Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Untruths about Iranian arms

The Bushites never quit lying.

They led us into war against Iraq based upon non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction and they've been lying about Iranian weapons being supplied to insurgents in Iraq.

It was in April of this year that the Bushites "launched a new round of charges that Iran had stepped up covert arms assistance to Shi'ite militias."

As reported in the Asia Times, Robert M. Gates, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, "suggested there was 'some sense of an increased level of [Iranian] supply of weapons to support these groups.' And Washington Post reporter Karen DeYoung was told by military officials that the 'plentiful, high quality weaponry' the militias were then using in Basra was 'recently manufactured in Iran.'"

The problem is that most of this was bullshit. In fact, "a US military task force had been passing on data to the Multi-National Iraq (MNFI) command that told a very different story. The data collected in the previous six weeks showed that relatively few of the weapons found in Shi'ite militia caches were manufactured in Iran."

Over a five-month period the task force "analyzed a total of roughly 4,600 weapons caches," and discovered that "Iranian-made weapons were a fraction of 1% of the total weapons found in Shi'ite militia caches during that period."

The Bush administration neither knows nor cares about the truth. Let us hope the Obama administration will do better.

The full story is here.

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