The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Bizarroworld Dispatch: Iranian war edition

People are justifiably nervous about the administration's dealings with Iran over the next few years, and Iraq is the reason. The release of the 'Downing Street Memos' was the moment when the long-suspected became documented reality-- the Bushies wanted war, and they were only interested in information that fit their agenda. The result was a war based on bogus 'evidence' that has cost us thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars.

Well, as Bush said during the 200 campaign, you may not agree with him but at least you know where he stands. And he has both feet planted firmly in Bizarroworld.

Two weeks ago, Amir Taheri published an op-ed in Canada's National Post about an Iranian law that forced Jews to wear a yellow stripe. The story, reminiscent of Nazi Germany, quickly provoked outrage, but was just as quickly revealed to be a total fabrication. It also ran in the New York Post.

Apparently this is just the sort of reliable advice that President Bush needs. Yesterday, Taheri had a face-to-face with the President as one of a small group of "experts" on Iraq that visited the White House.

According to Press Secretary Tony Snow, the experts were invited to the White House for their "honest opinions" on Iraq.

Taheri was ostensibly there to discuss Iraq, but the guy only became news-- and garnered an invitation-- after spreading a phony story about Iran that fits perfectly into the BushCo doctrine of spreading democracy and freedom through war.