By Evan Derkacz
Posted on February 12, 2007
On Sunday, "under unusually secretive circumstances," three US officials attempted to show that Iran was aiding the insurgency in Iraq. That is to say, the three Defense and Intelligence officials would not allow their identities to be made public.
This is just slapstick.
Eason Jordan of IraqSlogger writes:
After weeks, if not months, of US official planning to present a damning "dossier" of incriminating evidence against Iran, and after this same US administration presented us with lopsided, erroneous information about the capability and evil intentions of the Saddam Hussein regime, the best the US government can give us today is incendiary evidence presented at a Baghdad news conference by three US officials who refuse to be quoted by name?
According to Jordan one of the three masked men was unmasked by an Iraqi news service (why we oughtta attack you... if we hadn't already...) as Major General William Caldwell who, Jordan notes, is a PR guy who regularly gives interviews. So what gives?
And what of all those semi-mea culpas given after the lousy Iraq coverage by the Times, the Post and others? At least Colin Powell had the cojones to lie to the world as himself.
More on media credulousness HERE.
RUMSFELD'S GHOST BONUS: Rummy may be gone but his legacy is alive and kicking. When asked why so little evidence of Iranian interference in Iraq was shown, one of the three amigos responded in rumsfeldeverse: "There's a gap between what we know and what we can show."
Evan Derkacz is an AlterNet editor. He writes and edits PEEK, the blog of blogs.