King and Intelligence Chief during a 2008 visit to Riyadh:

    "10. (S) The King was particularly adamant on [rolling back Iranian influence], and it was echoed by the senior princes as well. Al-Jubeir recalled the King's frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program. "He told you to cut off the head of the snake."

    As for the banking aspect of the plot, – every narco-intelligence deep event is intimately tied with 'black network' banks like BCCI that launder the vast sums of heroin cash across the globe. But the two alleged wire transfers totaling $100,000 "sent from a non-Iranian foreign bank" is both pocket change and sloppy. As McGovern mentions the international financial system is under -heavy- US surveillance in the post-911 world.

    But no use playing detective for too long on such unfathomable deep events – we all have more important things to do at the moment.

  10. What's this "Obama's getting bad advice" nonsense? Did you see how fast he got to the microphone on this one. He's TOLD what to do and he does it. Plain and simple. He's just a subservient tool.

  11. Ray McGovern has it nailed. Petraeus–that four-star neocon hack turned CIA Director–is willing to manufacture whatever "evidence" the warmongers want.

    Petraeus is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. West Point's motto is "Duty, Honor, Country." Its mission is to produce leaders of character for the nation. With regard to Petraeus, those principles didn't take.

  12. O-Bomb-a–like everyone in the District of Corruption–is special interest-owned-and-operated.

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