U.S. ADMINISTRATION DISCUSSING WAYS TO PROVOKE A WAR WITH IRAN?
01.08.2008 14:36 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Speaking at the Campus Progress journalism conference
earlier this month, Seymour Hersh – a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist
for The New Yorker – revealed that Bush administration officials held
a meeting recently in the Vice President’s office to discuss ways to
provoke a war with Iran.
In Hersh’s most recent article, he reports that this meeting occurred
in the wake of the overblown incident in the Strait of Hormuz, when
a U.S. carrier almost shot at a few small Iranian speedboats. The
"meeting took place in the Vice-President’s office. ‘The subject
was how to create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington,’"
according to one of Hersh’s sources.
Asked specifically about this meeting and if he could elaborate on
what occurred, Hersh explained that, during the meeting in Cheney’s
office, an idea was considered to dress up Navy Seals as Iranians,
put them on fake Iranian speedboats, and shoot at them. This idea,
intended to provoke an Iran war, was ultimately rejected.
"There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one
that interested me the most was why don’t we build – we in our shipyard
– build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy
seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes
to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up," he said. "Might cost
some lives. And it was rejected because you can’t have Americans
killing Americans. That’s the kind of – that’s the level of stuff
we’re talking about. Provocation. But that was rejected."
Hersh argued that one of the things the Bush administration
learned during the encounter in the Strait of Hormuz was that,
"if you get the right incident, the American public will support"
it, thinkprogress.org reports.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress