Despite warnings by Keith Olbermann [ 2 ] about the lies we have been told to offset negative media coverage for the White House and the GOP, media poodles are once again eagerly jumping for unsubstantiated scraps from the White House and the Republican Party.
Pentagon says U.S. ships harassed by Iranians. "In what is being called a serious provocation, Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz," Pentagon officials said. According to one official, "Five small [Iranian] boats were acting in a very aggressive way... and causing our ships to take evasive maneuvers." The AP reports:
"There were no injuries but there very well could have been," he said, adding that the Iranian boats turned away "literally at the very moment that U.S. forces were preparing to open fire" in self defense.
He said he didn't have the precise transcript of communications that passed between the two forces, but the Iranians radioed something to the effect that "we're coming at you and you'll explode in a couple minutes."
UPDATE: A White House statement in response to the incident: "We urge the Iranians to refrain from such provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future." Think Progress
Olbermann describes 13 similar coincidences - a political downturn for the administration like poor results in an election - inevitably followed by a "terror event" - a change in alert status, an arrest, a warning, whatever. Even if this story were true, how are we supposed to believe it, considering the past behavior of the administration?
And shouldn't the story be considered in relation to the offensive US Naval build-up in Gulf that everybody has been denying? [ 1,2,3,4,5 ]
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