Glenn Greenwald presents an ABC News piece (see video on his post) in which Diane Sawyer and Brian Ross essentially parrot US and Israeli government talking points about threats by Iran to Jewish places of worship around the world, noting that “Jewish places of worship in at least ten U.S. cities have been told that they could be targets.”
The problem is… there’s no real evidence, at least none that can be independently confirmed, that Iran is cooking up any threat. It’s just not there. Greenwald:
… Needless to say, no contrary information or critical sources are included: no Iranians are heard from and there’s nobody to question any of these accusations. It’s just one-sided, unchallenged government claims masquerading as a news report.
Note that this entire story is based on pure fabrication — not just by accepting as Truth the Israeli and American accusation that Iran is behind these attacks, but far worse, continuously warning about Iranian attacks on synagogues and other targets inside the U.S. There is literally zero evidence that any of that is happening. The text on the website of ABC News displaying the Sawyer/Ross story expressly says: “Federal officials told ABC News that there is so far no specific intelligence of any threat to Israeli interests in the U.S.” (that didn’t make it into the TV broadcast).
Does this sound like 2002 to anyone else?
Now that we have one war (Iraq) effectively “over” and another (Afghanistan) allegedly winding down, Obama, for transparently political reasons, needs a war to cheerlead for Americans, and it doesn’t hurt that this particular war would quiet critics like Joe LIEberman (Likud-Connecticut) and other Republicans during the coming presidential election. After all, who would want to change presidents in the middle of a war? Are you old enough to remember the purported re‑election campaign slogan of Richard Nixon in 1972, when he was claiming to be the only candidate who could finish the Vietnam War… “Dick Nixon in ’72; Don’t change dicks in the middle of a screw”?
I am old. I am tired. And I’ve had it up to here (indicates nose) with dirty little wars, wars in which our armed forces die, wars of no substantial security benefit to the U.S. … wars of aggression, wars of presidential discretion, politically motivated wars. Greenwald criticizes the mainstream media for fanning the flames of this one; I criticize the current administration for doing its damnedest to ensure America is in one or more wars… continuously, now and forever more. Plain and simple… that is wrong.