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In 2002 when neo-cons within the U.S. military and inside the Bush White House worked hard to deceive Congress and the American people into cheering for an unprovoked attack against the non-threatening nation of Iraq, steady and repetitive neo-connish messaging cleared the pathway to aggressive war.
Not only was Saddam Hussein's Iraq not a threat to the U.S. in 2002-2003....after a decade of harsh sanctions mainly affecting non-military Iraqis....but Hussein's military capabilities had never returned to pre-Iraq War I levels. The con by the...umm....neo-cons was to convince Americans who didn't know any better, and were still filled with vengeful hate from 9-11, that Iraq and Saddam Hussein were about to devastate the east coast of the U.S., as well as Israel and Europe...or all three simultaneously.
In 21st century America, it's all about the messaging. Veracity has nothing to do with any of it.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged that sanctions so far had not caused Iran's leaders to change their pursuit of nuclear capabilities.
But he said some Iranian officials appear more willing to conduct an attack in the United States if they feel threatened, citing last year's alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington.
"The 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States shows that some Iranian officials - probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei - have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime," Clapper said in his Senate testimony.
"We are also concerned about Iranian plotting against U.S. or allied interests overseas," he said.
Insert 2002 Bushie claim here. "Smoking gun-mushroom cloud", "grave and gathering danger", "there's no doubt Saddam is reconstituting blah, blah effing blah".....you know how it works, or should by now. But Americans in the beginning of the 21st century have become a caricature of a "short attention span theater" skit.....can't recall what happened last week, let alone what happened almost a decade ago.
And so the deceptive and duplicitous neo-con message machine cranks up again. This time in order to dupe U.S. citizens into accepting yet another military assault on yet another middle eastern sovereign nation.
How it's done.
In October of 2011, U.S. officials launched a new propaganda message against Iran claiming that Iran planned an assassination attempt of the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Why Iran would risk nuclear annihilation at the hands of the U.S. and/or Israel over some cockamamie Mexican drug cartel/Quds Force story of clusterf*ckness.....was never explained.
Alireza Nader, an Iran analyst at the Rand Corporation, found it "difficult" to believe that Khamenei or Suleimani would order such an attack that "would put all of Iran's objectives and strategies at risk".
Reza Sayyah from CNN questioned the plausibility of the claim by asking, "Did an elite branch of Iran's military handpick a divorced, 56-year-old Iranian-American used-car salesman from Texas to hire a hitman from a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the ambassador to Saudi Arabia by blowing up a bomb in a crowded restaurant in Washington?"
Sure it's ridiculous...but then Saddam Hussein plotting to spray anthrax down on the eastern seaboard of the U.S....was a ridiculous notion as well...and yet that deceptive and ridiculous story reached the homes of millions of post-9-11, still-feeling-vengeful Americans.
See how DNI Chief James Clapper carefully constructs his misleading message meant to gin up support for a U.S. attack of Iran?
"The 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States shows that some Iranian officials - probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei - have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime,"
Using the laughable, really, claim that a used car salesman from Texas, allegedly hiring a Mexican drug-cartel hitman, was about to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.....and that the highest leaders in Iran were behind the laughable story....using that as his springboard of disinformation, Clapper then implies that Iranian leaders are..."probably", "more willing"...to do what?
"conduct an attack in the U.S."
See? Just like Saddam was about to do in 2002.
Of course, when disinformation...like Saddam spraying anthrax over New York using small prop planes.... doesn't carry quite the deceptive punch neo-cons are looking for...any DNI can always fall back on the old American standby....
"We're doing a lot with the Israelis, working together with them. And of course for them, this is, as they have characterized, is an existential threat," Clapper said.
I wonder if Iran considers the 200 nuclear-tipped warheads the Israeli government has pointed in their direction to be, you know, "an existential threat"?
The WTF-ness of this latest propaganda salvo ginning up support for an eventual military attack against Iran is found in this Clapper comment....
"We assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons, in part by developing various nuclear capabilities that better position it to produce such weapons, should it choose to do so," he said in written testimony. " We do not know, however, if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons."
Iran does not have a nuclear weapon right now and Clapper admits that he and his smart guys don't know if Iran will "eventually decide" to make one or not, but those wily Iranian leaders are, you know, keeping their "options" open.....so who knows, right?
All I can conclude about this clumsy, juvenile attempt to rah-rah the nation into another act of pre-emptive military aggression....is that the militaristic neo-cons who work so hard to deceive us into slaughtering more Muslims.....are in need of better script writers.