Now, this is not a bash-USA thread. We are in it now, we’re stuck with it, that argument is pretty much over.
What I’m worried about is this: this is an excellent opportunity for a “Lets you and him fight” scenario.
Even from the earliest days, there are powerful members of the Administration who were pushing to include Iraq in this war. I am not suggesting that these people would manufacture evidence of Iraqi involvement, only that they would, like the rest of us, be rather quick to accept evidence that supports a premise they already believe.
Who might do this? The usual suspects.
Top of the list: Iran, long-standing mortal enemy of Iraq. They would love nothing better than a war between two of thier enemies. Could they? Well, one of the more sophisticated practitioners of the Black Arts of Intelligence was SAVAK, the dreaded secret police of the late, unlamented Shah of Iran. Wouldn’t be the first time a new regime converted thier enemies into assets. Witness the US and the German rocket scientists, just for one.
Next: Israel, who are the acknowledged masters of this kind of skullduggery, and who would positively love a war against Iraq. They would also be happy to put various Lebanese factions in the hot seat.
But Isreal is our ally, yes? Well, sort of. We are Israel’s best friend, but they are not ours. The “hawk” administration of Israel is led by Ariel Sharon. They have an utterly “survivalist” mentality, they would have no problem at all with hoodwinking the US into attacking thier enemies.
At the very least, we must insist that any evidence implicating a regime other than the Taliban’s must be rigorously and publicly examined. This will be very, very difficult.
“Operational…confidential…compromising assets” We’ve already heard this, we will again. Worse, we can expect the false trail to be expertly laid, and that skeptics will be treated with the scorn the vast majority of Americans feel for “naive, fuzzy-thinking peacenks”
Iraq is the most obvious target of “disinformation”, but certainly not the only one.
What can be done?