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The Serious Side of the Farcical Iranian Boat "Incident"

Posted by libhom Sunday, January 13, 2008

In a previous post, I addressed the unintentional humor in the latest effort by the Bush regime to create hysteria over Iran. However, there is a more serious side in the effort to bring us to war with Iran. Americans for Democratic Action addressed this in the 1/12/08 edition of ADA Updates.

Once again, the Bush Administration is playing fast and loose with the truth. The news that the tape of the dangerous encounter with Iranian gun boats was, in part, fabricated is but one more example of how this Administration plays a dangerous game to further its own goals. They led us into a badly misguided war in Iraq with spurious claims of weapons of mass destruction.

Now, the Pentagon has admitted that the voice-over they played on the video of the incident in the Strait of Hormuz was recorded separately. The Keystone Cops were more professional.


As a nation, we simply cannot countenance such deceptions. At stake are our nation’s credibility and the potential for starting a war which could escalate far beyond anything we have yet seen.

The incident in the Strait of Hormuz was, indeed, dangerous and – before anyone asks – we do not support the current Iranian government. Anything, however, which undermines American credibility in the world undermines all of us.

Contact your Senators and Representative at (202) 224-3121 and demand that oversight hearings be conducted and, then, contact Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at (703) 428-0711 and tell him, in no uncertain terms, that the situation is too dangerous to play games.


  1. Dusty Says:
  2. Reminds me of the trumped up bullshit that drew us into the Vietnam War.

  3. libhom Says:
  4. Based on my reading of history, there is one key difference. The Gulf of Tonkin resolution was based on fraudulent claims, as is the case now. But, those claims were in the realm of the possible. Today's claims about little speed boats threatening US Navy ships are silly.

    Yet, I suspect many rightists are dumb enough to believe this set of nonsense.



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