Thursday, January 10, 2008

About those speeding Iranian boats, Charlie

I wonder what Charlie Gibson has to say about this story after he so willingly acted like a propagandist for President Bush?

From ABC News:
Just two days after the U.S. Navy released the eerie video of Iranian speedboats swarming around American warships, which featured a chilling threat in English, the Navy is saying that the voice on the tape could have come from the shore or from another ship. [...]

The Navy never said specifically where the voices came from, but many were left with the impression they had come from the speedboats because of the way the Navy footage was edited.

Today, the spokesperson for the U.S. admiral in charge of the Fifth Fleet clarified to ABC News that the threat may have come from the Iranian boats, or it may have come from somewhere else.

We're saying that we cannot make a direct connection to the boats there," said the spokesperson. "It could have come from the shore, from another ship passing by.
Yipes, I sure am glad Charlie's not in a position to push "the button" based on someone else's hearsay.

UPDATE: Juan Cole has a post that explains this incident in great detail. He said it's looking more and more like a serious error if not a Republican Party fabrication. Imagine that.


Jolly Roger said...

Watching Charlie Gibson is bad for the IQ. I never indulge, as even hallucinogens like LSD do less damage.

abi said...

The interesting thing about these two versions of the threat is that many people will ALWAYS believe that the threat came from the Iranians.

It's like people still believe there were WMD in Iraq and Saddam was behind 9/11. Once the media puts out a story that some people want to believe, you will never convince them otherwise. And this administration is well aware of this phenomenon.

Kathy said...

Jolly, Gibson is the lesser of the evening news evils in my area!

Abi, good point, and it's why the administration takes advantage of that fact.

Lew Scannon said...

Bush wants his war with Iran and doesn't care how deceitful he has to be to get it. He must know that no new administration will ever investigate all the lies and corruption of his administration, since they have not done anything yet.

Kathy said...

Lew, you raise a good point about a new administration not doing anything. That's one reason I don't want Clinton winning the nomination. She won't do anything different from what we're seeing now.