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Echoing Pre-Iraq War Disinformation Campaign, Bush Now Targets Iran Interview with retire

Interview with retired U.S. Army Reserve Col. Ann Wright, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Echoing Pre-Iraq War Disinformation Campaign, Bush Now Targets Iran

Interview with retired U.S. Army Reserve Col. Ann Wright, conducted by Scott Harris

While the brutal civil war in Iraq daily claims scores of Iraqi and U.S. lives, President Bush seems ever more focused on further escalating threats against the government of Iran. President Bush's announcement that American soldiers are now under orders to capture or kill Iranian operatives inside Iraq that the administration claims are aiding Shiite militias targeting U.S. forces follows other troubling signs that a new war might be close at hand. While U.S. pressure on Iran to end their nuclear program has thus far failed to reverse Tehran's policy, the White House has arrested Iranian diplomats inside Iraq and dispatched a third aircraft carrier group off the Iranian coast.

On Feb. 11, anonymous U.S. military officials presented examples of explosively formed penetrator bombs that they maintain is evidence Iran is supplying these weapons to Shiite groups inside Iraq who are attacking U.S. soldiers. But many observers, and even a top U.S. general, are labeling these claims as dubious. Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that he "would not say" that Iran's leadership was aware of or condoned the attacks.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ann Wright, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve who resigned from the U.S. Foreign Service in protest of the Iraq war on March 19, 2003. She examines what she believes would be the dire consequences for the U.S. and the Middle East if President Bush decides to launch a war against Iran and explains why she has appealed to U.S. military personnel to disobey what she believes would be unlawful orders to attack Iran.

Ann Wright is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and 20-year U.S. Army veteran. Read her article titled "An Appeal to Conscience to Those Who Would Bomb Iran". Related links:


"Skeptics Doubt U.S. Evidence on Iran Action in Iraq"by Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, Feb. 12, 2007

"The Anonymous Briefing on Iran's Weapons," by Ruth Conniff, The Progressive.org, Feb. 12, 2007

"Bush Attempts to Link Iran with Growing Iraq War Chaos," Interview with Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,produced by Scott Harris, Between The Lines Week Ending Feb. 16, 2007

"Former U.N. Weapons Inspector Declares President Bush Now Plans War Against Iran," Interview with former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines week ending Nov. 11, 2006

"Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran," video of talk by former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, Sept. 17, 2005, in New Haven, CT

"White House is Shaping Public Opinion for a Future Confrontation with Iran," Interview with Norman Solomon, author and columnist, conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines week ending Aug. 19, 2005

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getting scary now 18.Feb.2007 10:10

rAT

They just sent the mega-aircraft carrier (over 1000 feet) Stennis to the straits of Hormuz. It has 5,000 US personnel and eighty planes. It's leading a convoy of destroyers, etc. The stage is being set for inevitable conflict. The Pentagon thinks it can 'shock and awe" Iran the way it did Iraq. But they'll have to give it more than a Dresden-style carpet bombing to do so. Big problem is that a lot of Iran is heavily mountainous, with dug-in missile emplacements that could require nuclear 'bunker busters'. So get set for a showdown. Remember, Iran has advanced Russian missiles compliments of Vladmir Putin, and they can supposedly take out large warships. They also have modern attack submarines. Pity the US servicemen being set up for a staged fall. A Gulf of Tonkin replay, only this time with hundreds of casualties to make sure the public gets angry enough to support this phase of World Domination by the USA. Scary developments indeed. PS- Can you spell $5 a gallon gasoline by Spring? It's possible if the Straits are mined, or become a theatre of conflict. It's happened before.