I'm a diplomat. I failed flight school.
Anyway, so. In The AIPAC kerfuffle, an opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post, one reads:
We are told that the FBI has been investigating Franklin for a year, giving the impression of heft to the story. But as our news pages reveal today, the two AIPAC staffers who are the supposed conduits for Franklin's information have not even been interviewed by the FBI.
Of course, one can also read, in the Knight-Ridder article FBI espionage probe goes beyond Israeli allegations, sources say:
Two or three staff members of AIPAC have been interviewed in connection with the case.
Mind you, both statements might be true; the "two or three staff members" interviewed might not be "the two AIPAC staffers who are the supposed conduits for Franklin's information," after all.
Not that this nit-picking will make even the slightest amount of sense if you're not familiar with what's being termed Iran-Contra II?
On Friday evening, CBS News reported that the FBI is investigating a suspected mole in the Department of Defense who allegedly passed to Israel, via a pro-Israeli lobbying organization, classified American intelligence about Iran. The focus of the investigation, according to U.S. government officials, is Larry Franklin, a veteran Defense Intelligence Agency Iran analyst now working in the office of the Pentagon's number three civilian official, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith.
The article itself is required reading if you'd like to follow this, but you maybe wanna avoid commentary on it. Unless you have a fairly high threshold for both anti-semitism and bogus charges of anti-semitism.
I'd add my own take on all this, but, y'know, hiatus. Also, jury duty tomorrow. I mean, if Oprah can do it. . .
The Coalition for Democracy in Iran (CDI)
has beenwas formed to mobilize the efforts ofgroups and individuals across the United States, including Iranian-Americans, whoin support of the aspirations of the Iranian people for democracy and respect forhuman rights in Iran. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, there is an even greater urgency to focusin focusing the attention of the U.S. public opinionand thepolicy makers on the real agenda of the Iranian regime. If[J]udged by actions rather than bywords, the battle between thereformers and thehardliners appears only to bea myth, albeit one thatwhich has resulted in conflicting signals from Washington. On the vital issues of support for terrorism and development forof weapons of mass destruction, the Islamic Republic tolerates no dissent ion.
You can read that Purpose Statement without my edits, for a start. And marvel at the background image they're using; I'd swear I remember that from some of the first sites I visited in Mosaic at U of I way back in the day.
Um, and you probably don't wanna view the source of the page. It's a mess in there, and this is me saying that.
But once you get past the horrible prose, poor design and crap coding. . . well, I couldn't, so if you do, could you write a brief summary for me? Thanks, you're a peach.
Later, I'll explain that entry title. And why there's a watermelon there.