James Clapper, the DNI, pirouetted across the hearing room this week to tell the senate that Iran might, possibly, could be, thinking of doiing something hostile on US soil. This was based on the supposed Iranian plot against the Saudi ambassador. In this plot an Iranian is suposed to have suggested to an Iranian-American used car dealer from Texas that something noisy should be done in the US. The used car dealer contacted a Mexican druggy he knew who happened to be a US government informant. The informant suggested to the used car dealer that maybe the Saudi ambassador could be "offed." Nothing was done to operationalize this fable but the tale has now become the basis for a propaganda theme that holds that Iran is a terrorism threat in the US. Brilliant!
Clapper served this up as a CYA ploy to the senate and Feinstein could be heard in the background jumping up and down chanting Yup! Yup! Yup! Knew it! Knew it! Knew it!
Why did Clapper do this? Well, he needed this to "Balance" the unpleasant necessity of once again telling the senate that the US Intelligence Community collectively still do not have any evidence of a continuing Iranian nuclear weapons program. Nor do they have any evidence that Iran has made a decision to have nuclear weapons. This is not surprising since the Supreme Leader issued a fatwa some years back banning such weapons.
Nevertheless, Israel (Likud) wants to attack Iran. IMO the principal reason they want to do this is to prevent the acquisition by Iran of sufficient military power, possibly nuclear, to challenge Israeli hegemony in the region. IMO. the possibility of actual use is much less of an actual concern among Israelis. After all, Iran would be destroyed, utterly, in the aftermath of such an attack. Anyone who doubts that is not paying attention.
To support Israeli's strategic aims, their propaganda machine is in full operation with continued shading of print media and broadcast "news" to reflect Clapper's CYA rather than the IC's opinion about the non-existence of Iranian nuclear threats.
Today, "Chuck Todd," the hyper ambitious and election besotted commentator had Richard Engel, MSNBC's "Chief Foreign Correspondent" on the air.
TODD: (paraphrasing) Richard, what's this about the threat of Iranian attacks in the US?
ENGEL: Hmm, (mumble, mumble)
TODD: All right, Richard, what are you hearing abut the Iranian threat with nuclear weapons?
ENGEL: (broadcasting from Israel) Well I have heard the following four options that the Iranians have. (He then listed them. They were all posited on the absolutely crazed hostility of the Iranians and none included the US IC's opinion that the Iranians do not have a program. Whose options were these. Engel did not say other anything about that other than that they were the opinions of "experts.")
I SAY THIS IS PROPAAGANDA FOR WAR ON THE PART OF MSNBC< pl