The question comes up again. Did Iran manipulate (or pay) Bush and the neocons to start the Iraq war? Iran was the party with the most to gain.
The Niger forgeries story – along with the Rove/Libby/Cheney stories – might be heading that way. See MORE FROM LA REPUBBLICA…,
The gist of the article is that Iran was an active supporter of the war because the Shiite mullahs in Tehran thought that a Shiite-controlled Iraq would make a better neighbor than Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-controlled secular dictatorship. That’s no big surprise, since Iran and Iraq were not exactly good buddies, but the implication of the Repubblica article is that not only was the Iranian regime cheering from the sidelines, but the U.S. and the Italians were actively seeking their help.
In May, 2004, I wrote about the possibility that Iran duped the Bushies into starting the war,
Jeeze. These stupid, incompetent, ideologically insane, hateful, arrogant, cultish, corrupt, right-wing, ignorant CLUCKS got duped, sold us out, made fools of us, betrayed us, destroyed our honor, besmirched our good name, bankrupted us, sold us up the river, destroyed our reputation, undermined our integrity, and killed thousands.
Yep, sounds like me, doesn’t it?
If you want to start digging into this, try Googling “Iran Iran Niger Ledeen and “Iran Iraq Niger Ledeen Frankin“, or “Iran Iraq Italy Niger forgeries“. And lots at TPM… Good things here and here. And, of course, everything by eRiposte at Left Coaster.