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Think the Real Story Is About Columbia University? Think Again.

Reported by Marie Therese - September 23, 2007 -

For the past week, FOX News has engaged in a full-court press to force Columbia University to rescind its invitation to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at the World Leader's Forum. For example, using snide commentary, rabid end-time Christians masquerading as "middle east experts," former alumni of Columbia, false analogies to ROTC and the Minutemen, etc. the crew on the 9-22-07 edition of FOX & Friends Weekend participated in a series of hit pieces designed to inflame a massive campaign to strong-arm Columbia's President Lee Bollinger into canceling the appearance. Contrary to last year, when a similar campaign induced him to rescind the invitation, this year Bollinger appears to be holding steady to his commitment to allow Columbia's students to hear and to question Iran's controversial President. However, the furor over Columbia's invitation might be a diversionary tactic. With video.

As you can see from the videos below, FOX News is committed to proving that it still has the power to force a major University to bend to the will of a small group of radical right wingers desperately afraid of allowing the duly-elected President of a sovereign nation to speak at an American university.

Dean John Coatsworth of the Columbia School of International & Public Affairs was speaking about Hitler PRIOR to World War II. In fact, in 1933 Columbia University invited Germany's Ambassador to the United States, Hans Luther, to speak on campus, something the logically challenged right-wingers have jumped on as proof positive that Columbia actively supports Nazis!

Let us all remember that in the months prior to the 9-11 attacks, the United States government wined and dined Taliban leaders, hoping to achieve approval of a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan. Does that mean that the Bush administration are still supporters of the Taliban?

However, the real story may not be Ahmadinejad's visit.

According to the FOXNews.com report excerpted below, the Bush administration is still actively seeking to bomb Iran through a plan called "Project Checkmate." This story has not been covered extensively on FOX News Channel.

From FOXNews.com, September 23, 2007:

As New York braces for the arrival of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the U.S. military may be ramping up plans to prepare for any potential attack on the rogue state seeking nuclear power.

The Sunday Times reports that the Air Force has set up a highly confidential strategic planning group tasked with “fighting the next war” as tensions rise with Iran.

Project Checkmate, a successor to the group that planned the 1991 Gulf War’s air campaign, was quietly reestablished at the Pentagon in June, according to the report.

It reports directly to Air Force General Michael Moseley and consists of 20-30 top air force officers and defense and cyberspace experts with ready access to the White House, the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

Detailed contingency planning for a possible attack on Iran has been carried out for more than two years by Centcom (U.S. central command), according to defense sources.

Checkmate’s job is to add a dash of brilliance to Air Force thinking by countering the military’s tendency to “fight the last war” and by providing innovative strategies for warfighting and assessing future needs for air, space and cyberwarfare.

It is led by Brigadier-General Lawrence “Stutz” Stutzriem, who is considered one of the brightest Air Force generals. He is assisted by Dr Lani Kass, a former Israeli military officer and expert on cyberwarfare.

Here is what FOXNews.com did NOT include in its report.

From The Sunday Times, September 23, 2007:

Bush still hopes to isolate Iran diplomatically, but believes the regime is moving steadily closer to obtaining nuclear weapons while the security council bickers.

The US president faces strong opposition to military action, however, within his own joint chiefs of staff. “None of them think it is a good idea, but they will do it if they are told to,” said a senior defence source.

General John Abizaid, the former Centcom commander, said last week: “Every effort should be made to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but failing that, the world could live with a nuclear-armed Iran.”

Critics fear Abizaid has lost sight of Iran’s potential to arm militant groups such as Hezbollah with nuclear weapons. “You can deter Iran, but there is no strategy against nuclear terrorism,” said the retired air force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney of the Iran policy committee.

“There is no question that we can take out Iran. The problem is the follow-on, the velvet revolution that needs to be created so the Iranian people know it’s not aimed at them, but at the Iranian regime.”

Both FOX News Channel and The Sunday Times are owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

In the following clips you'll see how FOX News builds hysteria among its viewers. These segments from Saturday's FOX & Friends Weekend occurred over a 90 minute period. Extend that over days and days and it becomes a study in modern media brainwashing techniques.