Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Iran Iran Iran!
I've mentioned this before, but I find it astounding at the sheer number of stories on Iraq being put out by the Pentagon and White House. Here's one from today:
The device is called an explosively formed projectile (EFP). It is usually made from a pipe filled with explosives and capped by a copper disk. When the explosives detonate, they transform the disk into a molten jet of metal capable of penetrating armor. They perform in the same way that U.S. anti-tank missiles do.

"Properly handled, it goes through armor like a hot knife through butter," said John Pike of, a military think tank in Alexandria, Va.

Officials such as Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq, and National Intelligence Director John Negroponte have said the new bombs are being provided by Iran and are killing U.S. troops. U.S. officials have declined to say exactly how many have been killed or how the weapons have been traced to Iran, which has denied supplying them.
If this is not just another ratchet job, how about providing some information. For example, how many of these attacks are occuring? What intelligence suggests these are actually from Iran or are government sponsored? How has alleged Iranian involvement changed over time (we never used to hear about the Iranian threat until recently)?

By putting out incendiary portions of information that suit their purposes, the White House intends to inflame the nutbars into supporting more war. Given their intelligence track record (on many fronts), it's impossible to give the benefit of the doubt or to trust anything that these guys say. If there's credibility to a charge like the one above, prove it. Otherwise, it's just more politically motivated noise coming out of the White House.