Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insists that Iran "is hell-bent on acquiring nuclear weapons." Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says Iran has an "increasingly lethal and malign influence" in Iraq. General Petraeus said that Iran has been "responsible for killing hundreds of American soldiers." Rear Admiral Patrick Driscoll said, "The Iranians continue to train Iraqis and finance their networks and over time that is going to build.... So over time if they continue to do this activity it will create bigger influence and that's going to lead to more interference in the internal affairs of Iraq." US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad called on "Iran and Syria [to] ... stop the flow of weapons and foreign fighters into Iraq, and their malign interference in Iraq." He said the Quds Force continues "to arm, train and fund illegal armed groups in Iraq." He said, "This lethal aid poses a significant threat to Iraqi and multinational forces and to the stability and sovereignty of Iraq." US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "The leaders of Hamas are increasingly serving as the proxy warriors of an Iranian regime that is destabilizing the region, seeking a nuclear capability, and proclaiming a desire to destroy Israel." Rice referred to the Afghanistan Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, al Qaeda in Iraq and certain Iraqi Shiites, and Syria as parts of a "belt of extremism." She calls Iran the number one state sponsor of terrorism. Her department issued a report stating it. Plenty of others have been echoing all of this propaganda, such as Michael V. Hayden of the CIA.

They are all just given their talking point or points and then they're given way too much coverage just because they are part of the military-industrial complex. The corporate news is told what to do by way of interlocking directorates and falls obediently in line or heads roll.

It just flies in the face of the last NIE on Iran. They just waited long enough that they thought everyone would be suffering from information overload and amnesia about that report that said Iran was not pursuing nuclear weapons. But since certain forces in Israel want a war with Iran while Bush is still in office, they, the neocons say, "Just lie." Bush of course has no problem with that. He just wants the tiniest "cover." It doesn't matter how lame it is, just so long as he can throw it out there.

They're going to roll out more unsubstantiated weapons. They're going to ignore and the mainstream US media will continue to ignore the illegality of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Iran says it doesn't want nuclear weapons. It spiritual leaders have declared such weapons anathema. Thorough inspections by the UN have come up clean, just as they did in Iraq even while the Machiavellians (all liars by ideology) claimed over and over without proof that Iraq had such weapons and programs underway. Iran is not a belligerent nation. The US is though. Ahmadinejad also never said he wants to "wipe Israel off the map." He said, quoting Ayatollah Khomeini, "the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the pages of time." He never threatened Israel with nuclear weapons.

Even if the Iranians are helping Iraqis against the US (something the US will not prove beyond a reasonable doubt), the US is there illegally and for Empire to steal resources and to do untold other evils.

The neocons aren't repenting. They have been called to repent, but they are ignoring the call. You can't do that.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.