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Fool Me Once

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February 12, 2007

By HAL BROWN

Is intelligence being hyped again, this time to implicate Iran as an active enemy of America in Iraq? And if so, are American journalists buying it hook, line and sinker?

That’s what I wondered today when I read the Washington Post article “Iran Sending Explosives to Extremist Groups in Iraq, Officials Say.”

(Quotes below are from the article.)

It seems that on the condition of anonymity,

“three defense officials from the U.S.-led Multi-National Force in Baghdad, laid out for reporters what they described as a ‘growing body of evidence’ that Iran is manufacturing and exporting into Iraq the armor piercing explosives, known as ‘explosively formed penetrators,’ or EFPs, that have killed more than 170 coalition troops, and wounded more than 620 others, in the past two years.”

Consider that these “concerned” defense department officials decided to talk “because they are increasingly concerned about the number of casualties caused by these weapons.”

Excuse me?

Why do these officials have to be so secretive? Are we expected to believe that they are some kind of whistle blowers “leaking” information to the press and insisting their identities not be revealed.

Does it take a cynic to think they just might have been directed to reveal specific information by their superiors high in the government as part of a plan to trump up a case against Iran when one of them states:

“Iran is a significant contributor to attacks on coalition forces.”

The Post described how the anonymous defense department explosives expert in the group detailed why each deadly weapon laid out on a table had the earmarks of manufacture in Iran. Credulous readers of the Post are supposed to believe on faith the following:

  • The weapons on the table really were found in Iraq.
  • They really could have only come from Iran.
  • That even if these two claims are true, the Iranian weapons came to Iraq as part of official Iranian policy.
  • I could hardly believe it when one of the officials was quoted using the very word that came to my mind when I began to read the article:

    “It is a force-protection issue, (we) are not trying to hype this up to be more than it is.”

    Deadly weapons, found in Iraq and purportedly made in Iran laid out on a table, and this isn’t hype?

    Say it isn’t so and it won’t be so. There’s some magical thinking.

    If this wasn’t so serious, I’d be inclined to laugh at the last comment quoted in the article:

    “The smoking gun of an Iranian standing over an American with a gun, it’s never going to happen. It’s plausible deniability, I mean, they invented it.”

    The Iranians invented plausible deniability? There’s a good one.

    (Hal Brown is a clinical social worker and former mental health center director who is mostly retired from his private psychotherapy practice. He writes on the psychopathology of public figures and other topics that pique his interest. He can be found online at www.stressline.com)

    Addendum: This just out in Newsweek, article “Rumors of War:”

    But the fact remains that the longstanding war of words between Washington and Tehran is edging toward something more dangerous. A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and NEWSWEEK has learned that a third carrier will likely follow. Iran shot off a few missiles in those same tense waters last week, in a highly publicized test.

    (Hal Brown is a clinical social worker and former mental health center director who is mostly retired from his private psychotherapy practice. He writes on the psychopathology of public figures and other topics that pique his interest. He can be found online at www.stressline.com)

    33 Responses to Fool Me Once

    1. Phil

      February 12, 2007 at 2:16 pm

      So what? If Iran was doing any or all of those things, it still wouldn’t be the slightest justification for a military confrontation. (Not that that’s ever mattered.)

      Sadly, I can’t be too hopeful. Since the people aren’t buying the phony ‘intelligence’ this time around, that just means the terrorists in DC will be planning yet another “galvanizing event, like a new Pearl Harbor.” Let’s all pray for a complete military coup before then.

    2. Susan

      February 12, 2007 at 2:38 pm

      Here in Maine we are making a concerted effort on the 14th to get the impeachment effort out of the basement and into the lime light by calling our reps ALL DAY. Call your state reps on Valentine’s Day a demand IMPEACHMENT.

    3. TRUTH 101

      February 12, 2007 at 2:58 pm

      Good Morning ALL !!

      Superior Article Hal and great comments everyone IMHO:

      Look, 9/11 WAS our SECOND Pearl Harbor

      There was or were warnings then that were ignored and there were warnings about )/11 that were ignored.

      The scariest part of all of this is that the commentors are correct. The Congress of the United States, newly and duly elected by basically the 70% of Americans that are waking up, have so far by their ACTIONS indicated to all of us that they have no interest NOR any intention of doing a damn thing to stop, as was said abouve the PNAC PLAN of 1997.

      Another scary part is the FACT that their are STILL 27% of Americans who believe that George W. BUSH is acting in the best interests of both the country and his religion which is TOTAL BS. I think we have reached the point where it will NOT GO LOWER.

      Many of these in MY OPINION are religious Fanatics who believe in the Rapture and put their faith above breathing air if asked to. Then there are about 8% who attend the wrestling matches regularly when in town and believe that this is real. I use that only as a metaphor and not in any way a slam at the aspect of the fact that it is just entertainment. There are many who when told it is just entertainment would NEVER believe it.

      BUSH is responsibe IMO but is REALLY not doing any of this personally.

      This is Cheney’s Wolfowitz’s and the entire PNAC membership list (save Dan Quayle) the second string quarterback to BUSH.

      Yes he must be stopped, and YES it is NOT going to happen by simply writing about it here or on any other blog. This needs to be a people action. 73% of the people will do nicely, but the unfortunate part of all of that is that thios 73% are split 50 different ways on most of these issues. Many simply do not believe it is as Bad as you all say and therein lies the problem for sure

      IT IS !! But don’t think for a minute that Cheney and all the other card carrying members of PNAC do not know that divide and conquer is the best way to get anything through they want and the PLAN IS WORKING:

    4. Hal Brown

      February 12, 2007 at 3:04 pm

      Phil (and all) – This is also from Paul Krugman’s “Scary Movie 2″ OpEd:

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      “But war with Iran is a harder sell, so sending several aircraft carrier groups into the narrow waters of the Persian Gulf, where a Gulf of Tonkin- type incident could all too easily happen, might be just the thing.”

      ======

      For those whose memory may be cloudy, this is from Wikipedia:

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      “The GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT was an alleged pair of attacks by naval forces of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam against two American destroyers, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy. The attacks occurred on 2 and 4 August 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin. Later research, including a report released in 2005 by the National Security Agency, indicated that the second attack most likely did not occur, but also attempted to dispel the long-standing assumption that members of the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson had knowingly lied about the nature of the incident.

      The outcome of the incident was the passage of the Southeast Asia Resolution (better known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution), which granted Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose governments were jeopardized by communist aggression and which served as Johnson’s legal justification for escalating American involvement in the Vietnam Conflict.”

      =====

      and to repeat with added emphasis, this from Newsweek’s cover story “Rumors of War”.

      =====

      “A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and NEWSWEEK has learned that a third carrier will likely follow. IRAN SHOT OFF A FEW MISSILES IN THOSE SAME TENSE WATERS LAST WEEK, IN A HIGHLY PUBLICIZED TEST.”

      ====

      Considering that Iran is led by a raving lunatic he might repeat the Persian Gulf missile tests while the carrier groups are nearby. This would give his counterparts in Washington the excuse they need to start the Mideast War.

    5. Chris K.

      February 12, 2007 at 3:21 pm

      Very sad to see what our Nation has turned into. I saw a similar article in the on line WSJ yesterday. It is truly amazing that the controlled press thinks we are all idiots. To get a sense for how “unfree” the press is, take a look at Brzezinski’s talk to the Senate Foreign Relations committe last week and what he had to say about the war, our leaders, and our convolutted policy in the Middle East. This is the ex National Security Advisor from the Carter Administration – definitelt a man in the know with many connections. As far as I can tell, It was NOT COVERED BY THE MAINSTREAM PRESS. Google “brzezinski political bombshell” to see what he told our Senators. Read this and think about control….

      PNAC is indeed frightening; yet more of the same SRC 68 but much worse.

      I keep writing my Representative, Pelosi, and Senators to impeach C and B.

    6. anthny

      February 12, 2007 at 3:21 pm

      I doubt the that a military coup would work, since the military is in on the deception. It keeps them working and making money.

      The right answer is to start the impeachment exercise, but the senate is in on the scam to and could care less what the american people want.

      This is a two party dictatorship.

      We lost our government at the end of WWll, we came away from that war with a hugh ego and no brains.

    7. TRUTH 101

      February 12, 2007 at 3:21 pm

      HAL:

      EXACTLY….and this is exactly what the PNAC movers and shakers want.

      By the way anyone notice that the folks,

      that should know, have NEVER, NEVER confirmed with ANY certainty that Iran is pursuing Nuclear technowlegy for ANY OTHER PURPOSE other than power generation. Every single assurance that they are without any doubt has come from this administration

      Yes, IRAN IS in fact lead by a looney-tune, but a very smart and street savvy one. …and correct me if I am wrong but even he is starting to realise that he is dealing with complete “stop at nothing despots” PNAC and is running the risk by his rhetoric that he COULD get invaded

    8. Minuteman

      February 12, 2007 at 3:23 pm

      I expect a hundred or so comments on this one – Glad Doug is exposing all these criminals. But in addition to commenting here, it is really important that each reader/commentator WRITE TO SEVERAL CONGRESSPEOPLE. Demand the following:

      1. Impeachment of Bush & Cheney (I know – not going to happen – but demand it anyway).

      2. Figure a way to get US military out of Iraq as soon as logisticaly possible, and implement it.

      3. Make sure the entire executive dep’t knows for sure that if there is any military attack against any other country (Iran) without a formal declaration of war from COngress, immediate impeachment proceedings will start, and no funds will be available for such a criminal misadventure.

      Blog here all you want – might relieve your blood pressure is all, but WRITE TO CONGRESS – that’s the only way it will do any good.

    9. Ray

      February 12, 2007 at 4:23 pm

      Nicholas is right. It will take disrupting the dailey business of the nations commerce and clogging the streets of DC to apply the pressure needed. That will require sacrifice on everyones part including time from work and expense to travel. But that cost will be a mere pittance to the cost of inaction. And, Rudy is not one to be trusted. He was well aware of 911 as he vacated his command center well before it was threatened and he stated the towers would be falling. He is one of them.

    10. Hal Brown

      February 12, 2007 at 3:40 pm

      The story keps getting “curiouser and curiouser” (as Alice said, see below) if this unverified news report is true:

      ====

      “But, wait, one of the three supposedly unnamed US officials apparently has been outed by an Iraqi news service, Voices of Iraq, whose report on the Baghdad news conference identified one of the three speakers as Major General William Caldwell, whose portfolio includes public affairs and who holds frequent news conferences and grants one-on-one interviews. So, if the VOI report identifying Caldwell is correct, why did every other news organization apparently agree to grant anonymity to the general who’s the official spokesman of the US-led Multi-National Force in Iraq? Why would Caldwell insist on not having his name associated with these allegations today?”

      ====\/

      from: Stop This Now: Nameless Accusers, Sourcing:

      Identify US Officials Presenting Disputed Evidence Against Iran

      By EASON JORDAN

      cut and paste url:

      http://tinyurl.com/3bn8qy

      ======

      Would any of this be remotely funny. The administration makes Wonderland look like Walton’s Mountain.

      \\//

      ..\/..

      ““Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). “Now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!” (for when she looked down at her feet they seemed to be almost out of sight, they were getting so far off). “Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I’m sure I shan’t be able! I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you: you must manage the best way you can—but I must be kind to them,” thought Alice, “or perhaps they won’t walk the way I want to go! Let me see. I’ll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.”

      And she went on planning to herself how she would manage it. “They must go by the carrier,” she thought; and how funny it’ll seem, sending presents to one’s own feet! And how odd the directions will look!

      Oh, dear! What nonsense I’m talking!”

    11. TRUTH 101

      February 12, 2007 at 4:02 pm

      Anthny

      Partly correct IMO. MANY, MANY military RETIRED in the grades of 0-8 and above ARE IN ON THE DECEPTION as you say, but the everyday enlisted active duty person and Officers in the grades of 0-7 and below are not. That is the BULK of the military.

      You see, you support this Administration and for that matter and quite honestly any administration by repeating to popular party line…and if you are 0-8 or above you get a plum at a defense contractor, when you “retire.” Some get a show or 15 seconds of fame on FOX

      On another subject:

      I am not yet sure of Guliani but Obama certainly. If there was EVER a time to get a third party going. HERE are two excellent candidates. The Republicrats don’t like Guliani because of his stand on social issues and.

      Obama IMO scares the hell out of BOTH parties as they have nothing on him except a picture of him at the beach.

      The two party system is what needs change,,,but even this congress will never do this. Pelosi is either unsure, scared to death or stupid, maybe all three for notseeing the will of 70% of the people who WOULD IMO SUPPORT an impeachment proceeding against both Cheney and BUSH. She can then DELCINE the JOB if she doesn’t want it.

      Impeachment will take too long and drag the nation through a quagmire is a BS excuse.

      IMO BUSH AND CHENEY AND RUMSFELF AND WOLFOWITZ and others belong in JAIL for what they have done to a once very proud, decent and powerful nation.

      Now the nation is just so much rhetoric IMO. THEY are the power…AND THEY BELIEVE IT

    12. Nicholas H.

      February 12, 2007 at 4:04 pm

      I hate to disappoint Minuteman, but writing to Congress does no good whatsoever. I, and hundreds of thousands of others, have been writing to our Congressional parasites for six years now and nothing has changed.

      As Anthony says above, “This is a two-party dictatorship.” The system we once had no longer works.

      None of this will stop or change until a million or more angry U.S. citizens are clogging the streets of DC and shutting this government down until Constitutional democracy is restored in Washington.

    13. Hal Brown

      February 12, 2007 at 4:07 pm

      This seems to be getting CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER,

      (for the moment I quite forgot how to write good English as Alice would say – below)

      assuming this is true:

      =======

      But, wait, one of the three supposedly unnamed US officials apparently has been outed by an Iraqi news service, Voices of Iraq, whose report on the Baghdad news conference identified one of the three speakers as Major General William Caldwell, whose portfolio includes public affairs and who holds frequent news conference and grants one-on-one interviews. So, if the VOI report identifying Caldwell is correct, why did every other news organization apparently agree to grant anonymity to the general who’s the official spokesman of the US-led Multi-National Force in Iraq? Why would Caldwell insist on not having his name associated with these allegations today?

      from:

      STOP THIS NOW: NAMELESS ACCUSERS, SOURCING

      Identify US Officials Presenting Disputed Evidence Against Iran

      By EASON JORDAN in Iraqslogger

      copy and paste URL to read his commentary

      http://tinyurl.com/3bn8qy

      =====

      =====

      MEANWHILE, as secret plans are probably underway to bomb Iran, and the Iraq surge has begun, we read this in today’s Washington Post:

      =====

      THOUSANDS OF ARMY HUMVEES LACK ARMOR UPGRADE

      The Army is working to fill a shortfall in Iraq of thousands of advanced Humvee armor kits designed to reduce U.S. troop deaths from roadside bombs — including a rising threat from particularly lethal weapons linked to Iran and known as “explosively formed penetrators” (EFP) — that are now inflicting 70 percent of the American casualties in the country, according to U.S. military and civilian officials.

      The additional protection is needed for thousands of U.S. reinforcement troops flowing into Baghdad, where these devastating weapons — used primarily by Shiite fighters — are particularly prevalent, the officials said.

      http://tinyurl.com/2ulkxv

      ======

      “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). “Now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!” (for when she looked down at her feet they seemed to be almost out of sight, they were getting so far off). “Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I’m sure I shan’t be able! I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you: you must manage the best way you can—but I must be kind to them,” thought Alice, “or perhaps they won’t walk the way I want to go! Let me see. I’ll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.”

      And she went on planning to herself how she would manage it. “They must go by the carrier,” she thought; and how funny it’ll seem, sending presents to one’s own feet! And how odd the directions will look!

      Oh, dear! What nonsense I’m talking!”

    14. TRUTH 101

      February 12, 2007 at 5:15 pm

      RAY;

      Your kidding ???

      Sorry, but you’ll have to provide a source for that statement. Not a full Guliani Fan either but just like watching him giving these religious fanatics the heebee jeebees when he runs as a Republicrat.

      Nicholas

      I agree but first, (becaue the likelyhood that your suggestion will happen anytime soon is remote…based on still the Malaise of Americans in general.

      Pick two people TWO LONG TERM Congressmen and overwhelm them with letters and e-mails. IFO the MAJOR NETWORKS

      Threaten a march, certainly if NOT addressed by a certain date

      Two things will happen:

      Certainly news coverage. That in turn will FORCE Congress to make statements and deal with it.

      It sure as hell

    15. Hal Brown

      February 12, 2007 at 5:27 pm

      EDITOR AND PUBLISHER faults BOTH The New York Times and just a few minutes ago, The Washinton Post for its reporting on Iran and how the government’s case that they are implicated in mischief in Iraq is a slam dunk.

      The New York Times

      What is the source of this volatile information? (blaming Iran) Nothing less than “civilian and military officials from a broad range of government agencies.”

      Sound pretty convincing? Well, almost all the sources in the story are unnamed. It also may be worth noting that the author is Michael R. Gordon, the same Times reporter who, on his own, or with Judith Miller, wrote some of the key, and badly misleading or downright inaccurate, articles about Iraqi WMDs in the run-up to the 2003 invasion.

      http://tinyurl.com/23kn2m

      =====

      UPDATE: ‘Wash Post’ Joins ‘NYT’ in Trumpeting ‘Anonymous’ Claims on Iranian Weapons in Iraq

      excerpt

      First it was Michael Gordon in The New York Times on Saturday. Now The Washington Post and other media outlets have joined in suggesting a slam dunk case for Iranian weapons killing Americans in Iraq.

      An article by Joshua Partlow from Baghdad — long atop the Post’s Web site — first carried the declarative headline, “Iran Sending Explosives to Extremist Groups in Iraq,” without even “U.S. officials say.”

      Not that those officials could be named anyway. As in case of Michael Gordon’s article, the officials are unnamed.

      http://tinyurl.com/3bz6dl

      =====

      You can now read Paul Krugman’s for a fee OpEd “Scary Movie 2″ which contradicts his paper’s own “news” story here:

      http://tinyurl.com/yodxu4

    16. Greg

      February 12, 2007 at 8:48 pm

      I have seen such weapons being sold at the bazaars around the country. We have even seen shoulder fired surface to air missiles. It is coming from Iran and China. It is in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Most of you are fools, you want peace so bad that you will knee to radical Islam….

      BTW, it is more likely that if there is ever a military coup, it will be to round up that anti war movement and the Left wingers. Most of us in the military are getting fed up with you idiots and your foolish impeachment talks (we will impeach Hillary when the time comes…).

    17. Carl Nemo

      February 12, 2007 at 6:36 pm

      It’s the same old “playbook” as the intelligence scam used to involve us in Iraq! If Iraq is supplying parts and arms then simply make an attempt to secure Iraq’s borders etc. Nations have been supplying other nations with armaments throughout history during times of war and civil war. Russia is supplying Iran with arms right now and they were supposed to be our post cold war buddy?! China is supplying weapons to Iran too courtesy of WalMart! Putin an old “cold warrior” is back to sovietski style sabre-rattling. Do we nuke Russia or China?!…NO…so why does the Bush admin want to attack and possibly nuke Iran? Quite simple it will cause the price of oil to become a “moonshot” possibly hitting $120+ per bbl and the M.I. Complex will wallow in even more obscene amounts of ill-gotten, free-booting lucre. America is in harms way with these mattoids in control. I urge every citizen patriot to make an effort to contact their duly elected Congressional reps and demand de-escalation, de-funding, and investigation into their ongoing criminal enterprise of the past 6+ years. You simply have to contact two senators and one congressional rep for your district via email. Fire your thoughtshot across the bow of dreadnought “Tryanny”…!

      http://www.conservativeusa.org/megalink.htm

    18. David Rosenberg

      February 12, 2007 at 8:13 pm

      Against the better judgement of others, bush will somehow invole us with Iran and I don’t mean an exchange of cooking reciepes.

      What I find incredable that bush believes Americans will fall for the Weapons Trick again the man has no shame or brains. He hasn’t learned or doesn’t want to admit, he has no credibility with the country. Trying to fool us a second time proves, beyond a shadow of doubt, he has lost all grip on reality. He is living in la la land. I still hold out hope that Ms. Pelosi, will relent and open the case for Impeachment.

    19. Kent Shaw

      February 12, 2007 at 9:01 pm

      Greg’s comment is the best argumet I can think of to avoid the dangers of a standing military. Greg, look up Henry Kissinger’s comments about YOU, buddy.

    20. Minuteman

      February 12, 2007 at 10:25 pm

      Greg, many of us have already done our time in the military, and know how screwed up it can be. Military leaders are given a mission, and it becomes the Bible to them, and by God, they’re going to do it, come hell or high water. This time the mess is looking suspiciously like hell, and it is up to We the people to turn things around. everyone might think that it is useless to contact congresspeople, but it is the only thing that will do any good. Put forth the effort! Good idea – thousands of letters to targeted senators & reps. might do it – hearing nothing from the people certainly won’t.

    21. Bob F

      February 12, 2007 at 10:37 pm

      Actually, the Federalist papers said that a democracy can’t survive a standing military. Of course President Eisenhower also explained why our dominant military industrial sector was a threat to democracy. We’ve been warned, but too many Americans think we are too good to fail.

      Sooner or later we get beyond the point of no return — are we there yet?

    22. erikvilius.blogspot.com

      February 13, 2007 at 2:01 am

      It’s interesting that the Iranian munitions were inscribed in English instead of Persian and that the Christian year 2006 was used instead of the Islamic year 1427. Am I missing something or are the neocons getting sloppy ?

    23. Kent Shaw

      February 13, 2007 at 6:29 pm

      .

      erikvilius, they are not getting sloppy. What they are doing is sticking it right into our faces and asking “what are you going to do about it, suckers?!?!”

      .

      Too much profit in war to back off now. Anyone who counts is getting wealthier as long as it continues. Sure wish I’d loaded up on Halliburton stock a few years ago (not really, just being sarcastic).

      .

    24. Greg

      February 14, 2007 at 1:28 am

      Thank G-D we do not have a draft. From what I seen in these comments, it is evident that the majority of Americans are just too stupid to serve, let alone vote.

      As a member of the military, I am better educated, more physically fit, have more character and more self discipline than the bunch of cowards and cry babies that I see here. We in the military elite only because most of you have decided to accept being 2nd best.

      I have seen the weapons from Iran and China. They are here. So are the EFPs. So go on blindly believing your lies. You will pay a price for being a fool….

    25. The South Point

      February 12, 2007 at 12:57 am

      These “officials” (real-world translation: simpering sycophants) are nothing more than toadies to the cabal of evilness that currently infests D.C.

      What the hell is wrong with our Navy? It’s being completely submissive to a deranged closet-case who has gone completely off the deep end.

      ?????????

    26. california rick

      February 12, 2007 at 1:09 am

      The Bush Administration is doing the same thing they did in Iraq to go to “war” in Iran.

      The Bush Administration needs to be stopped NOW!!

    27. gene

      February 12, 2007 at 1:35 am

      Some congress person better get off his or hers dead ass and start some serious impeachmnet moves to stop this psycho. Bush is simply a moron who can hardly put sentences together but he is about to finish this country off. We probably have just a few months if not weeks to stop this idiot from starting WW3. Russian President (Putin) recently exposed the bush administration for what it really is. This ball-less congress we now have may not be able to stop this evil (the bush gain) but the rest of the world is starting to wake up in a serious way. We shall see soon just what a clown this country elected as president…..twice…..what a joke.

    28. Rice Farmer

      February 12, 2007 at 2:54 am

      “[A]re American journalists buying it hook, line and sinker?” Wrong question. It should be, “Are American journalists going to do their duty and print government propaganda verbatim?” The answer is yes, because the owners of the mainstream media are in bed with the elites who run the country. So much for the free press. With a few token exceptions to give the illusion of a free press and free speech, we can sit back and watch the lapdog media participate in the latest campaign of vilification and demonization needed to scare the bejesus out of the American people and justify a strike against Iran.

    29. Kent Shaw

      February 12, 2007 at 5:10 am

      .

      At this point our only real hope is a military coup. Bush needs to be taken down and the only way this is going to happen is by direct action of top Generals and Admirals. Sorry, but thats the way it is. The Senate and House are less than useless.

      .

    30. Witney

      February 12, 2007 at 6:04 am

      I hear that when this press conference was given, no recording equipment was allowed to be used by the reporters. Perhaps so the Bush regime could claim plausible denialability???

    31. Ray

      February 12, 2007 at 11:16 am

      Looks like these neocons are determined to complete the PNAC Plan of 1997. If so, Syrians better dig some shelters because the cross hairs are on them too.

      Did someone say a third battle group was heading to the Gulf?

      PNAC+ AIPAC= WW111

      I am getting this strange feeling that Martial Law is coming soon. WHY are these NEW DEMS just pussy footing around? The media is preparing us just like before. Started with capturing Iranian Diplomats and calling them Insurgents, then stories of new hightech IED Bombs that MAY be Iranian.

      Time to march on DC. It will take a few million of us to get thier attention.

    32. Sandy Price

      February 12, 2007 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Hal, we needed to address this issue with Iran as apparently the media and Congress refuse to do it. Sadly the American people are unaware of the problem in the White House just as we were prior to Pearl Harbor.

      Truth has no chance unless we break the chains of the Republicans and Democrats and find some news writers who can get to the voters.

      This site is good, but we can’t do it alone….but we can try!

    33. Hal Brown

      February 12, 2007 at 1:36 pm

      It looks like the media is covering this with some skepticism after all. This morning a commentator on CNN suggested that the administration was trying to “gin up” evicence to justify an attack on Iran.

      I knew what Paul Krugman’s New York Times OpEd was about before I read it by the title “Scary Movie 2″.

      He makes one of the same points I did:

      [blockquote]

      “Why wasn’t any official willing to take personal responsibility for the reliability of alleged evidence of Iranian mischief, as opposed to being an anonymous source? If the evidence is solid enough to bear close scrutiny, why were all cameras and recording devices, including cellphones, banned from yesterday’s Baghdad briefing?”[/blockquote]