What role did the Obama administration play…

… in the rolling up of a CIA operation in Iran and Lebanon?

That’s the question of the day given this cadre of America haters who are running the show:

Hassan_Nasrallah_Mahmoud_AhmadinejadIn a significant failure for the United States in the Mideast, more than a dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught and the U.S. government fears they will be or have been executed, according to four current and former U.S. officials with connections to the intelligence community.

The spies were paid informants recruited by the CIA for two distinct espionage rings targeting Iran and the Beirut-based Hezbollah organization, considered by the U.S. to be a terror group backed by Iran.

“Espionage is a risky business,” a U.S. official briefed on the developments told ABC News, confirming the loss of the unspecified number of spies over the last six months.

“Many risks lead to wins, but some result in occasional setbacks,” the official said.

Robert Baer, a former senior CIA officer who worked against Hezbollah while stationed in Beirut in the 1980’s, said Hezbollah typically executes individuals suspected of or caught spying.

“If they were genuine spies, spying against Hezbollah, I don’t think we’ll ever see them again,” he said. “These guys are very, very vicious and unforgiving.”

“If you lose an asset, one source, that’s normally a setback in espionage,” said Robert Baer, who was considered an expert on Hezbollah.

“But when you lose your entire station, either in Tehran or Beirut, that’s a catastrophe, that just shouldn’t be. And the only way that ever happens is when you’re mishandling sources.”

When you lose not just one but two entire stations, then you can’t help but consider treasonous acts.

Who knew what when?

It’s time for some people to face some questions.

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  • jim_m

    The current admin is dumb enough that they would give up the info as a gesture of good will thinking that by doing so they wil make friends with Akmadinejad.

    For some reason the left never fails to cater to murderers and terrorists.

    • Anonymous

      You mean the way Ollie North sold weps to Iran after Iran’s proxy Hezbollah bombed the Marine Barracks in Beirut, so that he could get money to arm nun-murdering Contras in El Salvador?  Or the way the Reagan administration also  played the other side by helping Saddam Hussein?

  • Anonymous

    Somewhere there’s an Obama administration official who was “unaware”.  Probably didn’t read his/her briefing memos.  Want to bet Jamie Gorlecki is somehow involved?

  • Anonymous

    What role did the Obama administration play….
    That’s the question of the day given this cadre of American haters who are running the show?

    So, retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, the Director of  the CIA, and presumably a major player in this ‘cadre’, has become “a hater of America” and is possibly guilty of “treasonous acts”? Good thing, Bush didn’t find that out, when he promoted him to be  the top US commander in Iraq and then commander of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) headquartered in Tampa, Florida, in October, 2008.

    • jim_m

      No. but i’d be willing to believe that some ideologue at State decided that this was a good play. It certainly fits in with their “Smart diplomacy”(TM).

    • Anonymous

      Rick’s posts get more demented and retarded every day.  And the rest of the Amen chorus here just follows along.  They’ll take shots at the Air Force, CIA, State, whoever, as part of the “Obama administration.”

      First, the whole story might be disinformation. 

      Second, as if CIA officers share their agent lists with State – lollllll.

      Third, wasn’t there a story that the whole network of agents was rolled up in Iran during the Bush Administration? 

      Oh yeah, there was, in a big comms f-up:


      Beirut has been a snakepit of spies for years.  Read the history of the place in the 1980s and how one of the station chiefs then, William Buckley, was captured and tortured.

      • Anonymous

        You have no idea how the CIA works, do you?  I take that as a good sign.

        However, I think the reflex posts blaming whatever bad things happen on the current administration are as poor as the ones the Democrats mass produced daily during Republican administrations.  Rubbish.

      • retired.military

        “First, the whole story might be disinformation”

        Yes but every story could be disinformation Chico.  Do you have the slightest shred of proof that this may be the case or are you talking out your ass like you normally do.

        • Proof?  He don’t need no stinkin’ proof.

          He’s a leftist.  If he can imagine it, it must be so – and he will challenge us to prove it isn’t.

          • Anonymous

            Well, spies and disinformation go together, and I’m hoping that it is disinformation.

    • Anonymous

      Nice straw man, Steve.

      Per the linked article, Hezbollah in June, and Iran in May, announced  news about spies being caught. Petraeus was put in charge of the CIA on Sep 6th.

      • retired.military


        Those piddly little facts.  What do they matter when talking to a liberal?

    • any leaks happen long before Petraeus became CIA director …  nice try though … 

  • John H

    While I am not a fan of the Obama administration, there are reasonable explanations as to how this could happen with out it being incompetence on the Obama administration’s part. Assuming two isolated rings. Probably one in Iran and one in Lebanon. Iran gets suspicious about someone and tails him. They track down the rest of the ring by following that one string. Then they plant some false information that will lead to any spies in Lebanon being tasked to investigate something. When they get a nibble, they follow him and track down the other network. Then when they think have both rings, they roll them up with simultaneous raids.
    All this doesn’t mean that it wasn’t some loose lips in the Obama administration that didn’t start the sequence, but to be fair, their is nothing to say it had to be their incompetence.

    • This seems like two local screwups.  Sources are never supposed to have knowledge of each other, so the only other thing is the way they were handled.  Which means the station chiefs dropped the ball.

      I feel for the families of these sources, who probably are six feet under as well.  

      /six feet under would probably be a “best case” scenario.

  • Anonymous

    I have no doubt that some pro palestinian ideologue released this information to the arabs. It is obvious to most (except liberals) that Obama does not sympathize or support Israel. Shame on whomever did this.  ww

  • its really funny to see Crickmore and Chico rushing to the defense of the CIA …

    • Anonymous

      There is something ugly and destructive when every agency and institution of government is accused of treason and the mostly hard-working Americans who work for government are smeared. 

      Like the Army-McCarthy hearings.

      • Anonymous

        In this instance none of what you attempt to provide cover for is being attacked.
        No “mostly hard-working Americans who work for government” are being “smeared” here, just the heads of the organizations. Like Leon Panneta, who had no experience what so ever in intelligence prior to being appointed by the SCOAMF going in to head the CIA other than his ability to be a good follower and a Clinton era toadie.

      • retired.military

        Oh you mean like it was when Bush was president right?
        Also name one person that McCarthy accused of being a communist that wasnt.

      • It is ugly when the President of The United States calls the people of The United States lazy, criticizes our country when abroad, and bows (both literally and figuratively) to leaders of other countries.  It is ugly when the President of the United States has done so much to weaken our status and security in the world.  It is ugly when the controlling administration does everything in its power to stop American business and destroy jobs.  His actions have caused us to question his loyalty and the possibility someone supporting his agenda would turn on our agents.

        What have we done to cause Chico to question our right to exercise our freedom of speech in these matters?  Could it be we have hit upon a hurtful truth?

        • retired.military

          Oh wait.  You mean CHICO questioned our right to free speech?  Mr Champion of the OWS  “free speech means I can do what I want, go where I want, shit on police cars and banks, pimp out underage girls, use drugs etc etc:” and the police dont have the right to tell me know BECAUSE I WANT TO!!”

          Not that lover of free speech Chico.  Who would have thunk it?

          • jim_m

            Chica will deny it but he is engaged in the typical lefty, “Your rights aren’t protected but the rights of me and my friends are”.

            Like I said Chica, the left see rights as only belonging to the ideologically pure.

          • Anonymous

            You can say it.  I can say it’s ugly.  Is that too complicated for you?

  • Anonymous

    Do you have some reason to suspect a Karl Rove, Valery Plame type of thing here?  If there is, it would be treason.

    • jim_m

      Yeah, except of course that Plame wasn’t undercover and Rove didn’t reveal her identity to anyone.

      Other than that your comment was 100% accurate.

      • retired.military

        Remember how the libs were howling for heads and frogmarching people in the plame affair and when it turned out to be Armitage they shut up and went away and buried their heads in the sand.  After blaming Bush of course.

      • Anonymous

        Plame had undercover agents in that died because of her outing.  Rove is quoted as saying that she was “fair game”.  I don’t understand how you can ignore that just because the administration was Republican.  Amazing.

  • Anonymous

    ackwired – “…reason to suspect a Karl Rove, Valery Plame type of thing here?”

    WTF are you talking about? Richard Armitage, “Oh
    I feel terrible. Every day, I think I let down the president. I let
    down the Secretary of State. I let down my department, my family and I
    also let down Mr. and Mrs. Wilson.”

    • retired.military

      You forgot “Oh and btw it is Bush’s fault”