US and Israel fabricating lies to provoke war with Iran: Ex-CIA officer

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing from London Stansted Airport, north of London, on May 9, 2019. (AFP photo)

A former American counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the CIA says some elements in the Donald Trump administration in collaboration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are fabricating lies in order to provoke a war with Iran.

“The United States is moving dangerously forward in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to provoke a war with Iran, apparently based on threat intelligence provided by Israel,” Philip Giraldi wrote in article published on Friday.

“The claims made by National Security Advisor John Bolton and by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that there is solid evidence of Iran’s intention to attack US forces in the Persian Gulf region is almost certainly a fabrication, possibly deliberately contrived by Bolton and company in collaboration with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” he stated.

“It will be used to justify sending bombers and additional naval air resources to confront any possible moves by Tehran to maintain its oil exports, which were blocked by Washington last week. If the US Navy tries to board ships carrying Iranian oil it will undoubtedly, and justifiably, provoke a violent response from Iran, which is precisely what Bolton, Pompeo and Netanyahu are seeking,” he noted.

“It would be difficult to find in the history books another example of a war fought for no reason whatsoever. As ignorant as President Donald Trump and his triumvirate or psychotics Bolton, Pompeo and Elliott Abrams are, even they surely know that Iran poses no threat to the United States,” he continued.

The analyst wrote that the “influence of Israel over US foreign policy is undeniable, with Washington now declaring that it will ‘review ties’ with other nations that are considered to be unfriendly to” Israel.

In an interview with Press TV on Thursday, Scott Bennett, a former US military psychological warfare officer and political commentator, said America’s CIA and Israel’s Mossad are conflating and distorting intelligence to push the United States into a military conflict with Iran.

On Wednesday, American Muslim Representative Ilhan Omar accused the Trump administration of preparing the ground for direct confrontation with Iran using inflated intelligence data.

She said that the US intelligence community was making up excuses to justify hostile anti-Iran policies just as it did before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

On Sunday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton announced the deployment of an American carrier strike group to the Middle East, citing a "credible threat" from Iran.

The US Air Force acknowledged Friday that B-52 bombers ordered by the White House to deploy to the Persian Gulf to counter unspecified threats from Iran have arrived at a major American air base in Qatar.

Images released by the US Air Force’s Central Command show B-52H Stratofortress bombers arriving at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Thursday night.

Trump was asked about the deployment decision on Thursday. He said Iran had been "very threatening."

"We have information that you don’t want to know about. They were very threatening, and we just want to have — we have to have great security for this country," Trump said.

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