For America, No Year Without A War – Is Iran Next?

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.

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  • MandT  On Wednesday February 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    If Israel or America attack Iran, they will lose big time.

    • Steve  On Wednesday February 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      MandT, it would not surprise me to find Israel behind the entire charade, but I cannot comprehend, apart from election-year politics, why the Obama administration would be foolish enough to attack Iran. Unlike Iraq, Iran has a large, well-equipped military, and has had time to plan for just such an event as a U.S. invasion. And that’s putting aside the ethical issues: as annoying as Iran may be to the U.S., they have done America no direct harm, and over the past several years they have followed through on their agreements. Only a real nut-case would pick a fight with a powerful nation that is not itself looking for trouble. But I suppose Obama has to follow Bush 43 in every one of his misbegotten ideas…

    • Steve  On Saturday February 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Enfant, it seems there’s a kind of drone-mania in the US. Even 65 percent of self-proclaimed liberals (not including me in this case) approve of the various drone wars Obama is waging, apparently because American lives are not endangered. If indeed lower-level governments (police departments, etc.) begin using drones within the US itself, supposedly as a crime-fighting tool, perhaps opinions may change. (Upstream on this blog, please see the post about drones in America.)

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