December 20, 2011
It looks like the war pigs are about to pull another Iraq. In the orchestrated lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a cabal of neocons and fellow travelers in the Pentagon contrived a number of lies – later explained away as “intelligence failures” – in order to fabricate a consensus for mass murder.
The Bush neocons exploited the fantasies offered by Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, aka “Curveball,” a taxi driver who claimed to be an Iraqi chemical engineer with information on Saddam’s supposed chemical weapons program. It turned out al-Janabi was a drunken congenital liar who was trying to play the system to get a green card. Following the invasion and revelations that Curveball was a fake, the Bush administration blamed the CIA.
Fast-forward to 2011. Iran is in the crosshairs – part of the ambitious plan to take out seven countries in five years (the war pigs are behind schedule) – and the transparently obvious fabrications for war are being hastily refried at the highest levels of government.
“Iraq had Ahmed Chalabi, Iyad Allawi and the informant Curveball selling fairy stories,” writes Felicity Arbuthnot. “Iran has Vyacheslav Danilenko, an expert in nanodiamonds, apparently doubling as a nuclear weapons expert, along with a plethora of unidentified spokespeople for ‘member states.’ Hardly rigid verifiable scholarship.”
The latest IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear program repeated the sensational claim previously reported by news media all over the world that a former Soviet nuclear weapons scientist had helped Iran construct a detonation system that could be used for a nuclear weapon, writes Gareth Porter. The Russian scientist is question is Danilenko, who is actually Ukrainian.