Today I offer a topic that might have missed your "news-net" coverage of the eurozone crisis, US debt insanity, and a possible global recession. Folks, we may have the modern-day equivalent of the Cold War on our hands.
Go ahead and let go of the images of McCarthy at the podium, the Sputnik launch, and reel footage of schoolchildren ducking under desks; this cold war likens more to Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible than the original with Peter Graves. I'm referring to ongoing covert operations against Iran over its quest for nuclear capabilities, and its staunch position against the existence of Israel. After the defection of nuclear officials, the Stuxnet computer worm, and a few questionable "explosions," it is becoming increasingly clear that a cold war is being waged (and has been, since at least 2007) to ensure, simply put, some level of peace in the Middle East.
Take a look at this Security Intelligence Report (a short read) from my friends over at STRATFOR. And lest you forget why these spy missions matter beyond the Mission: Impossible intrigue they offer, recall that Iran is conveniently located on the narrow Strait of Hormuz, through which passes 40% of the world's seaborne oil. So a covert mission gone wrong or an Iranian countermove could elevate the current financial crisis into something of epic proportions.
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John Mauldin, Editor
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The Covert Intelligence War Against Iran
December 8, 2011 | 1725 GMT
There has been a lot of talk in the press lately about a "cold war" being waged by the United States, Israel and other U.S. allies against Iran. Such a struggle is certainly taking place, but in order to place recent developments in perspective, it…