The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) features a "Crisis Guide: Iran." Lies substitute for truth. A nonbelligerent nation is maliciously maligned. "(T)he Islamic Republic".threaten(s) the region's balance of power," claims CFR. No proof whatever suggests it.
"Iran's support for militant groups, combined with its pursuit of a nuclear program, has aggravated relations with countries in the region and the West."
CFR and other imperial supporters build their case for war on a foundation of lies and suppressed truth.
Iran's support for Hamas and Hezbollah are "tools to project influence (and create) hostility (with) Israel" and America's regional allies. Its nuclear program "generate(s) concern among experts."
Options CFR endorses include sanctions, covert action, and preventive strikes. Diplomacy is mentioned but gets short shrift.
CFR's Robert Danin says "Lebanon Erupts, Syria Boils"." Let's have another war and cool things down.
Foreign Policy (FP) contributor Gary Gambill headlines "Two Cheers for Syrian Islamists." Jeffersonians they're not but who cares. It's reminiscent of Franklin Roosevelt's remark about Nicaragua's Anastasio Somoza, saying:
He "may be a son of a b*tch, but he's our son of a b*tch."
Gambill calls Islamic militants vital for US interests. They're willing proxies. They're battle hardened. They're better fighters than secular counterparts. They willingly perform suicide bombings.
They're "strategically preferable" to Assad. How they terrorize Syrian civilians doesn't matter. Establishing another regional puppet state is all that counts.
They're needed to defeat Iran. The Islamic Republic "constitutes a far greater and more immediate threat to US national interests."
"So long as".jihadis are committed to fighting (as US proxies), we should quietly root for them"."
Weeks ago, hawkish American Enterprise Institute's Danielle Pletka urged more direct US help for Syria, saying:
"Washington must stop subcontracting Syria policy to the Turks, Saudis and Qataris." It's time for direct involvement.
On August 31, Foreign Policy (FP) contributor James Traub headlined "The Time for Action," saying:
More active US intervention is needed to oust Assad. The "moral case" for doing so is "incontrovertible." A no-fly zone "could turn the tide." So might safe havens.