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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Preparing the way for the next war

Even with Judy Miller in jail, the NY Times is still serving the empire by passing along any disinformation it sees fit to issue:
Many of the new, more sophisticated roadside bombs used to attack American and government forces in Iraq have been designed in Iran and shipped in from there, United States military and intelligence officials said Friday, raising the prospect of increased foreign help for Iraqi insurgents.
Of course, anyone paying attention knows that the foreign source for the majority of bombs killing people in Iraq is the United States. (From another article in today's Times: "Marine fighter jets pummeled buildings with guided bombs, and tanks blasted away at insurgents. By Friday evening, the American and Iraqi troops had killed or wounded at least 25 insurgents and detained at least 25 men, a Marine colonel said.") But Bush wants war with Iran, and anonymous "officials" are willing to pass lies on to the Times, which is always willing to publish them. They've done it before.

Of course it's possible that there's some element of truth here; the best lies usually have that. Saddam HAD WMD's--just not since 1995. Tax cuts COULD actually raise government revenues--they just don't. Brad probably DID love Jennifer--just not that much. And Iran MIGHT be trying to destroy a fellow Shiite fundamentalist country arising out of the ashes next door--but they probably aren't. To be fair, the Times mentions the inconsistency:
But just as troubling is that the spread of the new weapons seems to suggest a new and unusual area of cooperation between Iranian Shiites and Iraqi Sunnis to drive American forces out - a possibility that the commanders said they could make little sense of given the increasing violence between the sects in Iraq.
But that's the third paragraph--the headline is what most people will see (and hear about on tomorrow's talk shows): Some Bombs Used in Iraq Are Made in Iran, U.S. Says.