Apparently, the lessons of the intelligence failure that led to the Iraq war have been lost, not only on the hawks in Washington, but on the media also.
Both cases show how the Administration is still trying to manipulate intelligence to further its strategic goals. ABC says that Deputy National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams is behind the covert action against Iran, which reportedly stems from a “nonlethal presidential finding” signed by Bush to launch a plan that “includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions.”
What is most remarkable here is that in spite of the knowledgeable of programs to spread disinformation, the Bush administration will continue to insist that it is merely reacting on the basis of available intelligence, just like they did with the Iraq invasion.
Meanwhile, it appears that wingnut opposition leader, Netanyahu, is on his way to Washington to offer his help in fomenting plans to attack Iran, or should I say, plans for the US to attack Iran on Israel’s behalf. As a pathological liar, he should feel perfectly at home.