September 26, 2012 by ppjgJohn Boering
Patrick Clawson is the Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). He was an economist for the UN’s International Monetary Fund and the UN World Bank.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) is a Washington, DC based think tank that was founded in 1985 by Martin Indyk. According to Wikipedia, Indyk started to set up a research department for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobbyist organization, but felt his research was not taken seriously because of his affiliation with AIPAC, so he created WINEP. WINEP has been criticized as being the fiercest enemies of Arabs and Muslims, and the most powerful propaganda tool in the US.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) received over $8.6 million in grants from undisclosed donors in 2010 and had assets totaling $24 million.
AIPAC received $64.6 million in funding in 2011: $46 million from undisclosed donors, $11.5 million from fundraising events and $6.6 million from related organizations. They had total assets worth $105 million in 2011.
In this undated video, Patrick Clawson says “crisis initiation” to go to war with Iran would be difficult, and that the traditional way that the US goes to war is for what would be best for US interests. Clawson then mentions other false flag events (covert operations designed to deceive) as examples of incidents that led the US into war (Pearl Harbor, the Lusitania, the Gulf of Tonkin episode, etc). He says “we ARE in the game of using covert means against the Iranians. We could get nastier at that.”