Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Is the Washington Post Passing on Bush Administration Propaganda?

Eschaton caught The Washington Post rewriting the story of an American attack on the Iraqi city of Diwaniya to promote the Bush Administration's propaganda that the EFPs are coming from Iran.

This is the original paragraph from the Reuters newsfeed,

“Bleichwehl said troops, facing scattered resistance, discovered a factory that produced ‘explosively formed penetrators’ (EFPs), a particularly deadly type of explosive that can destroy a main battle tank and several weapons caches.”
which was quickly changed to:
“The U.S. military said two U.S. soldiers died in separate roadside bombings in the east and west of Baghdad on Friday.

One of the bombs was an explosively formed projectile, a particularly deadly type of device which Washington accuses Iran of supplying Iraqi militants.”

The propaganda inserted (in red) pertains to our government's claim that these EFPs must have been supplied by Iran because of their sophistication as Michael R. Gordon from the New York Times asserts in his article February 10, 2007,

...According to American intelligence, Iran has excelled in developing this type of bomb and has provided similar technology to Hezbollah. The manufacture of the key metal components required sophisticated machinery, raw material and expertise that American intelligence agencies do not believe can be found in Iraq."

But, as the Agonist maps out, there was no mention of Iran from American military in 2006 concerning the EFPs.

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