Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Conflation & Provocation 101 ~ How To Start (Another) War Without Really Trying

What's a respectable war-mongering Neocon to do? ~ the case of the disappearing "involvement of highest levels of the Iranian government" allegations~

Your Demon Princess is feeling mighty sorry for the cabalists in the White House today, after the numerous defections of American generals over the issue of our holy war on Iran--the latest being General Peter Pace, who, in a report from Jakarta yesterday reminded everyone (* & openly*) that there is a significant logical gap between finding lethal roadside bombs of apparent Irani manufacture in Iraq & the contention that "the highest levels of the Iranian government" are behind said problem.

And despite the fact that some media are reporting the unproven conflation as fact (deju vu, anyone?), some are asking questions, & seems the more they probe, the more the allegations disappear into the mist.

(Another tidbit: the reason our troops are so vulnerable to these roadside bombs is that their Humvees --fiercely-macho-looking as they are--were apparently built on the cheap. The Pentagon is rushing upgrade materials to Iraq right now to reinforce them. Wouldn't that just be the American Way--all appearance & very little substance? And isn't this the second time we've been led to believe the Humvees are being upgraded?)

For your reading enjoyment, DP presents this article from the Washington Post (title bar). Every last bit is delicious, so don't cheat & just skim it. Let it sink in.

Then, when you're ready, turn your attention to this lengthy piece from Alternet, regarding how long, exactly, the Neocon "Project for a New American Century" has been planning an attack on Iran. Here's a hint:

"Presently, the Administration is trumpeting claims that Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon than the CIA's own analysis shows and positing Iranian influence in Iraq's insurgency, but efforts to destabilize Iran have been conducted covertly for years, often using members of Congress or non-government actors in a way reminiscent of the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal.

"The motivations for an Iran strike were laid out as far back as 1992. In classified defense planning guidance -- written for then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney by then-Pentagon staffers I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, World Bank Chief Paul Wolfowitz, and ambassador-nominee to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad -- Cheney's aides called for the United States to assume the position of lone superpower and act preemptively to prevent the emergence of even regional competitors.

"The draft document was leaked to the New York Times and the Washington Post and caused an uproar among Democrats and many in George H. W. Bush's Administration. "




Blogger Librocrat said...

It's late right now and my brain isn't working 100%, but I do remember seeing on television that reporter from NBC basically asking the "president," in a tone like talking to a slow child: "Um... you said the exact same thing about Iraq 4 years ago. Can you tell me how this is different?" And Bush looked down at his notes and read word for word a line he had already read during his previous statement. When the reporter didn't let up, his answer was that he would no longer answer questions from him anymore.

Ah yes. Our Commander in Chief. I think he needs to be wearing a diaper over his mouth to catch all the crap he says.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Librocrat said...

By the way, where do you get all your pictures? I don't get that lucky using google images.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Demon Princess said...

HAHA! The diaper over the mouth is a great, & very apt, visual! Your brain is working well for being so tired.

I very rarely use Google image search. I've been collecting the pix for some time. The Worried Shrimp, MoPaul & the Internet Weekly are some great sources. Also Micah Wright of the Propaganda Remix Project. Others come from other liberal blogs, blogs, some I just fortuitously stumble across--the historic posters in particular--I have a thing for historic art. I think it has great impact in the context of a modern blog. Some artwork (Mark Bryan's is great) I sought out after a friend turned me onto his work. The rest are public domain. He's very generous in granting permission. Search my blog by his name to see how very creative & spot-on his artwork is. I think "Dick" is my hands-down favorite, but "Rummy's Fiesta" & the "Mad Tea Party" are also huge peronal favorites. It's my ambition to buy some of his original work one day. He's good.

12:55 AM  

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