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About Paul R. Hollrah
Paul R. Hollrah is a freelance writer. He is a member of the Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Missouri - Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute. He currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Too Strange for Hollywood?
Paul R. Hollrah
January 2, 2013
The headline read, "Clinton Injured, US Navy SEAL Killed In Secret Mission To Iran."

Below the headline, we are told the details of a Russian Foreign Ministry intelligence report "circulating in the Kremlin," saying that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was injured in the crash of an American C-12 Huron helicopter near the Iranian city of Ahvaz, just inside the border with Iraq. The report also tells us that a US Navy SEAL Commander was killed in the crash. He led a US Special Operations unit specializing in the protection of high-ranking US diplomats traveling in the Middle East and Asia.

It's the stuff of Hollywood thrillers. But would a secret mission to Tehran by Hillary Clinton be too strange even for Hollywood? Perhaps not. Let's take a look at a bit of covert statesmanship.

In the afternoon of May 10, 1941, a twin-engine Messerschmitt 110 took off from a runway in Augsburg, Germany, some 120 kilometers west-northwest of Munich. But this was no ordinary Me110. This particular airplane had been customized to be flown by a single pilot, instead of a crew of three; the fuel storage capacity had been increased to provide for hundreds of gallons of extra fuel; and the fuselage had been lengthened to carry a large inflatable dinghy. Nor was the plane piloted by any ordinary Luftwaffe pilot. The pilot was none other than Rudolph Hess, Adolph Hitler's most trusted senior advisor and Deputy Fuhrer of Nazi Germany.

Although the genesis of his mission is still unclear, his destination and the purpose of his mission are not. Hess's destination was Dungavel House, the Lanarkshire home of the Duke of Hamilton in Scotland, a major headquarters of the International Red Cross. After flying some 900 miles, Hess bailed out, broke his ankle, and was taken into custody by the local constabulary.

The purpose of Hess's mission was to discuss an Anglo-German peace agreement. Upon being questioned by British authorities, Hess insisted that the war between Germany and Great Britain was a mistake and that the real enemy of both countries was the Soviet Union. This was the message he wished to convey either to King George VI or to Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Was Hess acting alone? Was he under orders of conspirators within the German high command? Or was his bold mission hatched by the British themselves...as some have suggested? Unless additional documentation is found at this late date, we will probably never know which is true.

On July 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon announced that his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, had returned from a secret visit to Peking (now Beijing). Documents in the National
Security Archive explain that, "Since the beginning of his presidency in early 1969, and even earlier, Nixon had been interested in changing relations with China, not least to contain a potential nuclear threat but also, by taking advantage of the adversarial Sino-Soviet relationship, to open up another front in the Cold War with the Soviet Union."

According to Kissinger's account in his book, White House Years, while on an official visit to Islamabad, Pakistan, he feigned a severe stomachache following a July 8 dinner with Pakistani president Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan. After retiring early, at 10:00 PM, he was awakened at 3:00 AM on July 9, 1971. After a quick breakfast, he and a small traveling party...three NSC aides and two Secret Service agents...departed at 4:00 AM, driven to the Chaklala Airport in Pakistani military vehicles, accompanied by Pakistani Foreign Minister Sultan Khan.

Equipped with a hat and sunglasses to insure that "no stray pedestrian" spotted him, he and his party were driven to a Pakistani International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 707 parked on the military side of the airport, out of sight of his own US government aircraft. On board were Chinese navigators who had arrived on an earlier test run to Peking. At 4:30 AM they were airborne, the start of a 2,500 mile, four hour and forty-five minute, flight to Peking.

The Kissinger trip to Peking set the stage for President Nixon's February 1972 visit to Peking, an event that changed the course of world history.

In his book, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, Prof. Paul G. Kengor, of Grove City College (PA), includes the text of a May 14, 1983 memorandum found in the declassified archives of the Soviet Union.

According to the memorandum by Viktor Mikailovich Chebrikov, Chairman of the Committee on State Security of the USSR (KGB), to Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the USSR, he was visited by former US Senator John V. Tunney (D-CA) on May 9-10, 1983. Tunney was on a highly sensitive mission for his former University of Virginia law school roommate, a close friend and former senate colleague, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). The purpose of his mission was to enlist the Kremlin leadership in a grand scheme to defeat Ronald Reagan and other Republicans in the 1984 US elections.

According to the Chebrikov memorandum, Kennedy was convinced that the chilly relations between our two countries were due to Reagan's unwillingness to modify his strategic plan to win a final Cold War victory over the Soviets. As Tunney described Kennedy's frustration with the state of American politics, Reagan was able to rely on the results of his highly successful "Reaganomics" policies – reduced inflation, reduced taxes, increased productivity, a healthy business climate, and declining interest rates – to support his political standing with the American people, making it difficult for Democrats to attack him on foreign policy issues.

As Tunney described Kennedy's view to the Soviet spymaster, the only possible threat to Reagan was rooted in issues related to war and peace and Soviet-American relations. With help from the Soviets, those issues could become the most important of Reagan's 1984 reelection campaign. As Chebrikov wrote to Andropov, "Kennedy believes that, given the current state of affairs…, it would be prudent and timely to undertake the following steps" to counter Reagan's policies:

First, Kennedy asked Andropov to consider inviting him (Kennedy) to Moscow for a meeting in July 1983. The primary purpose would be to provide the Soviets with "talking points" related to nuclear disarmament so that they'd be "more convincing during appearances in the USA."

Finally, Kennedy felt that it would be helpful to have Chairman Andropov submit to a series of interviews with American TV networks. Tunney assured Chebrikov that Kennedy and his allies would take the necessary steps to have representatives of major US networks contact Andropov to schedule interviews. Specifically, he suggested that the head of ABC, Elton Raul, as well as television columnists, such as the late Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters, could visit Moscow.

Tunney explained that, since Kennedy had decided not to run for president in 1984, his speeches would be taken without prejudice, "as they are not tied to any campaign promises." Tunney said that Kennedy wanted to run for president in 1988 and suggested that, during the 1984 campaign, the Democrat Party "may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans...and elect their candidate president."

The use of the Soviet Union and the KGB to assist Democrats in winning American elections did not originate with Kennedy. The methodology is outlined by veteran journalists, Robert Moss, former editor of Foreign Report, and Arnaud de Borchgrave, former chief foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine, in their fact-based novel, The Spike (Crown Publishers, 1980).

On March 16, 1984, Lt. Col. William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by the Islamic terror group, Hezbollah. According to reports, approximately seven months after his kidnapping, his appearance was described as follows: "Buckley was close to a gibbering wretch. His words were often incoherent; he slobbered and drooled and, most unnerving of all, he would suddenly scream in terror, his eyes rolling helplessly and his body shaking...The CIA consensus was that he would be blindfolded and chained at the ankles and wrists and kept in a cell little bigger than a coffin."

Three weeks after Buckley's abduction, President Reagan signed the National Security Decision Directive 138, saying, "Get those men out of there." The directive, drafted by National Security Council aide, Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, outlined plans to win the release of our hostages in Iran while providing arms and supplies to the Contra guerillas in Nicaragua. The directive culminated in what came to be known as the "Iran-Contra" affair. But it came too late for Col. Buckley. On October 4, 1985, Islamic Jihad announced that it had executed William Buckley.

One month later, on Tuesday, November 4, 1986, CBS reported that Reagan's National Security Advisor, Bud McFarlane, along with his aide, Lt. Col. Oliver North, were being held captive in Tehran. In the days to follow we would learn the reason for their presence there. They were there to negotiate the release of the remaining Americans held in the Middle East.

Yes, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Could it be that Obama sent Clinton on a secret mission to Tehran? Hollywood might find it a bit strange, but so much of what we know about Obama and his administration is strange, bordering on the incredible. So who knows? If Hillary really has a blood clot, as reported, maybe she did bang her head in a helicopter crash.








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