So let’s learn from our history And do it differently

Iran and the neocons over the last few days, the condensed version ‘NYT’ Reporter Who Got Iraqi WMDs Wrong Now Highlights Iran Claims

NEW YORK Saturday’s New York Times features an article, posted at the top of its Web site late Friday, that suggests very strongly that Iran is supplying the “deadliest weapon aimed at American troops” in Iraq. The author notes, “Any assertion of an Iranian contribution to attacks on Americans in Iraq is both politically and diplomatically volatile.”

What is the source of this volatile information? 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.

Gordon wrote with Miller the paper’s most widely criticized — even by the Times itself — WMD story of all, the Sept. 8, 2002, “aluminum tubes” story that proved so influential, especially since the administration trumpeted it on TV talk shows.

Target Iran: US able to strike in the spring

Neo-conservatives, particularly at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute, are urging Mr Bush to open a new front against Iran. So too is the vice-president, Dick Cheney. The state department and the Pentagon are opposed, as are Democratic congressmen and the overwhelming majority of Republicans.

And this blast from the past, The Times and Iraq

On April 21, 2003, as American weapons-hunters followed American troops into Iraq, another front-page article declared, “Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of War, an Iraqi Scientist Is Said to Assert.” It began this way: “A scientist who claims to have worked in Iraq’s chemical weapons program for more than a decade has told an American military team that Iraq destroyed chemical weapons and biological warfare equipment only days before the war began, members of the team said.”

The informant also claimed that Iraq had sent unconventional weapons to Syria and had been cooperating with Al Qaeda – two claims that were then, and remain, highly controversial. But the tone of the article suggested that this Iraqi “scientist” – who in a later article described himself as an official of military intelligence – had provided the justification the Americans had been seeking for the invasion.

The Times never followed up on the veracity of this source or the attempts to verify his claims.(emphasis mine)

Another blogger this scenario as rinse and repeat. The careful orchestration of selective news leaks to sympathetic reporters and news outlets all too hungry to break some news are doing it again.
Since we just recently had admitted right-wing ABC news reporter-Terry Moran ( his brother writes runs the rabid conservative blog Right Wing Nut House) try to do a hacket job on John Edwards and we all know that Diane Sawyer at least used to run in Republican circles one has to be cautious about accepting their so-called news at face value – Intelligence Links Iran to Iraqi Insurgent Weapons

Feb. 11, 2007 — New intelligence indicates that Iran is supplying Iraqi insurgents with some of their deadliest weapons — and in Baghdad today, U.S. military commanders are expected to give information about Iran’s role in attacks on American forces.

Then we have a little patience and read down,

Gates has cited other evidence of Iranian involvement, including documents captured when U.S. forces conducted a raid last month in northern Iraq and arrested six Iranians. Iraq’s foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said his government has yet to see evidence from that raid that implicates Iran.

“We haven’t seen … so far … any hard evidence,” Zebari said.

Even Gates stopped short of directly linking the Iranian government to weapons found in Iraq. The weapons could be sold on the black market to militant groups in Iraq.

I’m not an apologizist for Iran’s leaders, they are in dire need of some modernity when it comes to their world views, but it does matter whether any weapons that may or may not have originated in Iran and have been found in Iraq are there because of a concerted effort by the official government or the result of smuggling by some fringe group.

Iran’s natural allies in Iraq — Shiite Muslims — are largely pro-American.

The Mission Can’t Be Accomplished — It’s Time for a New Strategy

1) We must continue the war to prevent the terrible aftermath that will occur if our forces are withdrawn soon. Reflect on the double-think of this formulation. We are now fighting to prevent what our invasion made inevitable! Undoubtedly we will leave a mess — the mess we created, which has become worse each year we have remained. Lawmakers gravely proclaim their opposition to the war, but in the next breath express fear that quitting it will leave a blood bath, a civil war, a terrorist haven, a “failed state,” or some other horror. But this “aftermath” is already upon us; a prolonged U.S. occupation cannot prevent what already exists.

2) We must continue the war to prevent Iran’s influence from growing in Iraq. This is another absurd notion. One of the president’s initial war aims, the creation of a democracy in Iraq, ensured increased Iranian influence, both in Iraq and the region. Electoral democracy, predictably, would put Shiite groups in power — groups supported by Iran since Saddam Hussein repressed them in 1991. Why are so many members of Congress swallowing the claim that prolonging the war is now supposed to prevent precisely what starting the war inexorably and predictably caused? Fear that Congress will confront this contradiction helps explain the administration and neocon drumbeat we now hear for expanding the war to Iran.

People like General Odom are why there is hope. Slim hope, but hope that the curtain can be pulled back on the whole illusionist’s theatre that the rabid hateful Right is staging for America. The administration has been playing around with Iran for years, taking their support when it was convenient – Iran helped overthrow Taliban, candidate says ( this does make sense as most Iranians are Shia and al-Queda is Sunni – though not all Sunni are sympathetic to al-Queda).

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), dinosaur farts and global warming.

Pictures of some supposed Iranian ordinance found in Iraq is stenciled in English rather then Farsi( Iran’s national language) or in Arabic ( Iraq’s national language)

Congratulations to The Dixie Chicks, At the Grammys, Making Very Nice

The Texas trio also won for best country group vocal and best country album. The latter award was especially surprising since they were excommunicated from the church of country music in 2003 after singer Natalie Maines popped off about President Bush and the war in Iraq. Upon bouncing to the podium after the result was announced, Maines said what just about everybody inside Staples Center was probably thinking: “That’s interesting.” She closed her gaping mouth just long enough to grin mischievously, then said, “Well, to quote the great Simpsons, ‘HA HA!’ “

‘Cause our children are watching us
They put their trust in us
They’re gonna be like us
So let’s learn from our history
And do it differently
Lyrics from I Hope