Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with U.S. President Barack Obama at White House fence-mending meeting on July 6, 2010.

A group of former and serving US intelligence officers established an intelligence network in 2003 under the name “Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)”. The agenda of the group was to investigate foreign influence on US intelligence community and warn the US government about it being sucked into a war which doesn’t serve American interests.

The VISP steering committee includes Ray Close (CIA, 26 years), Phil Giraldi (CIA, 20 years), Larry Johnson (CIA, 24 years), Col. W. Patrick Lang (Defense intelligence, 30 years), Ray McGovern (US intelligence officer, 30 years), Coleen Rowley (FBI, 24 years) and Col. Ann Wright (US Army, 29 years and 16 years in US Foreign Service).

VIPS, in a Memorandum, has warned Barack Obama that USA is being sucked into an illegal war against the Islamic Republic by some members of his administration, whose loyalties are to Israel than the US.


We write to alert you to the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran as early as this month. This would likely lead to a wider war.

Israel’s leaders would calculate that once the battle is joined, it will be politically untenable for you to give anything less than unstinting support to Israel, no matter how the war started, and that U.S. troops and weaponry would flow freely. Wider war could eventually result in destruction of the state of Israel.

This can be stopped, but only if you move quickly to pre-empt an Israeli attack by publicly condemning such a move before it happens.

We believe that comments by senior American officials, you included, reflect misplaced trust in Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu.

Actually, the phrasing itself can be revealing, as when CIA Director Panetta implied cavalierly that Washington leaves it up to the Israelis to decide whether and when to attack Iran, and how much “room” to give to the diplomatic effort.

Netanyahu believes he holds the high cards, largely because of the strong support he enjoys in our Congress and our strongly pro-Israel media.

Even if the U.S. were to be sucked into a war provoked by Israel, there is absolutely no guarantee that the war would come out well.

Were the U.S. to suffer significant casualties, and were Americans to become aware that such losses came about because of exaggerated Israeli claims of a nuclear threat from Iran, Israel could lose much of its high standing in the United States.

There could even be an upsurge in anti-Semitism, as Americans conclude that officials with dual loyalties in Congress and the executive branch (Democrats, Republicans, and independents are members of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) - a lobbying group that advocates for pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States. The current President of the AIPAC is Lee Rosenberg, from Chicago, Illinois.) threw our troops into a war provoked, on false pretenses, by Likudniks for their own narrow purposes.

We do not have a sense that major players in Tel Aviv or in Washington are sufficiently sensitive to these critical factors.

You are in position to prevent this unfortunate, but likely chain reaction. We allow for the possibility that Israeli military action might not lead to a major regional war, but we consider the chances of that much less than even.

Very recent events that supports VISP’s MEMORANDUM

Four-fifths of the U.S. House and Senate recently declared in correspondence to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. must reaffirm its “unbreakable bond” with Israel. What persuaded Congress to proclaim their loyalty to Israel while the US military is waging war in the Middle East based on fabricated intelligence?

Yesterday former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton (one of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s top ally) declared Israel’s intent on attacking Iran in the coming days with the following remarks - “Israel has only mere days to launch an attack on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor if Russia makes good on its plan to deliver fuel there this weekend.” He said that once Russia has loaded the fuel into the reactor — slated for Saturday – Israel would no longer be willing to strike for fear of triggering widespread radiation in an attack.

Today United States president Barack Obama left Washington for an unscheduled 10 day vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. Did Obama decide that “It’s time to get out of Dodge”?