Iran just a distraction factor for the White House?
Jurassic Pork reaches behind the firewall and produces the latest Frank Rich op-ed and it's an especially good one. Rich offers a comforting theory on why the Bush administration would be dishing out such transparently false propaganda on Iran. He traces the origins of the current alarmist press releases and points out that dressing up old news as "urgent new developments" is a time tested distraction strategy at the White House.
We know what Mr. Bush wants to distract us from this time: Congressional votes against his war policy, the Libby trial, the Pentagon inspector general’s report deploring Douglas Feith’s fictional prewar intelligence, and the new and dire National Intelligence Estimate saying that America is sending troops into the cross-fire of a multifaceted sectarian cataclysm.I'm willing to entertain that theory. It beats the hell out of staying up nights worrying that Bush finally has gone completely bonkers and is just about to pull the nuclear trigger.
That same intelligence estimate also says that Iran is “not likely to be a major driver of violence” in Iraq, but no matter. If the president can now whip up a Feith-style smoke screen of innuendo to imply that Iran is the root of all our woes in the war — and give “the enemy” a single recognizable face (Ahmadinejad as the new Saddam) — then, ipso facto, he is not guilty of sending troops into the middle of a shadowy Sunni-Shiite bloodbath after all.