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Monday, January 17, 2005

US rebuts Iran covert claim...

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You may have heard about a report awhile ago claiming that the U.S. was carrying covert operations inside of Iran. The claim comes from Seymour Hersh who helped break the Abu Ghraibi prison story in Iraq. The pentagon claims he drinking some powerful Kool Aid (paraphrase mine) but Hersh is countering that he is the one with the dice.

US special forces have been operating inside Iran, Hersh says

If operations were in Iran, it wouldn't surprise me. After all, the Mullah's (along with Syria) have been a thorn in our flesh for a while, and would be something the President would consider "eliminating."

But the BBC has more:
Hersch says reliable sources told him that the political masters in the Pentagon - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy Paul Wolfowitz - wanted to destroy Iran's military infrastructure. Pentagon spokesman Laurence DiRita said on Monday that Hersh's article did not do justice to the "global challenge" posed by the "Iranian regime's apparent nuclear ambitions and its demonstrated support for terrorist organizations."

Mr DiRita said the article was "so riddled with errors of fundamental fact that the credibility of his entire piece is destroyed".

"Views and policies" ascribed by Hersh to several top US defense department officials were not accurate, he said.

So who do you believe? Frankly, I don't really know. Although this would be a good thing if legitimate (it would be a clear warning to the Mullah's that they are about to get spanked) I don't think the White House would ever admit something like this publicly. Unless another 9/11 happened that could be traced towards Tehran, then this accusation will have to sit in the halls of rumor-ville. Selah.

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