Looks like the Herald is taking their turn driving public opinion. The paper Herald this morning had a front page article titled General Sees No Arms Link to Irans Government. It’s originally from the Washington Post, but I couldn’t find an exact online equivalent. This article today by the same writer seems the most likely source for the Herald article although it really doesn’t matter.
My purpose in this post is to point out that the Herald went out of it’s way to print the front page headline General Sees No Arms Link to Irans Government. It is obvious that the Herald wants the reader to believe that the General thinks there is no arms link to the Iranian Government, this in opposition to what White House statements.
The General is quoted as:
“We know that the explosively formed projectiles are manufactured in Iran,”
“It is clear that Iranians are involved, and it’s clear that materials from Iran are involved,”
The online Herald story today titled Pace Questions Whether Iran Arming Iraq
“That does not translate that the Iranian government per se, for sure, is directly involved in doing this,” Pace said. “What it does say is that things made in Iran are being used in Iraq to kill coalition soldiers.”
Neither Herald story included this from the Washington Post story:
The officials also showed what they said were false identity cards of Iranians whom U.S. forces had recently detained in Iraq. The men were described as members of the Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that U.S. officials believe is under the control of Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
I’ll be the first to admit that what we see is sketchy and circumstantial, but I’m sure more information will be coming. To my eyes the circumstantial evidence points towards Iranian government involvement rather than away from it.
Sean McCormack the State Department official who made the original announcement regarding the connection to Iran also said this in regards to a “mountain of evidence”:
“We’re going to do this on our own timeline,” he said.
“There are always going to be doubters, critics, sceptics … That’s fine, we accept that.”
“It’s not going to influence us into hurrying through something that we don’t think is ready or appropriate.”
And even without access to this “mountain of evidence” Iran is continuing to build its profile as our enemy.
Within 45 days of the first HS50 Steyr Mannlicher rifles arriving in Iran, an American officer in an armoured vehicle was shot dead by an Iraqi insurgent using the weapon.
So I’m left wondering; as I do; why the Herald wants its readers to believe that Iran is not supplying weapons to Iraqis. Are they really implying that President Bush is not telling the truth?
They did make sure to include this statement by the Iranian Forign Minister:
The United States has a long history in fabricating evidence.
May be I can get the minister to answer my yet unanswered challenge from yesterday?