When repeated ad nauseam, Big Lies take on a life of their own.
In July, the NYT falsely claimed that “Russia secretly offered (the Taliban) bounties to kill US troops” in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon denied the claim. So did the NSA, saying it had no corroborating intelligence that suggests it. The CIA declined to comment at the time.
What goes around comes around — the same accusation repeated, this time by CNN against Iran, saying:
“US intelligence indicates (that) Iran paid bounties to Taliban for targeting American troops in Afghanistan (sic),” adding:
“(A)t least six attacks (were) carried out…last year…(b)ounties…paid by a foreign government identified to CNN…as Iran (sic).”
“The name of the foreign government that made these payments remains classified” — a clear red flag.
The same US intelligence earlier claimed Russian US election meddling, never providing evidence to corroborate the accusation because none existed then or now.
When accusations aren’t supported by credible proof, they’re groundless.
Iran is the region’s leading proponent of peace, stability, and cooperative relations with other countries, threatening none — except in self-defense if attacked, it legal UN Charter right.
In all US preemptive wars of choice against invented enemies, notably post-9/11, no evidence suggests a foreign nation paid individuals in targeted countries to kill US troops.
Iran hasn’t attacked another nation in centuries. Claiming it paid Taliban fighters or anyone else to target US forces anywhere is unsupported by cold hard facts.
US officials and establishment media specialize in managed news misinformation, disinformation, fake news and Big Lies.
Using CNN as a transmission agent, the Big Lie about Russia paying bounties to the Taliban that died shifted to blaming Iran — same accusation, same fake news, different targeted country.Iran Paid Taliban to Kill US Troops?