Friday, August 18, 2006

FOX Military Guest Hypes War with Iran

Yesterday morning [8-17-06] Lt. Col. Ralph Peters appeared on FOX & Friends to give his assessment of the recent cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon. The gung-ho ultra-conservative military advisor and author delivered his take on the recent hostilities. In the Colonel's world, all is black-and-white and one doesn't negotiate with bloodthirsty heathens.

At one point Peters departed from the usual script on Hezbollah and Israel and opined that Israel lost the last war. However, he made up for it by dredging up the standard neocon line that Iranians are a bunch of mad dogs with whom we cannot negotiate. Many pundits, including The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh, believe that the attack on Lebanon was a dress rehearsal for a similar assault on Iran. Hersh pointed out in a recent article that his sources told him that the Bush administration knew this past spring about what Israel planned to do.

This comes as no surprise to me. USAID established an active presence in Lebanon beginning in 2002. Hundreds of projects were funded each year.

In 2005 the U. S. Embassy website in Beirut published 260 press releases outlining the various projects paid for with American dollars.

Abruptly, in January of 2006, there were no press releases, and in February and March, there was a total of 13. And after that, nothing.

As I pointed out in an earlier post, the timing of this is curious and lends credence to Hersh's contention that the Bush administration was privy to the Lebanon attack months before they actually occurred.

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