LA Times To Serve and Eat Iranian Crow
This liberal rag is going to be force fed some serious crow in the coming days…
Keep the following headline in mind when the Bush Administration releases their report on Iran’s role in fomenting violence in Iraq:
In rejecting the case compiled against Iran, senior U.S. officials, including Hadley, Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, confirmed Friday that they were concerned about possible inaccuracies.
“I and Secretary Rice and the national security advisor want to make sure that the briefing that is provided is absolutely accurate and is dominated by facts — serial numbers, technology and so on,” Gates told reporters at the Pentagon.
Another reason for the delay, as is often the case when releasing intelligence, was that officials were concerned about inadvertently helping adversaries identify the agents or sources that provided the intelligence, Hadley said.
Hadley also said that the administration sought to delay the release of evidence until after a key intelligence report on Iraq was unveiled, so that Americans could place the evidence in the context of the broader conflict.
That report, called a National Intelligence Estimate, was issued Friday, concluding that Iraq was deteriorating and faces a bleak future that U.S. efforts may do little to avert.
The report also says that pulling out of Iraq would be a terrible mistake.
Now get this:
U.S. military leaders in Iraq have said they have evidence that Iran is behind the supply network of explosives. Military officials have blamed Iran for the increasing casualties caused by the use of “shaped charge” explosive devices that can penetrate armored vehicles.
“What we are trying to do is … counter what the Iranians are doing to our soldiers, their involvement in activities, particularly these explosively formed projectiles that are killing our troops, and we are trying to get them to stop their nuclear enrichment,” Gates said.
Forgive me if I am off a tad on this, but doesn’t that say that “military leaders in Iraq have evidence that Iran is behind supplying explosives” to Iraqi insurgents?
And… Doesn’t that directly contradicts the main point of this whole article?
Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out whose side the LA Times is on.
Meanwhile… Jules Crittenden has a few words for the Washington Post.