Neocons Attempting Another Con

They don’t quit. The neocons at National Review — including Stephen Hayes, who will insist on his deathbed that before 9/11 Mohamed Atta did too meet with agents of Saddam Hussein in Prague — now are flogging documents that “reveal” Osama bin Laden had secret ties to Iran.

Yes, and I’m Shirley Temple’s zombie.

If you keep reading the articles, it turns out that these documents say nothing about secret ties to the Iranian government, just that a small number of al Qaeda operatives had been in Iran, somewhere, doing something, including “training.” But for all we know their long-term plans were to set off bombs in Tehran, not attend parties with the ayatollahs.

The documents were among those recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound and were introduced in court in the trial of “a terrorism suspect.” I believe they are referring to Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa, a Canadian national currently on trial in Brooklyn for murdering five U.S. servicemen in Iraq in 2009. However, for some reason, the National Review propagandists are not calling this suspect by name or imagining he has secret ties to Iran. I guess they have no beef with Canada. Yet.

The thrust of all of the National Review‘s articles on this new “evidence” is that the Obama Administration didn’t take the continued threat of Osama bin Laden seriously.

The files do not support the view, promoted by some in the Obama administration, that bin Laden was in “comfortable retirement,” “sidelined,” or “a lion in winter” in the months leading up to his death. On the contrary, bin Laden is asked to give his order on a host of issues, ranging from the handling of money to the movement of terrorist operatives.

Hmm, let’s see — which President was it who declared that Osama bin Laden had been marginalized back in 2002?

And, let’s see, which President actually got the guy? Hmm, it’ll come to me …

Seriously, does the crew at NR assume we all have Alzheimer’s?

From what I saw, at no point in any of this coverage does NR use the words Sunni or Shia. Al Qaeda is a radical Sunni sect opposed to all heretics, which in their minds would include Shia. The government of Iran is controlled by a bunch of strict Shia who consider Sunni militants to be their sworn enemies. The odds that these two are working together now are about the same as the odds that the GOP will throw the 2016 presidential election in favor of Bernie Sanders. Larry Johnson says that about 20 years ago there was a brief movement toward rapprochement between Osama bin Laden and the Shia in Tehran, but that those days are long over, and the two groups are more radically opposed to each other than ever.

Obviously, the neocon crew at NR are up to their old tricks and trying to stampede us into a war with Iran, which men of extended military experience like Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes (cough) think will be just the thing to fix all that misbehavior in the Middle East. They don’t quit. And they don’t learn.

6 thoughts on “Neocons Attempting Another Con

  1. Come to think of it, there is a certain “Shirley Temple-ness” about … just kidding.

    “They don’t quit. And they don’t learn.”

    Our period of time will probably make for some interesting, and required reading for those who make it to the post apocalypse. Of course, the neocons among them will still be insisting that if we had only “stayed the course” it would have brought us to the New American Century, rather than bleak ruin. At least they’ll have plenty of serfs about eager to lessen their pain. For them it will be like one big Mad Max theme park with free admission.

  2. “The thrust of all of the National Review‘s articles on this new “evidence” is that the Obama Administration didn’t take the continued threat of Osama bin Laden seriously.”


  3. The entire Modern Conservative (oxymoron!) now is in its “Terrible Two’s.”
    Saddam did so TOO have WMD’S!
    HE DID!
    America is a Christian nation!
    IT IS! IT IS!!
    Obama’s a Muslim!
    HE IS! HE IS!!!
    There’s no such thing as evolution!

    You are ALL such big, fat wienies!!!
    YOU ARE! YOU ARE!!!!


    FWM, can we put these addled and disturbed children in “Time-Out!!!”

  4. And, let’s see, which President actually got the guy? Hmm, it’ll come to me …

    It was the one who wasn’t raised like you and me.

  5. It’s no wonder Bush was disinterested in killing Bin Laden in 2002. He was much more useful as a live bogeyman to use as an excuse and justification for neocon objectives like invading Iraq.

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