Stupid or manipulative journalism?

I do not know how many times I have heard this from 2005. The attack on Iran seems inevitable! The George W. Bush’s war III is almost here! It is good to emphasize the danger of war but it is also good to use the real facts.

Now even ex-boss of CIA Michael Hayden said the war is more likely. At least according to AP as the news agency has reported this and many media outlets published the story.

From the CNN’s State of the Union.

CROWLEY: Do you think, though, there is any answer?

I mean, Iran doesn’t seem to be paying much attention to the sanctions. As far as we know, they are still trying to get nuclear capability. If it should, is there any alternative to taking out their facilities?

HAYDEN: It seems inexorable, doesn’t it?

We engage. They continue to move forward. We vote for sanctions. They continue to move forward. We try to deter, to dissuade. They continue to move forward.

My personal view is that Iran, left to its own devices, will get itself to that step right below a nuclear weapon, that permanent breakout stage, so the needle isn’t quite in the red for the international community. And, frankly, that will be as destabilizing as their actually having a weapon.

When I was in government, what we would used to mystically call “the kinetic option” was way down on our list. In my personal thinking — in my personal thinking; I need to emphasize that — I have begun to consider that that may not be the worst of all possible outcomes.

AP outcome from this:

Ex-CIA chief: Strike on Iran seems more likely now.

My English is not perfect. But in my opinion Hayden never said that. Were journalists in this case stupid or manipulative?

AP has published some lame correction a day after the original story.


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