Monday, January 07, 2008

Pentagon Sez: Evil Iranians Provoke US! Update

~ Not the other way around ~

Well, your Demon has to give it to the Iranians ~ they sure know how to annoy Bushco, without giving the satisfaction of an excuse to launch an attack on Iran. Which is just what Bush wants, & has been doing everything he can to provoke.

~ Further history lessons with respect to Iran ~

Remember this way back in May '07?

"The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert 'black' operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on

"The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a 'nonlethal presidential finding' that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and international financial transactions.

'"I can't confirm or deny whether such a program exists or whether the president signed it, but it would be consistent with an overall American approach trying to find ways to put pressure on the regime,' said Bruce Riedel, a recently retired CIA senior official who dealt with Iran and other countries in the region. "

And further developments with the Iranian speedboats v. American military might in the strait of Hormuz incident last weekend: the Pentagon shreds its own credibility on its initial reports, parrotted mindlessly by a press you'd think would know better after the hype & propaganda of the Bush years.

The Pentagon released what, on closer inspection, is an artfully mashed-up video possibly intended to inflame anti-Iranian sentiment at home, & people started to notice that the allegedly provocative remarks, "I am coming to you. You will explode after a few minutes," were apparently delivered by "Boris Karloff" in a perfect unaccented English-speaking voice, & without any background noise or static. H/T to Glenn Greenwald on Salon, quoting the Huffington Post & others. (If you want to hear it for yourself:

"Just two days after the U.S. Navy released the eerie video of Iranian speedboats swarming around American warships, which featured a chilling threat in English, the Navy is saying that the voice on the tape could have come from the shore or from another ship.[...]

"The Navy never said specifically where the voices came from, but many were left with the impression they had come from the speedboats because of the way the Navy footage was edited.
"Today, the spokesperson for the U.S. admiral in charge of the Fifth Fleet clarified to ABC News that the threat may have come from the Iranian boats, or it may have come from somewhere else.

"'We're saying that we cannot make a direct connection to the boats there,' said the spokesperson. 'It could have come from the shore, from another ship passing by. However, it happened in the middle of all the very unusual activity, so as we assess the information and situation, we still put it in the total aggregate of what happened Sunday morning. I guess we're not saying that it absolutely came from the boats, but we're not saying it absolutely didn't.'"

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The WaPo reports today that "Iranian boats harassed and provoked three American Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, threatening to explode the vessels, U.S. officials said Monday.

"In the most serious such incident in years, U.S. forces were on the verge of firing on the Iranian boats during the incident early Sunday, when the boats _ believed to be from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's navy _ turned and moved away, a Pentagon official said.
Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman called it a 'serious incident.' Another U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, called it 'the most serious provocation of this sort that we've seen yet.'"

"Iran's Foreign Ministry said Monday the confrontation was 'something normal' and was resolved, suggesting the Iranian boats had not recognized the U.S. vessels. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the Bush administration urges Iranians 'to refrain from such provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future.'

"The incident raised new tensions between Washington and Tehran as President Bush prepared for his first major trip to the Middle East."

Bushco relies on American short-attention spanners out there to forget, not only U.S. backed installation of the Shah, but all the way forward to March of this past year, when American & British war ships most recently seriously tried to provoke Iran into attacking us, no doubt to make a "defensive" bomb, bomb, bomb Iran politically palatable to the war-weary American public as a grand farewell gesture. After all, the Neocon "Project for a New American Century" first proposed it way back in 1997.

Refresher course on March '07 events:

"American warplanes screamed off two aircraft carriers Tuesday as the U.S. Navy staged its largest show of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, launching a mammoth exercise meant as a message to the Iranians.

"The maneuvers with 15 warships and more than 100 aircraft were sure to heighten tensions with Iran, which has frequently condemned the U.S. military presence off its coast and is in a faceoff with the West over its nuclear program and its capture of a British naval team."

Contrast that with today's efforts to portray Iran as the provacateur. Getting a sense of deja vu yet?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exposition is a wonderful thing. I love how the left continually expose themselves for they are, America hating morons who are not educated enough to know what is truly happening in the world around you. By the way, to all you 9/11 conspiracy theorist dolts, google popular mechanics and 9/11 and you might actually see the light. Then again, probably not because intellectual honesty is not your forte.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't the US refrain from "provoking" other countries with TWO carrier fleets in the Persian about when Germany had U-boats off our shores...did we feel secure???? No, it was provocative.....even though technically it was international waters....which was just we can provoke Iranians even more...until we can finally have an excuse for outright can bet Bush will start the war right before he gets booted...just to leave a mess, especially if Dems win the White House.....just so they can spend the next four years cleaning up his mess....and then Republicans can blame the crappy state of the union on them, when we are already in a recession from Bush policies. Americans need to have a longer memory.....we armed Iraq to fight Iran, we armed the Taliban to fight the Soviet Union, everything bites us in the *#@...and we never learn to stop harassing others in the name of "democracy".

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should be very careful here and distinguish between the Revolutionary Guards and the regular Iranian Navy. Were the Revolutionary Guards acting on government orders or just joyriding in the Strait of Hormuz? Should we retaliate against a whole country just because of a few idiots who tried to provoke U.S. warships? These are the questions that must be addressed but, given Bush's lack of diplomatic foresight, they will not be asked.

Also, you are right in pointing out how our actions in the gulf have not been conducive to peace as well. Reminds me of an incident in a body of water called the Gulf of Tonkin.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its sort of like guliver from gulivers travels or jack and the bean stalk Bush is gonna get us all killed I wonder where the Iranians are hiding there weapons of MASS DESTRUCTION

11:40 AM  

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