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Friday, August 05, 2005

Fool Me Twice . . . 

Juan Cole is one of the commentators* I have read in the last couple of days who is thinking that the US is getting ready to roll out its Lets-Have-A-War-With-Iran Plan.
In 'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me--can't get fooled again', Cole writes about an NBC News story quoting the US military as saying Iran is sending bombs to the Sunni insurgency in Iraq.
Cole describes at length the obvious stupidity of such a story, but demonstrates its utility in the task of convincing Americans that Iran is actually to blame for all the US army and marine deaths of recent days.
"Be afraid when you begin to see US government agencies themselves handing out this highly suspect sort of information to major news networks. It means that the sting on the American people has moved from the smoke-filled back rooms to some higher operational level. Or maybe trial balloons are being floated to see how gullible we are."
*See also here, and here, and here.

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