Today the New York Times, on page A10, informs us that "This is the national paper of record? For reference, I wrote about this incident yesterday including Juan Cole's debunking of the administrations claims, which the NY Times did not include.
Iran May Have Trained Attackers That Killed 5 American Soldiers, U.S. and Iraqis Say"
- the claim that Iran "may have" trained attackers gets the headline and the lede. Of course, green Martians "may have" trained the attackers. The key question is: is there real evidence?
- there is not a single named source in the article.
- there is no rebuttal, no point of view different from the allegation, even though plenty of knowledgeable analysts (Juan Cole, Gareth Porter, Trita Parsi, for starters) could have easily been found to give a contrary view. A recent Los Angeles Times piece found "scant evidence" for the claim that Iran was behind attacks on U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
- no "direct evidence" exists, as the article acknowledges (further down.)
- the only "evidence" given is that the attack was sophisticated (what are they saying - Iraqis are too dumb to do this by themselves ?!) and that Iran has a motive for retaliating against the U.S. Which is no evidence at all - lots of folks have a motive for retaliating against the U.S.
I'm a very lucky person with every allergy known to man but still happy to be enjoying a wonderful life living in the best place in the world!