Told you my bullshit detector was pegged on high over yesterday’s report that claimed if Iran didn’t attack U.S. installations, we’d stand by as they retaliated if Israel bombed their nuke sites. Reuters reports today that I was right.
“It’s incorrect, completely incorrect,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told Reuters while accompanying President Barack Obama on a campaign trip in Ohio. “The report is false and we don’t talk about hypotheticals.”
Without naming its sources, Yedioth said Washington had approached Tehran through two unidentified European countries to convey the message that the United States would not be dragged into fighting if Israel carried out threats to attack Iran.
Yedioth said the United States told Iran it should in return refrain from retaliating against U.S. interests, including its military in the Gulf.
In Jerusalem, an Israeli official, who asked not to be identified, described the report as illogical.
“It doesn’t make sense,” the official said. “There would be no need to make such a promise to the Iranians because they realize the last thing they need is to attack U.S. targets and draw massive U.S. bombing raids.”
Note that Carney is not equivocating, as he does when a reporter asks him something that is true. He’s flat-out denying it.
Never, ever, EVER accept a story as big as this one with unidentified sources that only one news outlet is reporting. It’s a dead giveaway that it’s not true.