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Iran Foto Fakeout


Arrived at work this morning to have our photo editor tell me that the pic we ran of the Iran missile launch — the one showing four missiles going up atop plumes of flame and smoke — is a fake. The internet seems to agree.

That darned Revolutionary Guard. Well, at least we didn’t run it across five columns above the fold, like a certain national newspaper, along with the LA Times and countless others.

INSTA-UPDATE: AFP has retracted the photo.

MORE: It appears that the doctoring was done to cover up a missile misfire. According to Mark Fitzpatrick of the US State Department, “This is typical of Iran to exaggerate the accomplishments of the missiles and its nuclear programme.””

Right. The US has never faked results of missile tests.

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  1. Advice to US: Get better spies in Iran.
    Advice to Iran: Improve Photoshop skills.

  2. Great followup, I wasn’t aware of the official response to this yet. Also liked the faked-us-missile link ;)

  3. What is a state like Iran supposed to do? The United States and the Bush administration have been threatening Iran for years with its foreign policy and its rhetoric. Of course Iran is trying to look strong. What we need to do now is back off and leave Iran an honorable path of retreat (Colin Powell, Craft of Diplomacy, 2004).

    Bush and his cronies say they want peace and diplomacy, but the problem with the members of Bush administration is that you can’t trust them. You can’t take what they at face value.

    “I believe President Bush is going to order air strikes (on Iran) before he leaves office”
    -Norman Podhoretz (Lyons, 2007).

    As former Nixon aide John W. Dean wrote, “George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have created the most secretive presidency of my lifetime. Their secrecy is far worse than during Watergate” (quoted in Wittkopf and Jones, 2008, 329).

    The administration secretly planned and prepared for war with Iraq without disclosing it to the general public. Planning began in November of 2001 and included upgrading airfields in various Gulf countries, moving supplies to the region and the construction of necessary facilities. By April 2002, the planning and preparation for war was also being hidden from Congress. Bush had instructed General Tommy Franks not to make financial requests through Washington. “Anything you need, you’ll have.” The money would no longer be appropriated through congress. By the end of July 2002, Bush had approved more than thirty projects totaling over $700 million. Congress had no knowledge or involvement (Woodward, 2004, 122).

    In December of 2002, Bush and Rumsfeld agreed to start secretly deploying troops into the theatre so as not to attract the attention of the press or the rest of the world. The first deployment order went out on December 6, 2002 and deployments continued every two weeks or so thereafter. Troops were given less than a week’s notice at times. In January 2003, the Bush administration arranged for much of its humanitarian relief to be disguised as general contributions to conceal its war planning from the NGO recipients. Yet, when asked about Iraq, Bush’s favorite response was “I have no war plans on my desk.” At one point or another after the planning began, nearly every member of the administration publicly denied any plans to go to war with Iraq (Woodward, 2004, 129).

    A better approach to Iran would be negotiations. While Fareed Zakaria agrees that there is no reason not to use sanctions and embargoes against states such as Iran, he suggests that we also need to “allow a viable way out.” That is to say, we need to negotiate and not merely mandate.

  4. We should leave Iran an honorable path of retreat. Engaging Iran in the global economy is the only approach that has merit.

    Regardless of Iran’s size however, we should be careful what we assume about Iran; it has some ten million men of military age.

    Puor bien savoir les choses, il en faut savoir le detail, et comme il est presque infini, nos connaissances sont toujours superficielles et imparfaites.

    Unfortunately, what we do know is that the Bush administration cannot be trusted to do what it says. Iraq taught us that lesson. Many experts have long been predicting that Bush would invade Iran before he leaves office. But of course, the Bush administration would never admit to such a thing.

    “On ne donne rien si liberalement que ses conseils.”

    But it is the man who follows his own counsel, he’s the one that should lead.

  5. sigh.

    …maybe they lost them, or something.

    (Could have been a WMD.)

    …sorry; I can’t help it. Levity is my specialty, amidst complete insanity. Sigh.