posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 02:47 PM
I have searched for this and was surprised not to find it covered, it is a strange and conspiratorial story.
The story was in the Washington Post today, a 5 page story.
Gwenyth Todd had worked in a lot of places in Washington where powerful men didn’t hesitate to use sharp elbows.
But she was not prepared a few years later in Bahrain when she encountered plans by high-ranking admirals to confront Iran, any one of which, she
reckoned, could set the region on fire. It was 2007, and Todd, then 42, was a top political adviser to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
Two people who were there said Cosgriff mused in a staff meeting one day that he’d like to steam a Navy frigate up the Shatt al Arab, the
diplomatically sensitive and economically crucial waterway dividing Iraq and Iran. In another, they said, he wanted to convene a regional conference
to push back Iran’s territorial claims in the waterway, a flash point for the bloody Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Then he presented an idea that not
only alarmed Todd, but eventually, she believes, launched the chain of events that would end her career.
According to Todd and another witness, Cosgriff’s idea, presented in a series of staff meetings, was to sail three “big decks,” as aircraft
carriers are known, through the Strait of Hormuz — to put a virtual armada, unannounced, on Iran’s doorstep. No advance notice, even to Saudi
Arabia and other gulf allies. Not only that, they said, Cosgriff ordered his staff to keep the State Department in the dark, too.
Mental idea right? Well the story continues that Todd leaked the idea of plowing up the Persian Gulf unannounced to the State Department with
Cosgriff then ordered to make the visit of a second aircraft carrier public.
From this point on it gets even more mental and basically falls in to a chasm of a bad spy novel, I suggest you read the whole post but it basically
included an attempted link of Bahrain Shiites engaging in Iranian encourage anti-American terrorism. I'm still trying to work it all out after
finishing reading it earlier on today.
Juan Cole picked up this case on his site.
In spring of 2007, someone in the Bush administration (unindicted co-conspirator Richard Bruce Cheney? Neocons?) Sends uber hawk Vice Admiral
Kevin J. Cosgriff to Oil Gulf with instructions to provoke a war with Iran. He allegedly toys with challenging Iran’s claim to half of the Shatt
al-Arab. He certainly decided abruptly to bring two aircraft carriers to the Gulf, in hopes of provoking Iran into doing something stupid, and without
telling the State Department or the White House.
He also pushes analysis alleging that Bahrain Shiites intend anti-American terrorism on behalf of Iran. Adviser to the Navy Gwenyth Todd (former
National Security Council staffer) rightly challenges this stupid conspiracy theory (Bahrain Shiites are mostly Arab Akhbaris who reject ayatollahs,
and would not slavishly obey Persian, Usuli Iran!). I.e. Cosgriff was allegedly nearly making a coup in order to get up a war.
Failing something so drastic, he may have (or his Neocon superiors may have) hoped to forestall direct talks with Iran that month. Todd blows the
whistle on Cosgriff, letting State know about his intended insubordination. Word gets back to Neocons or whoever was behind the provocation and
Cosgriff that Todd was the leak. She is abruptly deprived of her base pass and security clearance, a trumped up case is made against her with the FBI
that she received money from a former boyfriend who did illegal consulting with Sudan (she says she returned the small sum he sent her).
Todd’s career is ruined, her inquiries and grievances are ignored, she marries an Austrlian naval officer and goes into exile in Perth. FBI harasses
her even there. Todd’s account is corroborated by Navy sources speaking off the record, according to the Washington Post.
This highly accomplished woman, who seems highly valued and trusted by all she has worked with, has basically been attacked for trying to prevent a
ridiculous situation with Iran where a war could have easily been the outcome. She has lost her job and had to flea abroad for fear of
What do members make of this?
edit on 26-8-2012 by Peruvianmonk because: Added link