Sunday, February 11, 2007

White House proffers "proofs" without a face on Iran

As promised, the White House has delivered its "proof" that Iran is secretly arming Shia militia with these new IEDs. Cernig has already exposed the holes in their theory to the point of making Swiss cheese of their spurious contentions so I won't repeat it here. Go over and read his post but I will add this much.

If the White House is so secure in their intel, why did they provide it in a super secret press conference where it was presented by some unnamed source and reporters were not allowed recording devices or to photograph the evidence but were instead provided a pre-made Pentagon disk of photos? I have a theory about that.

I'd guess that they've learned at least this lesson from their cooked intel on Iraq. The propaganda failed because there was so much on the public record, most especially including video footage of White House spokespersons making fraudulent claims, that now bedevil their credibility. If there's no public record outside of unillustrated news articles that they can later dismiss as partisan hackery, it will make plausible denialability all the easier down the line, when these new "proofs" are similiarly exposed as ginned up "alternate intelligence."

Update: Whole lot of debunking going on. Scott Horton has much more. [hat tip Lester]

Update Two: Cernig checks into comments with a link to the first photo released from the disk. I guess I wasn't that far off when I suggested it takes a long time to engrave serial numbers on shrapnel. It does seem somewhat odd that a bomb allegedly manufactured in Iran would use English instead of Farsi. I think it gives my plausible denialability theory a little credence as well.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:38:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Great link. Thanks Lester.

5:51:00 PM  
Blogger Cernig said...

Thanks for the link.

But really, you should see the first picture released from the disc the anonymous officials gave reporters in lieu of taking their own pics.

It...umm...raises an obvious question. Why is the writing on it in English not Farsi?

Regards, C

6:06:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Cernig. Thanks for dropping by and the new link. Unfuckingbelievable. I just said yesterday that I wondered if the delay was because it took a long time to engrave fragments.

6:17:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It reminds me a bit of the Boston Tea Party - attack the British and make it seem like the Mohicans did it, but planting false evidence is no different than anything Bush did to promote the war on Iraq. They not only have the motivation and the means, they have a proven record of doing it.

1:12:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It reminds any thinking human being of the same Fogg. So why do the so-called journalists swallow it without question? It's pathetic.

2:18:00 PM  

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