Saturday, February 10, 2007

Crying Wolf: Bushian Policy

The front page of the New York Times reports today (February 10, 2007): "It took far too long, but a report by the Pentagon inspector general has finally confirmed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s do-it-yourself intelligence office cooked up a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda to help justify an unjustifiable war.

The report said the team headed by Douglas Feith, under secretary of defense for policy, developed “alternative” assessments of intelligence on Iraq that contradicted the intelligence community and drew conclusions 'that were not supported by the available intelligence.'"

Just across the same page is another article that reads (in part): "The most lethal weapon directed against American troops in Iraq is an explosive-packed cylinder that United States intelligence asserts is being supplied by Iran. The assertion of an Iranian role in supplying the device to Shiite militias reflects broad agreement among American intelligence agencies, although officials acknowledge that the picture is not entirely complete.

"In interviews, civilian and military officials from a broad range of government agencies provided specific details to support what until now has been a more generally worded claim, in a new National Intelligence Estimate, that Iran is providing “lethal support” to Shiite militants in Iraq."

Testing my memory was it Peter and the Wolf in which the boy called 'wolf' so often that when the actual wolf appeared, the boy's cries went unheeded? The current administration has placed Americans between the proverbial rock and hard place in deciding who and what to believe anymore in matters of such great importance to the lives of our young American soldiers, not to mention the threat to the integrity of our country. Is this another phony conjured-up threat designed to set the stage for a Bushian (new term, I take full credit for its origin) attack on Iran?

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