Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Bush Threatens Iran Today

The road to war with Iran keeps getting shorter and shorter. The administration continues to trumpet their allegations that Iran is providing weaponry to Shiite militiamen in Iraq that is being used to kill American military personnel. Today the preznut said that

it had been established beyond a doubt that a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps known as the Quds Force is supplying Shiite groups inside Iraq with particularly deadly, Iranian-designed weapons known as explosively formed penetrators, or E.F.P.s.

“We know that,” Mr. Bush said at a White House news conference.

The United States regards the Quds Force as part of the Iranian government, since the force has historically been under the command of Iran’s senior religious leaders. And even if the highest officials in Tehran have not directly ordered the Quds Force to supply weapons to Iraqi Shiites, they are still complicit, Mr. Bush said.

“What’s worse?” Mr. Bush asked. “That the government knew, or that the government didn’t know?”

The preznut rejected questions about the reliability of the intelligence and offered this ominous policy statement:

“I can say with certainty that the Quds Force, a part of the Iranian government, has provided these sophisticated I.E.D.’s that have harmed our troops,” he said, using shorthand for improvised explosive devices.

“I intend to do something about it,” Mr. Bush said, alluding to the armor-piercing weapons.

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Peter Pace said this week that he has seen no definitive evidence linking top officials in the Iranian government to the weapons being used for IED's. The NY Sun also reported that the CIA is questioning the allegations the administration is making against the Iranian government.

But that doesn't seem to be stopping the preznut from claiming he has the definitive evidence about the links or warning that he intends to do something about it.

So here we go - the administration is doing the exact same thing they did with the run-up to the Iraq war. They're manufacturing their own bullshit facts to fit with a policy they have already decided upon - an Iran attack.

This time the media has called them on some of their bullshit but let's see if that accountability standard continues the closer we get to war.

UPDATE: Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post notes that the administration is claiming that IED's with parts supplied by Iranians have killed 170 American soldiers, but overall 2,497 American military personnel have been killed in hostile incidents in Iraq. The large majority of those soldiers were killed by Sunni insurgents who are NOT being supplied by Iran. Rather Sunni countries like Saudi Arabia are helping to arm the insurgency. Michael Ware just said on CNN that wealthy Saudi Arabians are funding "Al Qaeda in Iraq" (money that used to go to Bin Laden) and helping to arm the insurgents to fight against the American occupation and the Shiite government and Shiite militias in Iraq.

Yet the administration would have Americans believe that Iran is behind all the bloodshed that's killing American military personnel. What a joke.

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