Monday, August 14, 2006
Hersh Supports Early Blogosphere Claims on Lebanon War
'several Israeli officials visited Washington earlier this summer to get a green light for the bombing operation and to find out how much the United States would bear.'
Hersh further claims that the US were keen to weaken Hizbullah's ability to attack Israel should USA decide to 'destroy Iran's nuclear installations'.
So the Lebanon war was to be a feint/prelude to a possible attack on the real target: Iran. It seems the mainstream media can indeed get it (or be manipulated to get it) wrong. And maybe it takes the bloggers to seek out and publicize the alternative narratives which eventually turn out to be closer to the truth. Pity, in retrospect, though not at all surprising, that it yet another best laid US plan for the Middle East has gone ever so slightly pear-shaped. But the more important worry is whether the embryonic plan to attack Iran has been abandoned or flagged for implementation in the near future. Straw condemned such a plan in advance as 'nuts' but I wonder what combination of weasel words Blair would use to justify going along with Bush in such a dangerous new direction.
It's quite remarkable that after Iraq the Pentagon still maintains enough faith in the effectiveness of (particularly this) government to see a joint Israel/US operation on Hizbullah and then Iran(?!) as remotely feasible.
More and more I am reminded of Suez. Niall Ferguson argues that all empires ultimately self-destruct. Is this the beginning of the end for the American empire?
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