Thursday, July 31, 2008

Oh, Swell

Seymour Hersh is claiming that Cheney considered a false-flag operation to provoke a war with Iran:

There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up. Might cost some lives.

And it was rejected because you can’t have Americans killing Americans. That’s the kind of — that’s the level of stuff we’re talking about. Provocation. But that was rejected.

The Troofers will be all over that but once again, this is an Operation Northwoods, where the plan was declined because Americans might die. Far from supporting their kooky ideas this specifically debunks them.

Note: I don't know if the underlying story is true; Hersh has a well-established reputation for making strong accusations in speeches and on TV and then much weaker charges in print.