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Isreali Raid

September 16, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

I recall when I heard Israeli fighters dropping fuel tanks in Syria.  The first thought was, “where were they going or coming from?”  Turns out they were on their way home from a very successful raid.  The story is old news but this article gives a nice synopsis of what happened.


Categories: Pre Pulse Ramblings, War
  1. Michael Pugliese
    September 16, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Sunday, September 16, 2007
    More Wingnut War Hype

    By Cernig

    The War party really are desperate to hype any WMD link they can, no
    matter how tenuous, between the remaining members of Bush’s infamous
    “Axis of Evul”.

    Right at the moment, their conspiracy theories are particularly active
    on reports speculating about the target of a recent Israeli strike
    into Syria. Carefully orchestrated leaks from war-hypers in the Bush
    administration and within Israeli hardline circles have made sure talk
    is all about nukes or nuclear material provided by North Korea, rather
    than the strike on a Hezboullah arms dump the attack was originally
    reported as. Glenn Kessler got the word from the usual suspects –
    anonymous sources in the Fourth Branch of government. Today, the
    London Times most reliable neocon shill, Sarah Baxter, gets to join

    But there’s just no there there.

    Newsweek reports that:

    current and former U.S. intelligence officials, willing to speak
    only if they were not named, say they’ve seen no credible evidence yet
    of nuclear ties between North Korea and Syria, whether before or since
    the Israeli operation. David Albright, a former weapons inspector in
    Iraq, says allegations raised by Bolton prompted the International
    Atomic Energy Agency to inspect Syria’s small nuclear research reactor
    and other sites in 2003. He says the agency found the claims to be
    “unsubstantiated.” Even Bolton, who served as the State Department’s
    under secretary for arms control and international security,
    acknowledged to NEWSWEEK that while in government, he never saw proof
    North Korea was sharing nuclear technology with Syria.

    And over at Foreign policy magazine, Blake Hounsell quotes Joseph
    Cirincione, senior fellow and director for nuclear policy at the
    Center for American Progress, as saying:

    This story is nonsense. The Washington Post story should have been
    headlined “White House Officials Try to Push North Korea-Syria
    Connection.” This is a political story, not a threat story. The
    mainstream media seems to have learned nothing from the run-up to war
    in Iraq. It is a sad commentary on how selective leaks from
    administration officials who have repeatedly misled the press are
    still treated as if they were absolute truth.

    Once again, this appears to be the work of a small group of
    officials leaking cherry-picked, unvetted “intelligence” to key
    reporters in order to promote a preexisting political agenda. If this
    sounds like the run-up to the war in Iraq, it should. This time it
    appears aimed at derailing the U.S.-North Korean agreement that
    administration hardliners think is appeasement. Some Israelis want to
    thwart any dialogue between the U.S. and Syria.

    Not just Israelis. I’m reminded strongly of another recent attempt to
    push the Syrian angle of Axis of Evul evilitude, when Mike Ledeen
    tried to hype the announcement by a Syrian regime-change group led by
    someone who has never been to Syria that Iran had a secret missile
    base in the Syrian desert. I’m quite surprised the neocons haven’t
    rolled that one out again now – but then again, it was too rich a bit
    of bulls**t even for most of them.

    The Observer’s Foreign Affairs Editor, Peter Beaumont, also makes note
    of what is clearly a “series of piecemeal leaks from US officials that
    gave the impression of being co-ordinated” in order to lay out an
    unprovable narrative of Axis of Evil skullduggery. He goes on to say
    that the Israeli raid should be seen as a rehearsal for an attack on
    Iran, something Joseph Cirincione also believes.

    The real story is how quickly the New York Times and the
    Washington Post snapped up the bait and ran exactly the story the
    officials wanted, thereby feeding a mini-media frenzy. It appears that
    nothing, not even a disastrous and unnecessary war, can break this
    Pavlovian response to an “intelligence scoop.”

    It would appear that the Syrian strike is a rehearsal for more war on
    more than one level. Not only have military planners confirmed that
    israel is capable of striking iran, but the war hypers have also
    confirmed that the general public and journalists are just as gullible
    as the last time there was a snark hunt for non-existent WMD.
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    Posted by Cernig at 9/16/2007 12:43:00 PM

    Labels: Bush administration, Iran, Mid-East, Neoconservatives, North
    Korea, Nukes, Sources/Shills, War Hype

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