Category: Regime change

The ‘Dear Comandante’ letter (1984)

Keeping the Senate out of the loop on arms control negotiations is a rather novel development, so it is with interest that 47 US senators wrote to the Iranian regime, warning that any agreement with the White House might not remain valid without Senate approval. The letter prompted an outcry of “treason” from supporters of the administration, with one lawmaker...

Iran presidential elections don’t matter, Waller tells Arabic TV

Iran’s elections being held today are illegitimate because all candidates are approved by the mullahs who control the regime, an IWP professor tells a US public diplomacy TV channel. (Institute of World Politics news release) “It doesn’t matter who wins the presidential elections in Iran,” Provost J. Michael Waller says on Alhurra, an Arabic-language satellite TV channel broadcast to the Middle East. “Every...

Syrian artists’ lethal weapon against regime: Satire

Faced with no real journalism and a weak Internet presence, Syrian artists have become increasingly courageous in skewering the Ba’athist Assad regime with a psychologically lethal weapon: Satire. As if to verify the artists’ effectiveness at psychological warfare, the regime in Damascus has responded with horrific brutality. Regime agents broke the hands of an opposition political cartoonist, mutilated and murdered...

Watching civil unrest is an important intelligence function

With Russians taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers since the last days of the Soviet Union, it’s important to analyze civil unrest so that our national leaders can exploit opportunities and influence events to change the corrupt and aggressive regime dominated by Vladimir Putin. There is excellent precedent for doing so. Monitoring civil unrest around the world can provide...

Report: Khamenei and son stashed billions in foreign accounts

(From IranChannel.org) Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his son Mojtaba have stolen billions of dollars from Iran and stashed the money in foreign accounts. This is according to a document that purports to show the ill-gotten wealth in foreign bank accounts of 1,000 of Iran’s leaders and family members. The list shows that Khamenei (in photo dressed in pink) and...

Details on the bitter conflict between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is afraid of many things, but what concerns him most right now is that his main rival, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seems to be spoiling for a nasty, public fight. Like mafia gang wars, this fight promises to be brutal. It’s the type of fight in which the civilized world should be rooting for both sides –...

Jamming Qaddafi – How the US can help destroy the Libyan regime with nonviolent military action

The US or other countries can take quick, decisive action to undermine the Qaddafi regime in Libya – at almost no cost and with little organization. President Obama should order the US military to jam the Libyan regime’s communications. Simple, non-lethal electronic warfare activities carried out off Libya’s coast can blind the regime, destroy its command and control, and isolate...

Washington Times likes my Iran idea

Defense Secretary Bob Gates recently did some more truth-telling when he appeared to say in a memo that the US lacks a strategy to deal with the threats posed by the mullahocracy in Iran. Before the New York Times leaked the contents of the memo on April 18, the Washington Times editors picked up on an extemporaneous talk on political...

Tropical chekists: The Sandinista secret police legacy in Nicaragua

by J. Michael Waller Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Summer 2004 As a revolutionary regime, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) that overthrew strongman Anastasio Somoza in 1979 swept away all vestiges of the old order. Virtually every single government structure, including the constitution, judiciary, legislature, and all instruments of security and force, was demolished and replaced with an...