Joseph Lieberman is having a nervous breakdown because the United States has not — yet — started bombing Iran. In today’s Opinion Journal (where else?) Lieberman states as fact — with, needless to say, not one shred of evidence or support other than the statements of one military official — that Hezbollah, at Iran’s behest, is training Iraqis to kill Americans in Iraq; and that the Quds Force is instructing Iraqi insurgents — in groups of 60 at a time — in the use of mortars, rockets, and IEDs to kill American servicemen and women.
Based on the interrogation of captured extremist leaders–including a 24-year veteran of Hezbollah, apparently dispatched to Iraq by his patrons in Tehran–Gen. Bergner also reported on Monday that the U.S. military has concluded that “the senior leadership” in Iran is aware of these terrorist activities. He said it is “hard to imagine” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei–Iran’s supreme leader–does not know of them.
So Gen. Bergner has “concluded” — based on
interrogation the use of enhanced interrogation techniques torture to extract confirmation of what he already believed to be true — that Iran’s “senior leadership” knows about “these terrorist activities.” Still, despite what Bergner “has concluded,” Bergner can still say that he finds it “hard to imagine” that Iran’s top cleric “does not know of” these terrorist activities.
Why does Bergner even have to attempt imagining? Why does “imagining” even come up at all, when these “captured extremist leaders” have told him that Iran’s senior leadership knows about said terrorist activities?
But wait– maybe they haven’t told Bergner that, at all. Take another look at Lieberman’s words, parsed with such incredible care:
Based on the interrogation of captured extremist leaders–including a 24-year veteran of Hezbollah, apparently dispatched to Iraq by his patrons in Tehran–Gen. Bergner also reported on Monday that the U.S. military has concluded that “the senior leadership” in Iran is aware of these terrorist activities. …
Translation: The “captured Islamist extremists” did not tell their interrogators that Iran’s senior leadership “is aware of these terrorist activities.” Bergner “concluded” that Iran’s senior leadership knows, “based on” whatever the detainees did say, or maybe “based on” nothing at all: maybe Bergner just heard what he wanted to hear.
Aside from anything else, how insulting is it that Lieberman gets prime space in the nation’s premier financial newspaper to beat the drum for war with Iran without even a token effort to prove or even support his argument.
Then again, maybe his contempt for truth or facts or evidence makes sense, since so many people lack the ability to think for themselves, or to question what an authority figure tells them. If proof is needed, just take a look at the hook, line, and sinker buried in the gullets of the usual suspects on the right.