January 22, 2007

Glenn Greenwald takes a look at Bush's increasingly hostile rhetoric towards Iran to see if it all adds up.

From Unclaimed Territory:

The gradual revelation of the total lack of any credible evidence to support the Bush administration's claim that Iran is all but fueling a war on the U.S. inside Iraq coincides with increasingly absolutist claims by Bush officials that Iran is guilty of such acts. Here is what CIA Director Michael Hayden said at a recent Congressional hearing:

I've come to a much darker interpretation of Iranian actions in the past 12 to 18 months . . . There is a clear line of evidence that points out the Iranians want to punish the United States, hurt the United States in Iraq, tie down the United States in Iraq.

But when Bush officials claim they have "evidence" of Iran's violent behavior towards the U.S. in Iraq, what they mean by "evidence" is the same kind of "evidence" on which the pre-war Iraq claims of WMDs and Iraq-Al Qaeda alliances were based: namely, wild, unverified claims from Chalabi-like, AEI-touted, pro-Iran-war "sources" -- the kind who rant recklessly to Michael Ledeen and other warmonger pundits. Read more...

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