The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Crying Wolf over Hyped Iranian Missile Threat

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­By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
July 18, 2012

A week ago, CNN viewers were treated to a classic piece of scaremongering courtesy of former AIPAC staffer Wolf Blitzer, who typifies how Israel’s fifth column in the media manipulates U.S. public opinion in plain sight:

BLITZER: There’s an ominous new warning coming in from the Pentagon. Iran’s missiles are getting more accurate, apparently getting more deadly as well.

Let’s go to our Pentagon correspondent, Chris Lawrence, he’s got the details for us.

What are you learning, Chris?

CHRIS LAWRENCE, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Well, Wolf, Iran’s missiles are getting more accurate, but they may not have to be because they are also getting more deadly. By that I mean they’re developing a new payload system that spreads out the destruction over a wider area than a solid warhead. And you’ve got to remember how many U.S. bases and U.S. ships are in that region.


LAWRENCE (voice-over): Iran’s recent missile test showed off their capabilities. And a new report from the Pentagon confirms it. Iran’s ballistic missiles are more accurate, more versatile and more deadly than ever. The report finds that “Iran may be technically capable of flight-testing an intercontinental ballistic missile by 2015”– the type of missile that could hit the U.S. if it works.

JOHN PIKE, DIRECTOR, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: This is going beyond simply being able to strike at other countries in Iran’s neighborhood.

LAWRENCE: Analyst John Pike says Iran already has missiles that reach more than 600 miles, enough to strike Israel’s eastern border. But the report reveals Iran continues to improve a ballistic missile with a range of nearly 1,300 miles.

PIKE: This will give them the ability to attack a number of European countries of which we give them a degree of political influence in a crisis that they might not otherwise have.

LAWRENCE: The real battle may come on the high seas though. Within the last few weeks, the U.S. Navy has doubled the number of mine sweepers in the region to protect the oil supply moving through the Persian Gulf.

The Pentagon report says Iran is developing short-range missiles that can identify ships at sea and maneuver towards them in mid-flight. And Iran already has a missile that could reach the U.S. if it could put it on a ship and move it to within 600 miles of the American coastline.

PIKE: And if you wonder why it is Iran keeps delaying missile they could shoot at long-range against the United States, I suspect maybe it’s because they’re working on the easier solution: the missile fire from a ship.


LAWRENCE: And officials say that would be difficult to defend against because some of those missiles could fit in a standard cargo container. And, Wolf, there are thousands of ships out there sailing around with those type of containers.

BLITZER: Good stuff. Good information. Thanks very much for that — Chris Lawrence at the Pentagon.

Wolf’s former employers in the Israel lobby no doubt agreed that the “ominous new warning” of a hyped Iranian threat to the supposedly vulnerable American Homeland was “good stuff” too.

Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

July 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Interestingly, every time there is a major war going in the Muslim East, Wolf has moved his desk to Israel. As far as Iranian ballistic missiles are concerned – they do pose a great threat to Israel and the US military bases in the region. Fourteen of these missiles were tested last month as part of 10-day ‘Great Prophet 6′ military drill.


    July 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

  2. If CNN gets away with this kind of reporting, it is a reflection of the ignorance and apathy of the viewers.

    Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

    July 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

  3. True, Soraya. But in their defense, they are bombarded with such undisclosed pro-Israel bias 24/7. How many CNN viewers know that Blitzer worked for AIPAC?

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    July 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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