[Marxism] Breakdown at the Iraq lie factory
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> TomPaine.com February 15, 2007
> Breakdown at the Iraq lie factory
> By Robert Dreyfuss
> It was, President Bush must have been thinking, a heck of a lot easier
> years ago. Back in 2002, the president had a smoothly running lie
> humming along in the Pentagon, producing reams of fake intelligence
> Iraq, led by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Doug Feith and his
> of Special Plans. Back then, he had a tightly knit cabal of
> neoconservatives, led by I. Lewis Scooter Libby, based in Vice
> Dick Cheneys office, to carry out a coordinated effort to distribute
> lies to the media. And he had a chorus of yes-men in the
> Republican-controlled Congress ready to echo the party line.
> In 2007, Bush stands nearly alone, and he never looked lonelier than
> a bumbling, awkward news conference on the Iraq-Iran tangle Wednesday.
> Feith is long gone, and last week his lie factory was exposed by the
> Pentagons own inspector general, who told Congress that Feith had
> much made up everything that his rogue intelligence unit manufactured.
> is long gone, apparently about to be sentenced to jail for lying about
> Cheneys frantic effort to cover up the lie factorys work. And the
> congressional echo chamber is gone: In six weeks, the Democrats have
> more than four dozen hearings to investigate the White Houses
> Middle East policy, and even Hillary Clinton is warning that Bush had
> keep his hands off Iran, saying: It would be a mistake of historical
> proportions if the administration thought that the 2002 resolution
> authorizing force against Iraq was a blank check for the use of force
> against Iran.
> Without his Orwellian apparatus behind him, the president spent most
> of his
> hour-long news conference yesterday shrugging and smirking, jutting
> his jaw
> out with false bravado, joshing inappropriately with reporters asking
> serious questions and stumbling over his words. It was painful to
> listen to
> him trying to justify the nonsensical claims that Iran and its
> Quds Force are somehow responsible for the chaos in Iraq:
> What we do know is that the Quds force was instrumental in
> these deadly IEDs to networks inside of Iraq. We know that. And we
> also know that the Quds force is a part of the Iranian government.
> That's a known. What we don't know is whether or not the head
> of Iran ordered the Quds force to do what they did.
> Pressed about what the head leaders are doing, he went on:
> Either they knew or didn't know, and what matters is, is that
> there. What's worse, that the government knew or that the
> didn't know?
> Whats worse, them ordering it and it happening, or
> them not ordering it and it happening?
> If that makes no sense to you, well, thats because the whole thing
> makes no
> sense. Its a farcical replay of Iraq 2002, when the White House
> Saddam Hussein with fake intelligence, turning him into a menacing
> backer armed with weapons of mass destruction. This time, however, the
> factory has been dismantled. All by himself, the president is trying
> to turn
> Iran into a scary, al-Qaida-allied, nuke-wielding menace. But hes not
> fooling anyone. The potent war president of 2002-2003 is now an
> incoherent, mewling Wizard of Oz-like figure, and people are paying
> attention to the man behind the curtain.
> Unlike 2002, when the White House fired salvo after salvo of fake
> intelligence about Iraq, today it cant even stage its lies properly.
> the incompetents who couldnt organize a two-car funeral, the
> remaining Iran
> war hawks in the administration held a briefing in Baghdad on Sunday to
> present alleged evidence that Iran is masterminding the insurgency in
> But it was a comedy of errors that convinced no one. Twice, at least,
> administration had earlier postponed or canceled the much-promoted
> designed to reveal the supposed secrets behind Irans actions in Iraq.
> it was finally held, it was not in Washington, but in Baghdad, with
> not a
> single White House official, no U.S. diplomat, no State Department
> no CIA official and no one from the Office of the Director of National
> Intelligence. Instead, a couple of anonymous military officers held a
> background-only briefing, barring cameras and tape recorders, to
> some blurry photographs of bomb-looking thingsand not a shred of
> of Iranian government involvement.
> It was as if Adlai Stevenson had gotten up at the United Nations
> during the
> missile crisis in Cuba and, rather than showing detailed U-2
> photographs of
> missile emplacements, had simply said, Ladies and gentleman, some
> Cuban guy
> we talked to said the Russians are putting missiles in Cuba.
> According to The Washington Times, the effort to blame Iran was
> torpedoed by the U.S. intelligence community, through the Office of the
> Director of National Intelligence. The ODNI, said the Times, sought
> to play
> down the intelligence on Iranian involvement, fearing that the report
> be used as a basis to launch an attack on Iran. Many earlier reports
> that both the State Department and the U.S. intelligence community were
> strongly opposed to any attempt to demonize Iran. Theres nothing like
> bureaucracy scorned to conduct passive-aggressive sabotage of misguided
> policies, and in this case the bureaucracy apparently succeeded. The
> dog-and-pony show on Iranian meddling in Iraq not only didnt scare
> it caused guffaws of laughter and ridicule.
> And then there was the hilarious presidential press conference
> yesterday, to
> top it off.
> There is, of course, no basis for arguing that the civil war in Iraq is
> caused by Iran. And there is no basisnot supported by underlying
> intelligence, as the Pentagon I.G. said about Doug Feiths 2002
> argue that Iran is responsible for a significant part of American
> deaths in
> Iraq. Nearly all of the U.S. casualties in Iraq are caused by the
> secular-Baathist Sunni-led resistance and religious Sunni extremists
> fighting the occupation, and none of the forces allied with the
> have ties to Iran. Even the anonymous briefers at the dog-and-camel
> show in
> Baghdad admitted that Iran is helping the Shiite militias, not the
> in other words, Iran is helping the self-same militias that are being
> trained and armed by the United States.
> And the spurious claim that 170 Americans have died in attacks using
> Iranian-supplied super-IEDs since 2004 can only mean one thing: that
> Pentagon is counting the numbers of U.S. soldiers and Marines who died
> April and August, 2004. That was when the United States waged two
> against Muqtada al-Sadrs Mahdi Army. It was the only time in the past
> years when the United States suffered significant casualties fighting
> Shiitesthough the administration presented zero evidence that Sadrs
> Army gets weapons from Iran, or needs to. But if theyre counting as
> back as 2004and, according to the Pentagon, the super-IEDs started
> up in 2004then the whole issue is absurd, since what happened three
> ago has little or no relevance to current conditions.
> Those prone to believe, along with the president, that Iran is
> fomenting the
> violence in Iraq have already drunk deep of the neocon Kool-Aid. The
> rest of
> us can only shake our heads in wonder that the president thinks he can
> away with this.
> Robert Dreyfuss is an Alexandria, Va.-based writer specializing in
> and national security issues. He is the author of Devil's Game: How the
> United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry
> Books, 2005), a contributing editor at The Nation and a writer for
> Jones, The American Prospect and Rolling Stone. He can be reached
> his website, www.robertdreyfuss.com.
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