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  1. Iran Coverage Neoconservative Michael Ledeen Leaves American Enterprise Institute | August 16, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

    […] Michael Ledeen has been pushing war on Iran for a very long time and was an enthusiastic advocate of the Iraq war.  Before the Iraq war, he said: One can only hope that we turn the region into a cauldron, and faster, please. If ever there were a region that richly deserved being cauldronized, it is the Middle East today. […]

  2. Iran Coverage The Iranians Are Coming! Anniversary of Michael Ledeen Warnings Coming Up | November 1, 2008 @ 7:57 am

    […] Dire warnings from Michael Ledeen’s 2003 article.  Ledeen still appears on cable TV and gives conferences as an “Iran expert” even though he doesn’t speak the language, has never been to Iran, and can’t ever seem to get anything right. […]

More of Ledeen’s Lies

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Nima Milaninia points to another lie in Iran war-pusher Michael Ledeen’s new book—”The Iranian Time Bomb.” According to Milaninia Ledeen attempts to connect Iran to 9/11:

“the relationship between Iran and al Qaeda over the years has been so close that it is difficult today not to conclude that Iran was involved in the 9/11 attacks.”

This is a barefaced lie.

Iran’s Shi’i (and mostly Persian) identity is irreconcilable with al Qaeda’s Wahhabi Sunni roots. Iran and the Taliban—who were hosting al Qaeda—nearly fought a war in the 1998 for the murder of Iranian diplomats in Afghanistan (the Taliban was supported by US allies Pakistan and Saudi Arabia). The so called al Qaeda in Iraq has also threatened war on Iran. One is left to wonder why Ledeen decided to write his book after over six years have passed since 9/11.

Milaninia also points to a list of Ledeen’s past deceptions about Iran:

…Ledeen is notoriously known for manipulating details about Iran’s nuclear program and government in order to make Iran appear as a more visible threat. On October 14, 2003, Ledeen wrote in his column in the National Review that Iran would detonate a nuclear bomb in November 4 or 5, 2003 in celebration of the hostage crisis. Similarly, on January 4, 2007, Ledeen fabricated on a public blog that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had died. Moreover, on Fox News Ledeen lied about not supporting military action against Iraq in preference to war with Iran. Ledeen also believed that Iran is the main backer of the insurgency in Iraq and even supported the al-Qaida network formerly led by al-Zarqawi despite its declaration of jihad against Shi’ite Muslims. And lets not forget how Ledeen recently stated on the Jerry Doyle show that around 60% of Iranians in Iran support a full blown US invasion into Iran.

Ledeen’s other lies have also been noted on this site, quoting Glen Greenwald:

His central argument, repeated over and over and now a staple in neoconservative mythology, is that Iran has been at war with the U.S. continuously ever since 1979. We just haven’t fought back yet.

Yet Ledeen played a central role in brokering the sale by Israel to Iran of highly advanced weapons as part of the Reagan administration’s Iran-contra shenanigans in the 1980s. A military confrontation with Iran would likely subject U.S. troops to attack from the very same nasty weapons which Ledeen and his friends provided to Iran during a time when, Ledeen and neoconservatives now insist, Iran was waging war on the U.S. As Scott Lemieux, among many others, has noted, providing arms to a country “waging war against the U.S.” — as Ledeen did with Iran in the 1980s if his central premise is to be believed — is called treason.

Ledeen is also on record for making such abhorrent statements as:

One can only hope that we turn the region into a cauldron, and faster, please. If ever there were a region that richly deserved being cauldronized, it is the Middle East today.

With the American Enterprise Institute, Ledeen hosted a conference where he advocated partitioning Iran. The website erroneously states:

Of particular importance is the fact that although Iran is made up of various ethnic and religious groups, few realize that Persians likely constitute a minority of the Iranian population. The majority is composed of Azerbaijanis, Kurds, Baluchis, Turkmen, and the Arabs of Khuzistan / al-ahwaz. In the event the current regime falls, these groups will undoubtedly play an important role in their country’s future.

As Milaninia aptly observes:

…he [Ledeen] has never been to Iran, nor has an academic background in the area, nor does he speak farsi, he is classified as an “expert” by conservative media outlets like Fox News, and even some Iranians in the United States, including Amir Abbas Fakhravar, particularly those who support regime change.

Considering the abysmal misfortune that charlatans like Ledeen have brought to the region—and to the US economy and standing in the world, it is astonishing how such fraudulent voices continue to receive a platform to push their agendas.

Irancove @ October 21, 2007

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