"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Demuring Pace on Iran and the Possibility Denying Media

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine General Peter Pace yesterday said of Iran's involvement in Iraq according to WaPo:

"We know that the explosively formed projectiles are manufactured in Iran. What I would not say is that the Iranian government, per se, knows about this."

The Washington Post notes with a skeptical ear (finally):

(italics mine)

"Pace's comments came a day after U.S. military officials in Baghdad alleged that the "highest levels" of the Iranian government have directed use of weapons that are killing U.S. troops in Iraq. No information was provided to substantiate the charge. Administration officials yesterday deflected requests for more details, even as they repeatedly implied Tehran's involvement."
Following a "game of softball" covering "country music," among other things with Syria's Assad, Diane Sawyer continued her interview schedule, this time with Mahmoud "Momo" Ahmadinejad; which the Post uses to great effect in sowing continued skepticism of the Bush Administration and the Iraq theater. Believing their own misinformation published over the past half decade plus - WaPo:

"In an interview yesterday with ABC's "Good Morning America," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the administration is "pointing fingers at others" when its troop presence in Iraq is the source of most of the country's problems."

"While not denying that Iranian weapons may have been found in Iraq, Ahmadinejad implied that if they were, it was not his government's doing. "Can Americans close their long borders?" he asked, noting that "millions" of Iranians cross the border into neighboring Iraq each year. "The position of our government . . . and the position of the Revolutionary Guard is also the same: We are opposed to any kind of conflict in Iraq."'

Like a skilled politician, "Momo" deftly parries by allowing the media to decide what he meant. To perhaps complete his last statement quoted above (italics represent my words):

"The position of our government . . . and the position of the Revolutionary Guard is also the same: We are opposed to any kind of conflict in Iraq," that we cannot make the most gains from.

The media and Democratic opposition to most things American, fail to grasp the possibility that perhaps the more aggressive attention to Iranian agents in Iraq is the administration's answer to Iranian miscreance.

In WaPo style fairness to the administration (italics and bolding mine:

"In recent weeks, the administration has denied any war plans, saying it is committed to a strategy of pressure and diplomacy against Iran's nuclear activities, operations in Iraq and other aggression."

"In an interview yesterday with C-SPAN, President Bush described his policy as "comprehensive" and complained that charges he is planning to attack Iran are politically motivated and "typical Washington."'

Denial and complaint....don't forget that, they won't. The media will continue to hammer home the reality that nothing in life is a sure thing or a "slam dunk," yet will aggressively pursue that "sure thing, slam dunk" intelligence that they will never believe anyway (Bush's fault), before considering that maybe more diplomacy is acceptable.

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