Day After Gordon's Latest 'NYT' Front-Pager --
Bush and Cheney Threaten Iran
NEW YORK One day after The New York Times placed Michael R. Gordon's latest story about Iranian weapons allegedly blowing up large numbers of Americans in Iraq, President Bush warned that action might be taken against that country. McClatchy Newspapers meanwhile warned in a Web headline, "Cheney Urging Strikes on Iran."
It was reminiscent of the day in September 2002 when Cheney and other officials went on Sunday talk shows and touted the now-infamous Gordon-Judith Miller front-pager in the Times on the "aluminum tubes" in Iraq and the possible "mushroom cloud" on the horizon. The Times, and Gordon specifically, have been giving the unproven Iranian IED charges far more prominent play than any other major news outlet.
Meanwhile, a senior U.S. military officer told the Los Angeles Times that Saudi nationals compose 45 percent of foreign fighters in Iraq who actively target U.S. forces. Yet there has been relatively little media coverage, and few statements by U.S. military and officials, about this.