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January 16, 2008

Tell Congress To Investigate Pentagon Video Of Iranian "Threat"

Are you the kind of weirdo who thinks Congress should investigate when the Pentagon essentially fabricates a video of U.S. ships being "threatened" by Iran? Just because it could, you know, lead to a massive war based on lies? (Gareth Porter has an excellent run down of how things happened, here.)

If you are such a weirdo, you can contact Congress via Just Foreign Policy.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at January 16, 2008 05:17 PM

Tried to sign your petition but the STATE portion doesn't list Wyoming. Did something happen while I was napping?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 16, 2008 05:44 PM

Where's our own Dick Deadeye when America's HMS Pinafore needs him?

But I am worried. Once our sailors start seeing "white box-like objects that floated," we can guess what's next. Talking rabbits and singing
mermaids. USN, call Dr. Phil.

Foreign policy as operetta. The more things change...

Posted by: donescobar at January 16, 2008 06:07 PM

Nobody expected anyone from WY.

Posted by: darrelplant at January 16, 2008 06:30 PM

there was an "attack" (some kind of incident) involving North VN torpedo boats and the Maddox. The later "action" involving the Maddox and the Turner Joy was sheerest fabrications. But it became the fodder for the "Gulf of Tonkin" resolution. The Tonkin Resolution was unique in that it was the first non-Congressional non-Declaration of not-War, abdicating to the Executive the responsibility for the conditions that war necessitates. We now have another 5 years of experience with the fruits of this poisonous irresponsibility.

Posted by: konopelli/wgg at January 16, 2008 08:52 PM

I believe they're too busy with crucial steroid hearings. priorities man.

Posted by: ran at January 16, 2008 11:20 PM

Are the Pentagons writers still on strike? must be with lines like " I'm coming to blow you up" or did they use pages from the Rambo lV script ?

Posted by: Jack Platt at January 16, 2008 11:49 PM


WY counts too. It seems to be in the list now.

Posted by: Patrick at January 17, 2008 10:40 AM

Patrick: THANX.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 17, 2008 11:20 AM

Contact congress? YOU BET! It's SURE to work THIS time! OF COURSE it will! PROVE it won't!

Posted by: JimDandy at January 17, 2008 12:50 PM

Bush's trip, and this suspicious "incident," makes me even more grateful for the leak of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear capacity. It is clear that when Bush et la planned this trip months ago, it was intended to be the last step in the political theater needed before war. The plan was that this would be the part in which Bush goes around and pretends to use diplomacy.

The leak of the NIE took a lot of wind out of those sails; can you imagine what this trip would look like if they were still able to use the "smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud" nonsense? But clearly it didn't stop Bush et al. I don't know if Congress or anyone else can stop him, but we have no excuse for not trying. What better things have you got to do today than try to stop a foolish war?

Posted by: Whistler Blue at January 17, 2008 02:59 PM

Whistler Blue : EXACTLY, if one cannot put forth the effort to petition Congress or even call someone in Congress, well then----?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 17, 2008 04:15 PM

There will be no meaningful inverstigation these liars are trying to ratchet up the heat to justify an invasion of Iran. We have to stay vigilant and not let them get away with it.

Posted by: lazloman at January 18, 2008 12:50 PM

I'm with JimDandy. The suggestion implies that anyone in the Congress gives a flying fuck. Other than Kucinich or Ron Paul, I don't believe it.

Posted by: sglover at January 19, 2008 09:27 PM

sglover: Congress NEVER gives a fuck but ONLY WHEN YOU care enough to pressure Congress is when THEY care.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 20, 2008 06:15 PM