It's a little long. A Little? Oh well, Seymour Hersh makes the read worth while.
On the first page-
Flynt Leverett, a former Bush Administration National Security Council official, told me that “there is nothing coincidental or ironic” about the new strategy with regard to Iraq. “The Administration is trying to make a case that Iran is more dangerous and more provocative than the Sunni insurgents to American interests in Iraq, when—if you look at the actual casualty numbers—the punishment inflicted on America by the Sunnis is greater by an order of magnitude,” Leverett said. “This is all part of the campaign of provocative steps to increase the pressure on Iran. The idea is that at some point the Iranians will respond and then the Administration will have an open door to strike at them.”
In politics, nothing is coincidence and if it were then it would fit into the plan and be explained away as another indication of the intended precluded result. It is intentional- it is on purpose. The strategy of deception, also the name of a book by Paul Virilio, is the blanket of secrecy that must shroud all our true intentions. The blame game is a critical tool of oppressors who with such inconveniences as the Nuremburg and constitutions these people have signed in the past. Damn nuisances to hegemonic imperialist ideals.
Looks like once again, this administration is fixated on its formula for success. Typical of them to stick to tried and tested scenarios to depict alternat truths. Deception through redirection- decoying, distraction and disinformation- has always been the way. But it is up to the receiver of this classic deceptive strategy to decide on who is telling the truth, when the objective is to hide it from all sides! With the right spin- you always win.
Disappointment and disillusionment can be turned any way it helps the formula.
Perhaps when its all over it will be said once again that- "Never was expectation more completely deceived" (James Mill-1817).