June 5th, 2008

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Starts With “T”

Via Atrios: is the Iraq War an Iranian plot?

Defense Department counterintelligence investigators suspected that a small group of Pentagon officials who’d collected dubious intelligence on Iraq and Iran from Iranian exiles might have “been used as agents of a foreign intelligence service … to reach into and influence the highest levels of the U.S. government,” a Senate Intelligence Committee report said Thursday.

A top aide to then-secretary of defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, however, shut down the 2003 investigation into the group’s activities after only a month, and Pentagon officials never followed up on investigators’ recommendation for a more thorough investigation, the Senate report said.

The revelation raises questions about whether Iran may have used a small cabal of officials in the Pentagon and in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office to feed bogus intelligence on Iraq and Iran to senior policymakers in the Bush administration who were eager to oust the Iraqi dictator.

Iran, which was a mortal enemy of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and fought a bloody eight-year war with Iraq during his reign, has been the primary beneficiary of U.S. policy in Iraq, where Iranian-backed groups now run much of the government and the security forces.

I’m guessing that, if Bush gets his wish for a war with Iran, we’ll find out he is carrying out the will of an even worse enemy. Could it be that the Soviet Union never really went away? ‘Cause, you know, the Russians have those nesting dolls…

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A Tiny Ripple of Hope

(Most of this eulogy quotes from a 1966 speech by Robert Kennedy to South African students.)

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How We Get Through Tough Times

I was struck by this line from John McCain’s Tuesday speech:

America has seen tough times before. We’ve always known how to get through them.

Yeah, I’m thinking of the Great Depression. World War II. Tough times. We got through them by electing a Democrat.

Thanks for reminding us, Sen. McCain.