George W. Bush is so hell-bent on a major confrontation with Iran before he leaves the White House that his administration had the Pentagon plant a false story about the January 6 Strait of Hormuz incident. But the decision to treat this incident as ‘evidence of an Iranian threat’ reveals a major chasm between the interests of Bush and Company and navy officials in the Gulf:
WASHINGTON – Senior Pentagon officials, evidently reflecting a broader administration policy decision, used an off-the-record Pentagon briefing to turn the January 6 US-Iranian incident in the Strait of Hormuz into a sensational story demonstrating Iran’s military aggressiveness, a reconstruction of the events following the incident shows.The initial press stories on the incident, all of which can be traced to a briefing by deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs in charge of media operations, Bryan Whitman, contained similar information that has since been repudiated by the navy itself.
Then the navy disseminated a short video into which was spliced the audio of a phone call warning that US warships would “explode” in “a few seconds”. Although it was ostensibly a navy production, Inter Press Service (IPS) has learned that the ultimate decision on its content was made by top officials of the Defense Department.