Liberal Media Bias? Are we REALLY getting ready to attack Iran?

The Peoples Republic of CNN reports today that the Bush Administration is running a whole lot of covert operations inside Iran in order to prepare the battlefield for an attack against their nuclear facilities while really trying to make trouble for the current regime in Iran.  

My guess is that the real reasoning has nothing at all to do with nuclear anything, but has much more to do with the fact that the current regime in Iran isn’t very friendly to Exxon-Mobil, British Petroleum, Shell Oil, etc, etc.  I think that the entire situation emanating from BushCo regarding Iran is all about regime change due to oil.  The continuation of the War On Terror For Oil, if you will.

Hey, call me silly, but it could be true!  😉

From The Peoples Republic of CNN:

Report: U.S. ‘preparing the battlefield’ in Iran

The Bush administration has launched a “significant escalation” of covert operations in Iran, sending U.S. commandos to spy on the country’s nuclear facilities and undermine the Islamic republic’s government, journalist Seymour Hersh said Sunday.

White House, CIA and State Department officials declined comment on Hersh’s report, which appears in this week’s issue of The New Yorker.

Hersh told CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer” that Congress has authorized up to $400 million to fund the secret campaign, which involves U.S. special operations troops and Iranian dissidents.

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have rejected findings from U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran has halted a clandestine effort to build a nuclear bomb and “do not want to leave Iran in place with a nuclear program,” Hersh said.

“They believe that their mission is to make sure that before they get out of office next year, either Iran is attacked or it stops its weapons program,” Hersh said.

The new article, “Preparing the Battlefield,” is the latest in a series of articles accusing the Bush administration of preparing for war with Iran.

My emphasis

Wait just a gol’darned minute, Mr. Hersh!  I thought “I” concluded that Bushie and Buddies were not all that worried about nuclear stuff, and instead “I” surmised that it was all about OIL!  You, the Liberal Bastion of Media, are going to stand up and say right to my face that you are going to report the NEWS and not what you think it really means?

And what’s this stuff about Bimbo Bush and Vlad Cheney just outright disbelieving the intelligence reports?  They wouldn’t do that!  Or, do they know something we don’t (like Iran has Oil)?

Liberal Media Bias, my eye!

“As usual with his quarterly pieces, we’ll decline to comment,” White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe told CNN.

“The CIA, as a rule, does not comment on allegations regarding covert operations,” CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said.

Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, denied U.S. raids were being launched from Iraq, where American commanders believe Iran is stoking sectarian warfare and fomenting attacks on U.S. troops.

“I can tell you flatly that U.S. forces are not operating across the Iraqi border into Iran, in the south or anywhere else,” Crocker said.

Hersh said U.S. efforts were staged from Afghanistan, which also shares a border with Iran.

He said the program resulted in “a dramatic increase in kinetic events and chaos” inside Iran, including attacks by Kurdish separatists in the country’s north and a May attack on a mosque in Shiraz that killed 13 people.

The United States has said it is trying to isolate Iran diplomatically in order to get it to come clean about its nuclear ambitions. But Bush has said “all options” are open in dealing with the issue.

Ryan Crocker(of shit) sez we aren’t doing any of that clandistine stuff, but Mr. Hersh sez we are.  

Nothing biased in there.  Either one of them is lying out his ass, or the other is very ill informed, but still Liberal Bias has not reared it’s ugly head in any way.

That’s IT!  I GIVE UP!

I can’t even get Seymour Hersh to get with the program and liberalize the news!  GEEZ!

OK, so I have NOT found any real Liberal Bias in reporting from these So-Called-Liberal-Media-Outlets.

I am now going to take a different tack in my course and move on to seeing if I can find any Conservative Bias in the So-Called-Liberal-Media-Outlets.  I do believe I may be a bit more rewarded for my efforts here, but we will see.

Tune back in on Wednesday morning, Saaame Liberal Time! Saaame Liberal Blog! to see what we may find then….  


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    • brobin on June 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    And I wouldn’t say that I was being liberal in my bias, but more to the point I am looking at past history and coming to MY own conclusions.  Yet, the reporter on this story is just telling what he has heard.

  1. How 220 members of the House have sponsored H.CON.RES.362 (dated May 22, 2008)  and  32 Senators have co-sponsored it’s sister resolution S.RES.580 dated June 2, 2008.  These resolutions:

    “…Express the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed to international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital national security interests of the United States by Iran’s…and…Express the sense of the Senate on preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability…”

    I guess the liberal media don’t think that it’s newsworthy that 252 members of Congress have signed a resolution demanding that the President take all sorts of measures to “pressure” Iran, including preventing Iran’s vessels carrying oil from entering or leaving Iran…  Nope, it’s more newsworthy for the liberal media to fall all over themselves this morning to report the McCain campaign & the republicans “outrage” about General Wesley Clark’s statements about McCain’s  “experience”.

    That “liberal” media is focusing on one line of Clark’s (IMHO accurate) statement, and the RW manufactured outrage about it.  You know, the same “liberal” media that assisted in the smearing of John Kerry’s war record, and minimized the reporting of the rebuttals to the smears and lies.

    • banger on June 30, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    The media has no liberal or conservative bias–it is completely objective. Well, maybe “objective” depends on your definition of the word (thanks Mr. Wittgenstein).

    More to the point, the mass media, mainstream media etc. is an industry much like any other. The difference is that its product is politics. The MSM is, like the political parties, a political broker only more powerful. It deals with giving a forum to whatever faction in the power-elite has power.

    The term “pack journalism” is true–they are a pack, even if there are rivalries and power struggles within their ranks they are usually kept within the group. Witness the state funeral (they have stopped pretending they aren’t a branch of government) of one of the greatest of hack journalists Tim Russert. The man was a demi-God and near the top of the pecking order in that profession, more powerful than any Senator.

    If you learn to read between the lines of what the MSM pronounces, you can discern where power really lies. Guess what? It does not lie in the voting booth.

  2. to “it” as the “so called” liberal media.

    It’s more accurate.

  3. Currently 72 million 100 thousand odd hits.

    Can we rightfully conclude that the “opposition” party is offering zero opposition.  In the same way “our” CIA funded the opposition to the Russians in Afghanistan “our” CIA is now cementing perpetual mid-east conflict.  Something Russian may not take kindly to over the long term.

  4. As far as I know, this story was broken by Andrew Cockburn at CounterPunch on May 2 (no harm to Sy Hersh):

    Six weeks ago, President Bush signed a secret finding authorizing a covert offensive against the Iranian regime that, according to those familiar with its contents, “unprecedented in its scope.”

    Bush’s secret directive covers actions across a huge geographic area – from Lebanon to Afghanistan – but is also far more sweeping in the type of actions permitted under its guidelines – up to and including the assassination of targeted officials.  This widened scope clears the way, for example, for full support for the military arm of Mujahedin-e Khalq, the cultish Iranian opposition group, despite its enduring position on the State Department’s list of terrorist groups.

    Similarly, covert funds can now flow without restriction to Jundullah, or “army of god,” the militant Sunni group in Iranian Baluchistan – just across the Afghan border — whose leader was featured not long ago on Dan Rather Reports cutting his brother in law’s throat.

    Other elements that will benefit from U.S. largesse and advice include Iranian Kurdish nationalists, as well the Ahwazi arabs of south west Iran.  Further afield, operations against Iran’s Hezbollah allies in Lebanon will be stepped up, along with efforts to destabilize the Syrian regime.

    All this costs money, which in turn must be authorized by Congress, or at least a by few witting members of the intelligence committees.  That has not proved a problem.  An initial outlay of $300 million to finance implementation of the finding has been swiftly approved with bipartisan support, apparently regardless of the unpopularity of the current war and the perilous condition of the U.S. economy.

    (boldface mine)

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