Title: President Bush "Sucker-Punched" In Iranian Crisis -- Again and Again
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Since President Bush's 2007 State of the Union address, American propaganda has been spewing forth the story that Coalition Forces can most definitely prove that the Iranian government is providing arms, training, and other support directly to the Iraqi insurgents, and we are not going to take it any more. We were threatening any number of ways to retaliate, including a military strike into Iran.
Since the State of the Union address, article after article, and quote after quote has poured forth in this vein. Just days ago, the United States said that it was going to present its proof to the United Nations Security Council so the entire world will know, without a shadow of doubt, that the Iranian government is guilty of directly aiding the enemy in Iraq.
Therefore, General Pace's strong statements to the contrary yesterday were as shocking as they were provocative. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff literally pulled the rug out from underneath President Bush!
NEWS BRIEF: "General Pace: No Evidence Iran Directly Arming Insurgents in Iraq", Fox News, February 13, 2007
"The top U.S. military officer said Tuesday the discovery that roadside bombs in Iraq contained material made in Iran does not necessarily mean the Iranian government was involved in supplying insurgents. The comments by Gen.Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called into question assertions by three senior U.S. military officials in Baghdad on Sunday who said the highest levels of Iranian government were responsible for arming Shiite militants in Iraq with the bombs, blamed for the deaths of more than 170 troops in the U.S.-led coalition ... Pace told reporters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, that U.S. forces hunting militant networks in Iraq that produced roadside bombs had arrested Iranians and some of the materials used in the devices were made in Iran."
" 'That does not translate that the Iranian government per se, for sure, is directly involved in doing this', Pace said. 'What it does say is that things made in Iran are being used in Iraq to kill coalition soldiers' ... It is clear that Iranians are involved, and it's clear that materials from Iran are involved, but I would not say by what I know that the Iranian government clearly knows or is complicit," Pace told the Voice of America."
This admission is quite startling! A man who holds his job at the "pleasure of the President" has now just delivered a potentially fatal blow to the propaganda campaign of the Bush Administration to convince the electorate that the Iranian government planned the supply of weaponry to the Iraqi insurgents and was well aware that the plan had been carried out.
While acknowledging that the weaponry was "made in Iran", General Pace says that there is no firm intelligence that the Iranian government knew of the arms transfers, and certainly no evidence that Tehran had a direct hand in the arms transfers. This difference is positively huge! Quite literally, General Pace is saying that the United States cannot use the issue of Iranian arms being used in Iraq against American soldiers as a pretext to attack Iran.
Iranian officials were quick to jump on this statement.
" 'Such accusations cannot be relied upon or be presented as evidence. The United States has a long history in fabricating evidence. Such charges are unacceptable', Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters in Tehran."
Yes, it is true that the Bush Administration invaded Iraq on the basis of fabricated intelligence "evidence", not "faulty" intelligence.
Please take the time to read these two articles which we posted three years ago.
"BUSH/BLAIR JUSTIFICATION OF IRAQ INVASION: NOW PROVEN TO BE LIES, DISTORTIONS, EXAGGERATIONS! Part 1 of 2" -- CIA said Saddam Hussein posed 'no imminent threat' in the months before last year’s invasion [George Tenet, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency]
"BUSH/BLAIR JUSTIFICATION OF IRAQ INVASION: NOW PROVEN TO BE LIES, DISTORTIONS, EXAGGERATIONS! Part 2of 2" -- Smoking Gun Evidence
For some reason, General Pace has chosen to use his position as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, to completely repudiate the propaganda line against the Iranian government which the Bush Administration has so carefully created. Will this statement act as an obstacle in keeping President Bush from attacking Iran? After all, the President still has the lie that Iran is so close to creating its own atomic bomb (Read NEWS1660) to fall back upon to justify attacking Iran.
Iraqi Government Is Working For the Iranian Government -- Not For The United States!
NEWS BRIEF: "How the US is doing Iran's killing in Iraq", Asia Times, February 13, 2007
"NAJAF, Iraq - New evidence is emerging on the ground of an Iranian hand in growing violence within Iraq, but not necessarily as the US claims Tehran is involved, that is, by providing arms to Shi'ite Muslim militants. The massacre in Najaf last month indicates that Iran could be working through the Iraqi government, local leaders in Najaf say. The killing of 263 people in Najaf by Iraqi and US forces on January 29 provoked outrage and vows of revenge among residents in and around the sacred Shi'ite city in the south. The killings have deepened a split among Shi'ites."
Is this possible? Is it possible that the Iranian government has so completely seized control over the newly-elected and American-supported government of Prime Minister Maliki, whom it is propping up every single day? Cutting Edge readers will have no trouble believing this fact, because we have consistently called attention to the fact that, when President Bush refused to allow significant Sunni participation in this new government after the elections, he passed the power to the Shi'ite faction. To understand this significance, let us return to our featured article.
"Iran is predominantly Shi'ite ... Iraq has for the first time a Shi'ite-dominated government, comprising groups that have been openly supportive of Iran."
What we have here, folks, is a government in Iraq which speaks words of support for President Bush, but acts in a manner completely supportive of the government sitting in Tehran, Iran! In this next segment, we see that the Iraqi government evidently targeted Shi'ites not loyal to Iran!
"The Najaf attack has provoked strong reactions among members of the Hawatim tribe and among other Shi'ite groups who are not loyal to Iran - and who became the target in those killings."
Thus, it appears that the Iraqi government is actually using American power to eradicate Shi'ites in the country not loyal to Iran, and by extension, not loyal to the Iraqi government! Since American intelligence has never shown a detailed understanding of local and tribal politics in any country in the Middle East, it is very probable that American forces are being sucked into this kind of tribal quagmire -- probably without any knowledge that they are being so used! This next segment shows just how used the Americans were.
"Abid Ali, who witnessed the Najaf fighting, said a procession of about 200 pilgrims from the Hawatim tribe had arrived in the Zarqa area near Najaf to celebrate the Ashura festival. After a confrontation over the procession, Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint shot dead Hajj Sa'ad Sa'ad Nayif al-Hatemi, chief of the tribe, as he and his wife sat in their car. Members of the tribe then attacked the checkpoint to avenge the death of their chief. 'It was after this that the Iraqi army called in the Americans, and the planes began bombing civilians', Ali said. 'It was a massacre'."
American forces had just killed a bunch of anti-Iran Shi'ites!
How could this have happened? Easily, actually!
"Ali said most people in the area believe the US military was told by Iraqi security forces loyal to the pro-Iranian government in Baghdad that 'terrorists' or the 'messianic cult' were attacking Najaf. They say the misinformation was intended to mislead occupation forces into attacking the tribe."
Make no mistake about the fact that this massacre of anti-Iranian Shi'ites by American forces had a profound effect.
"Many Shi'ites in the southern parts of the country and in Baghdad now say they had been fooled earlier by US promises to help them, but that the Najaf massacre has dramatically changed their views ... Jaafar al-Jawadi, a political analyst from Baghdad, said the Americans 'were misled, and their last move in Najaf shows how smart the Iranians are in leading the Americans deeper into the Iraqi sands'.
" 'I really admire the way the Iranians are dealing with the situation in a professional way while the Americans are walking with their eyes closed', Jawadi said. 'They are losing the last Iraqi fort they were hiding behind, and that was the peaceful way Arab Shi'ites were dealing with the occupation'."
Now that Americans have alienated the last vestige of meaningful support, this next story gains greater and greater significance. The Iraqi war may be about to "turn on a dime"!
NEWS BRIEF: "McCain Fears 'Tet Offensive' in Iraq", By BOB LEWIS, Associated Press Writer, Breitbart News, February 12, 2007
"RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Monday he fears an offensive by Iraqi insurgents similar to the Tet offensive by the Viet Cong that sent U.S. casualties soaring in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago ... In the GOP presidential field, McCain is one of the strongest proponents of President Bush's plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq by some 21,500. 'By the way, a lot of us are also very concerned about the possibility of a, quote, 'Tet Offensive'. You know, some large-scale tact that could then switch American public opinion the way that the Tet Offensive did', the Arizona senator said."
"Tet, a massive invasion in 1968 of South Vietnam by Communist North Vietnamese, inflicted enormous losses on U.S. and South Vietnamese troops and is regarded as a point where public sentiment turned sharply against the war."
The timing of the Tet Offensive was one of the reasons it was so effective in "switching" American opinion against the war, because 6 years of war had caused a significant majority of voters to swing against continuation of the conflict. When the Mass Media painted the war as a victory for the Viet Cong, American sentiment dramatically shifted negative.
Is American sentiment in this arena now?
"Last month, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that 62 percent said the United States made a mistake in going to war in Iraq."
As American and Iraqi forces were slowly -- ever so slowly -- getting into position to pacify Baghdad, Islamic fighters were able to leave the city, most going south, but some going west and east. Are they preparing to attack America's vital, and exposed, supply lines to the south of Baghdad? We explain this possibility in our recent Headline News article, "Are American Forces In Danger of Bloody Defeat In Iraq On A Scale of 'Waterloo'?" - NEWS2176.
We believe the time may be quickly approaching for a dramatically worse turn of events in Iraq.
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