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Fox News' Sean Hannity Hypes War with Iran. Bill Clinton Claims Right Wingers Feigned Outrage Over MoveOn.org Ad.

Reported by Marie Therese - September 30, 2007 -

(Updated with new stories.)

FOX News and, especially, Sean Hannity of "Hannity and Colmes," have ratcheted up the rhetoric about going to war with Iran despite the fact that Army Chief of Staff General George Casey and Army Secretary Pete Geren faced a barrage of questions from members of the House Armed Services Committee. Concerned members of the Committee noted that the Army was standing "on the edge of a cliff" and was "exhausted." Meanwhile Hannity (who never served a day in the military) and others at FOX News relentlessly beat the drums for a war with Iran. The complete story of the Congressional hearing can be found below. While Sean Hannity and others at FOX News warmonger, there is another side to the story, which FOX News skims over in its mad rush to get the United States embroiled in another Middle East conflict. While Brit Hume and his All-Star Panel waste air time pretending to be surprised that liberals think that war with Iran is imminent, overseas media outlets are filled with stories about how the United States is racing towards war with Iran. YNet News and U.K Guardian are just two major sources that have printed stories echoing what FOX News is saying about war with Iran. You can read them below and much, much more.

Casey: Army strained by current demands. Chief of staff describes force as ‘out of balance’ in Capitol Hill testimony

Army Times

Describing the Army as standing “on the edge of a cliff,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Ike Skelton probed the Army’s top leaders Wednesday on Capitol Hill on their plans to keep the Army together as it heads into its seventh year at war. Skelton, who held the hearing at the request of Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and Army Secretary Pete Geren, beseeched the two officials to be forthcoming in what they will need to rebuild the Army, take care of families and the wounded and give deploying soldiers the training, equipment and installations they need. “The Army’s people are exhausted by repeated combat rotations and your equipment is worn,” Skelton said, warning of the strategic risk posed by an Army that may not be able to react effectively to another world crisis.


Report: US wants war with Iran

YNet News

Senior intelligence source tells Sunday Telegraph most defense officials believe diplomacy failing, White House likely fine-tuning escalation program to lead to military confrontation with Iran The United States Department of Defense has developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran, the Sunday Telegraph reported.According to the report, senior CIA and US defense officials believe that the White House was taking steps to ensure military confrontation with Iran, for fear that diplomatic efforts to slow the country’s nuclear weapons program are doomed to fail.


Bush setting America up for war with Iran

The Telegraph

Senior American intelligence and defence officials believe that President George W Bush and his inner circle are taking steps to place America on the path to war with Iran, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. Pentagon planners have developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran, amid growing fears among serving officers that diplomatic efforts to slow Iran's nuclear weapons programme are doomed to fail. Pentagon and CIA officers say they believe that the White House has begun a carefully calibrated programme of escalation that could lead to a military showdown with Iran. In a chilling scenario of how war might come, a senior intelligence officer warned that public denunciation of Iranian meddling in Iraq - arming and training militants - would lead to cross border raids on Iranian training camps and bomb factories.


And not to be outdone by FOX News and the overseas media, Vice President Dick "Darth" Cheney is reported to have urged Israel to attack Iran so the United States can enter the war as its ally.

Cheney mulled Israeli strike on Iran


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney had at one point considered asking Israel to launch limited missile strikes at an Iranian nuclear site to provoke a retaliation, Newsweek magazine reported on Sunday. The news comes amid reports that Israel launched an air strike against Syria this month over a suspected nuclear site. Citing two unidentified sources, Newsweek said former Cheney Middle East adviser David Wurmser told a small group several months ago that Cheney was considering asking Israel to strike the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz. A military response by Iran could give Washington an excuse to then launch airstrikes of its own, Newsweek said.


Iran: The Ticking Bomb." FOX News Documentary


Dan Senor, the guy who was next in charge behind L.Paul Bremer in Iraq several years ago, and now is a Fox News contributor, is the honcho behind a FOX News special re going to war with Iran. This is what the Fox News press release says about its slick call to war:

"Iran: The Ticking Bomb," a FOX News documentary exploring Iran's support of global terrorism, its pursuit of nuclear weapons and its proxy war with the United States, aired Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET and will be repeated Sunday Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. ET on the FOX News Channel.

What warmongers like Dick Cheney, Sean Hannity and FOX News have not taken into consideration is a chilling story about Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the premiere Army Medical Center.

Whether or not we go to war with Iran, Walter Reed is faced with staff shortages and desperately needs improvements in long term care for the wounded.

Report Says Fixes Slow To Come at Walter Reed

Washington Post

More than half a year after disclosures of systemic problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals, the Pentagon's promised fixes are threatened by staff shortages and uncertainty about how best to improve long-term care for wounded troops, according to a congressional report issued yesterday. Army units developed to shepherd recovering soldiers lack enough nurses and social workers, and proposals to streamline the military's disability evaluation system and to provide "recovery coordinators" are behind schedule, according to the Government Accountability Office report.


There are other indications the Bush White House and its parrot, FOX News, are preparing Americans for war with Iran.

President Bush claims that $50 BILLION more is needed for the war in Iraq, to replenish worn out military equipment and the purchase of new troop-carrying vehicles designed to withstand explosive attack. However some military experts wonder if that money has been earmarked for the next war in the neocon agenda.

Bush Asks for $50 Billion More for Wars: Gates says $190 billion is needed for armored vehicles, refurbished gear


WASHINGTON - President Bush and Congress are headed toward another showdown on war spending, this time sparring over nearly $190 billion the Pentagon said is needed to keep combat in Iraq afloat for another year.


It took former President Bill Clinton to state what all the Democratic candidates haven't had the guts to say about the MoveOn.org ad that stirred up so much fake outrage from FOX News anchors Brit Hume, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, John Gibson and virtually every right wing pundit who could get their face on FOX News. While appearing on CNN with Anderson Cooper, Clinton talked about the contortions indulged in by FOX News anchors and pundits in an effort to smear the liberal PAC.

Clinton rips right wing for ‘feigned outrage’ over MoveOn ad.

Think Progress

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, President Bill Clinton said there was something “completely disingenuous about the feigned outrage” from conservatives over the MoveOn ad. Clinton noted that many of the same conservatives who expressed outrage had likened Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA), a triple amputee from the Vietnam War to Osama bin Laden and had smeared Sen. John Kerry’s (D-MA) war record. He added: "It was just bait and switch. It was just, oh thank goodness, I can take this little word here and ignore what we’ve done in Iraq and what we’re gonna do — and the outrageous way we gained political power by smearing John Kerry and Max Cleland." President Clinton could have also added how FOX News has continually mis-characterized Rep. John Murtha's remarks about the Iraq War. Murtha is a decorated Vietnam veteran.


The stories below was added between 8:50 PM and 9:28 PM EDT, September 30, 2007.

Petraeus Admits to Rise in Iraq Violence

www.truthout.org (includes video)

Baghdad - Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, acknowledged today that violence had increased since Sunni Arab militants declared an offensive during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"Certainly Al Qaeda has had its Ramadan surge," Petraeus said in his first comments to reporters since he returned from Washington to give lawmakers a status report on the war in Iraq. But he said the level of attacks was "substantially lower" than during the same period last year.

The Army general said he saw no need to revise the projections he presented to Congress this month for a gradual withdrawal of the additional forces deployed to Iraq as part of the troop buildup. He did not provide figures.


Bolton calls for bombing of Iran

The Guardian

John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, told Tory delegates today that efforts by the UK and the EU to negotiate with Iran had failed and that he saw no alternative to a pre-emptive strike on suspected nuclear facilities in the country.


I hate all Iranians, US aide tells MPs

The Sunday Mail

Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America's stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President Bush's senior women officials: "I hate all Iranians."

And she also accused Britain of "dismantling" the Anglo-US-led coalition in Iraq by pulling troops out of Basra too soon.

The all-party group of MPs say Debra Cagan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs to Defence Secretary Robert Gates, made the comments this month.


And, lastly, everything old is new again ...

What If They Gave a War and Nobody Came?