[Bad as the misinformation was, worse was Bush’s use of it to add to threats against Iran. The next president will have a good bit of junk to clear away to make peace in the Middle East.  Ed Kent]

Official Version of Naval Incident Starts to Unravel
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011108J.shtml
Gareth Porter reports for Inter Press Service, “Despite the official and media portrayal of the incident in the Strait of Hormuz early Monday morning as a serious threat to US ships from Iranian speedboats that nearly resulted in a ‘battle at sea,’ new information over the past three days suggests that the incident did not involve such a threat and that no US commander was on the verge of firing at the Iranian boats.”

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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