Timmerman Cites Missile Defense Lobbyist’s Alarmist Claims Regarding an Iranian Nuclear Attack on US
Kenneth Timmerman, the Executive Director of the deceitfully named “Foundation for Democracy in Iran” published an article in the unreliable Newsmax, citing the remarks of William Graham (a key missile defense lobbyist) on the threat of a nuclear strike on the US by Iran. The article starts:
Iran has carried out missile tests for what could be a plan for a nuclear strike on the United States, the head of a national security panel has warned.
“The only plausible explanation we can find is that the Iranians are figuring out how to launch a missile from a ship and get it up to altitude and then detonate it,” he said. “And that’s exactly what you would do if you had a nuclear weapon on a Scud or a Shahab-3 or other missile, and you wanted to explode it over the United States.”
It is a well known fact that according to all the analysis conducted by every US intelligence agency and the IAEA, Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. But this does not deter Timmerman, and is not his first time ignoring facts in favor of shoddy, politically convenient claims based on pure fantasy. In 2006, Timmerman’s Iran Foundation reported that Iran was going to conduct a nuclear test before the Iranian new year. William Pitt reported in Truthout:
United Press International carried a story last Thursday about a group called the Foundation for Democracy in Iran. This group, according to the UPI story, claims that, “Tehran is planning a nuclear weapons test before the Iranian New Year on March 20, 2006.” FDI, according to the story, offered absolutely no proof to back this claim. But that’s not three to five years. That’s less than ten weeks. Scary stuff, right?
Take a closer look, however, and you can see the fingerprints of the architects of our current Iraq boondoggle all over this. The Foundation for Democracy in Iran is run by a man named Kenneth Timmerman. Timmerman is umbilically connected to the godfather of right-wing think tanks, the American Enterprise Institute. It was the American Enterprise Institute that spawned the Project for the New American Century, the think tank that gave us Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, the original noise about Iraqi WMD, and the idea that a military takeover of the entire Mideast is a bully idea. The same people that terrorized the American people into unnecessary war in Iraq are preparing to do the same with Iran, and all in time for the midterms.
One must also note the irony of the suggested date for this Iranian nuclear test. March 20, 2006, for those not paying attention, is the three-year anniversary of our invasion of Iraq. And round and round we go.
In this article, Timmerman makes the egregious claim that Iranians “would favor airstrikes.” The claim, of course is absurd, but also summons up the “we will be greeted as liberators” and “rose petal at tanks” comments prior to the invasion of Iraq. Similarly, on his website, Timmerman also attempts to connect Iran—a Persian Shiite country—to an extremist Sunni international terrorist organization.
Today, he is helping families of the victims of the September 11 attacks prepare a class action lawsuit against the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, because of its direct, material involvement in the al Qaeda plot to attack America.
Iran and al Qaeda based groups have been engaged in stiff opposition since before 9/11. In fact, al Qaeda’s Zawahiri sees Iran as a common enemy between the al Qaeda and the US.
Timmerman’s ultra-right wing “Foundation for Democracy in Iran” gets no support from Iranians and in fact, has met with significant opposition from prominent Iranian groups and activists; it is viewed largely as a self-interested right wing front designed to invoke regime change in Iran.
Timmerman’s article on Graham’s claims is based on the preposterous scenario of Iran sneaking a non-existant nuclear weapon mounted on a missile on a cargo ship half-way around the world past US defenses and detonating it in the sky over the United States. The article and testimony resort to shameless fear-mongering by arousing visions of a post nuclear apocalypse US:
The United States “would quickly revert to an early 19th century type of country.” except that we would have 10 times as many people with ten times fewer resources, he said.
“Most of the things we depend upon would be gone, and we would literally be depending on our own assets and those we could reach by walking to them,” Graham said.
America would begin to resemble the 2002 TV series, “Jeremiah,” which depicts a world bereft of law, infrastructure, and memory.
In the TV series, an unspecified virus wipes out the entire adult population of the planet. In an EMP attack, the casualties would be caused by our almost total dependence on technology for everything from food and water, to hospital care.
Within a week or two of the attack, people would start dying, Graham says.
“People in hospitals would be dying faster than that, because they depend on power to stay alive. But then it would go to water, food, civil authority, emergency services. And we would end up with a country with many, many people not surviving the event.”
Asked just how many Americans would die if Iran were to launch the EMP attack it appears to be preparing, Graham gave a chilling reply.
“You have to go back into the 1800s to look at the size of population” that could survive in a nation deprived of mechanized agriculture, transportation, power, water, and communication.
“I’d have to say that 70 to 90 percent of the population would not be sustainable after this kind of attack,” he said.
Of course, it is worth considering whether Graham’s significant ties as a lobbyist for the controversial missile defense system may have motivated his alarmist remarks. The conference which Graham gave his “testimony” was hosted by the by the far right Claremont Institute.
Irancove @ July 30, 2008