Revealed: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war
- Hi everybody,
This is without comments
- If "many diplomats at the UN assume they are being bugged," the only
dirty trick here is that someone in the European camp is undermining
the Rumsfeld/Rice camp within the Bush administration, which seems to
me a healthy thing.
Note that the article doesn't suggest that anything extraordinary, let
alone violent, is being "informally" suggested; only an
intensification of ordinary means.
The only scandal is that advocates of a muscular inspections regime
(in place of war) can play rough, too, when they don't have good
intelligence resources themselves.
"The operation appears to have been spotted by rival organisations in
Europe. 'The Americans are being very purposeful about this,' said a
source at a European intelligence agency when asked about the US
I bet that source is the leak, too.
The interplay of "rival"s takes place within the intellgence
community, just as it does via press releases. Indeed, the European
source doesn't seem too surprised, by saying that the Americans are
"being very purposeful," as if the point is that the Europeans
*aren't* being very purposeful about this---probably because they
don't have the resources, not because they wouldn't do "rival"
surveillance if they could. So, it's back to press releases, i.e.,
leaks, when you don't have other means of competition.
It's like calling your adversary names, when you don't know what else
- I agree with Gary's sentiment that this is a "good" ie. a
communicationalist phenomenon. It is good that the Powers are busy
"playing games" it is what they are supposed to do. It is still my
hope that out-and-out war can be avoided here; that slow but steady
progress on arms inspections will benefit everyone: the Americans who
won't lose face (because progress is seen to be being made in
response to their gunboat diplomacy tactics); neither will the
Europeans and neither funnily enough will Saddam who may yet redeem
himself as an international figure by raising his game, by disarming
by inches, by manipulating world opinion through creative news
management such as introduction of democratic principles to how Iraq
is governed and gaining international interest in his country through
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