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Iran Nuclear Coverage Echoes Iraq War Media Frenzy



NEW YORK -- Military strikes expected! Weapons inspectors called in! A murky al Qaeda connection! And Cheney says time's up for Ira...


Wait. Haven't we seen this movie before?


It's already been a decade since the media hyped bogus WMD claims prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. But it sure feels like 2002 for anyone who was around then and is now scanning newspaper headlines or watching TV talking-heads discuss a possible Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities -- an act which could pull the U.S. into another thorny Middle East military conflict.


Some of the media's more overheated Iran coverage bears an eerie resemblance to Iraq coverage, but instead of former Vice President Dick Cheney we have his daughter Liz Cheney making the Sunday show rounds.


"A nuclear weapon in the hands of the world's worst sponsor of terror, one of them, is something we can't stand for," Cheney said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."


The Iran nuclear story has also led several network newscasts this week. On Tuesday, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer talked of a "shadow war being waged by Iran," followed by chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross describing a "violent series of attacks by Iran," which may be retaliation for the recent killing of Iranian scientists.


CBS News anchor Scott Pelley kicked off Wednesday's broadcast by saying that Iran is "defying the world," while NBC's Brian Williams asked if "the U.S. about to get dragged into a new confrontation."


One national security reporter, who has covered the intelligence community and Iran but was not authorized to comment, says that pre-Iraq War coverage and recent Iran coverage are "terrifyingly similar."


"I don't think we are falling totally back into where we were before, but I do think you're seeing, in some corners of our profession, we're making the same mistakes we made a decade ago," the reporter said. "We're taking things at face value and we're rushing to get ahead of a story that we don't know where it's going."


While questions have loomed for years about Iran's nuclear intentions and ability to produce weapons-grade uranium, we're now in the midst of a full-scale flood of stories suggesting that Iran is on track to build a nuclear bomb, and even some speculating that the Iranian regime may strike the United States, perhaps in collusion with terrorists.


On Wednesday, British broadcaster Sky News -- citing intelligence officials -- claimed that Iran and al Qaeda "have established an operational relationship amid fears the terror group is planning a spectacular attack against the West." The Daily Telegraph, another British outlet, published a similar story attributing the link to what "officials believe."


National security and intelligence reporting often requires quoting anonymous officials, of course, and is subject to the same pitfalls that other source-centric beats face (like Wall Street dealmaking, for example). Even a piece on coverage of that coverage -- like this one -- includes one anonymous source. All of which begs a very germane question: To what extent is this community of foreign policy background sources spinning the media on Iran? And does the media really have any way of meaningfully assessing the merits of what those sources are saying?


Exhibit A from the pre-Iraq invasion days for why more caution may be in order: the false reports of a "Prague connection" between 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta and Iraqi officials -- a thinly-sourced story promoted in the media and seized upon by officials from the administration of former President George W. Bush.


Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier, is an inviting target. He has long spoken about confronting Israel, and he routinely makes outrageous statements that commentators have seized upon to justify a preventive strike to disrupt Iran's nuclear program.


"I cannot imagine the Israelis are going to allow Iran to go nuclear and to hold the Damocles sword over 6 million Jews all over again," columnist Charles Krauthammer said last week on Fox News. "Israel was established to prevent a second Holocaust, not to invite one."


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A nicely detailed summary of other hysterical and paranoid claims being promoted by war apologists continues at the above link
 

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Always a good time to crank your speakers to Max Volume and dust your curtains

 

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great question

I can't understand how anyone can possibly support Obama

but some still do
 

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It's sad what this great country can offer, when Nov comes, voters will make their choice based on who is less of a fucking joke. It's sad man. I'll write my name on the ballot and mail it in.
 

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Iranian Warships Enter the Mediterranean Sea: Reports


Published: Saturday, 18 Feb 2012 | 6:18 AM ET

By: Antonia Oprita
Deputy News Editor, CNBC.com

Iranian warships entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal on Saturday, according to various press reports.

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An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt.
The BBC said that the destroyer Shahid Qandi and its supply vessel Kharg passed through the Suez Canal but that their destination was unclear.

It is the second time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that Iranian warships pass through the Suez Canal, navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari said, according Dow Jones.

"The strategic navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has passed through the Suez Canal for the second time since the (1979) Islamic Revolution," Sayari told the IRNA agency, quoted by Dow Jones.

The move will show "the might" of Iran to the countries in the region, Sayari said, according to the Dow Jones report. The BBC reported that Sayari said the mission was also a "message of peace".

In February last year, two Iranian warships entered the Mediterranean Sea, prompting Israel to call the move a "provocation."

Analysts and policymakers have been increasingly worried about an escalation of the tension in Iran, with a political analyst recently telling CNBC an attack on the country from Israel was likely this year.

However, President Barack Obama said Israel had no firm plans to attack Iran.

In an NBC interview earlier this month, Obama said: "I don't think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do. I think they, like us, believe that Iran has to stand down on its nuclear weapons program."

The destroyer Shahid Qandi and its supply vessel Kharg have passed through the Suez Canal but their destination remains unclear.
 

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Because the current rep field is a complete joke

So your reason for supporting a recorded failure is all of the opposition is a joke.

How many of the current Republican candidates while being POTUS have never passed a balanced budget or any budget for that matter or increased the debt by 5 trillion or signed into law a bill that is being challenged in the Supreme Court or sued States for trying to enforce immigration laws or gave weapons to Mexican drug cartels or refuse to prosecute voter intimidation or vowed to cut the deficit in half his first term (and failed) or and the list goes on and on.

How many? None, although one did pass a balanced budget and cut spending for 4 years in a row but he wasn’t the POTUS at the time.

Now all of the above could have been said about BO prior to 2009 but not now. President Failure now has a record, 3 years and counting, as the most colossal fuckup since Mr. Peanut.

So saying all of the Republican candidates are a joke is premature.
 

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Am reading "Obama Zombies." A real eye opener at the fawning of everyone over Obama....seems to still be going on
 

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great question

I can't understand how anyone can possibly support Obama

but some still do

I thought the same about GW and then he got reelected :)

besides lets look at the GOP options, Romney who baptizes dead people and Santorum who sides with the Pope about not supporting birth control (And in the process letting millions of Africans to die of AIDS)
 

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The liberals already made up their minds. They think Obama is cooler than other candidates and he can shoot hoops rx0--0:shootbb:

"The liberals already made up their minds." says the genius who says that if your parents are of different races, you are guaranteed to be a liar...:laughingb:think2::notme::hahahahah:pointer::nohead:
 

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"The liberals already made up their minds." says the genius who says that if your parents are of different races, you are guaranteed to be a liar...:laughingb:think2::notme::hahahahah:pointer::nohead:

Dumbfinch just confirmed my opinion about the libtards. <><>:lolBIG:mad:):mad::cripwalk::pope::laugh::missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte
 

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Dumbfinch just confirmed my opinion about the libtards. <><>:lolBIG:mad:):mad::cripwalk::pope::laugh::missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte:missingte

Anybody who disagrees with Snoop is a fag, anybody who is a fag should simply ADMIT they're a fag, and anybody born of mixed parents is automatically a liar. Breathe in Snoop's stupidity and let it WASH over you...:laughingb:think2::notme::hahahahah:pointer::nohead:
 

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Welcome to bitter pussy club, existing members are:

akphitroll
wabitchwonders
gayde05

and now Dumbfinch

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Welcome to bitter pussy club, existing members are:

akphitroll
wabitchwonders
gayde05

and now Dumbfinch

puff_>>

<<Yawn>> Anybody who disagrees with Snoop is a fag, anybody who is a fag should simply ADMIT they're a fag, and anybody born of mixed parents is automatically a liar. Breathe in Snoop's stupidity and let it WASH over you...:laughingb:think2::notme::hahahahah:pointer::nohead:
 

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