Jan 31, 2007

Pretext, Anyone?

This story -- which gives off the unmistakable scent of bullshit -- has been circulating in Washington since late last week.

I had been wondering when it would appear in the mainstream media. Today, the New York Times picks up on the pretextual meme.

Investigators say they believe that attackers who used American-style uniforms and weapons to infiltrate a secure compound and kill five American soldiers in Karbala on Jan. 20 may have been trained and financed by Iranian agents, according to American and Iraqi officials knowledgeable about the inquiry.

The officials said the sophistication of the attack astonished investigators, who doubt that Iraqis could have carried it out on their own — one reason a connection to Iran is being closely examined. Officials cautioned that no firm conclusions had been drawn and did not reveal any direct evidence of a connection.

A senior Iraqi official said the attackers had carried forged American identity cards and American-style M-4 rifles and had thrown stun grenades of a kind used only by American forces here.

Tying Iran to the deadly attack could be helpful to the Bush administration, which has been engaged in an escalating war of words with Iran.


Echo Epsilon said...


steve said...

oddly enough, when I heard that the attackers were dressed and armed as Americans, I thought, well, maybe they were just another death squad trained and armed by the Americans...

then I thought, oh, that's right, we're not allowed to think such heretical thoughts.

Meatball One said...

You're a quick study, cowboy d'artist.