As Glenn Greenwald points out, the NY Times piece on the Iran debate seems to accept a number of assertions of fact about Iran which are not proven facts.
The NYT article tells the Iran story almost entirely from the administration’s perspective. Although the article begins by referencing Iran’s nuclear program, it includes this paragraph early on:
Even beyond its nuclear program, Iran is emerging as an increasing source of trouble for the Bush administration by inflaming the insurgencies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and in Gaza, where it has provided military and financial support to the militant Islamic group Hamas, which now controls the Gaza Strip.
Note that the numerous claims here are presented not as assertions, not as arguments, but as facts. And they are not even accompanied by the qualification that these were asserted by the article’s anonymous “administration officials.” Rather, they are simply stated, by the Times itself, as unquestionable facts. And they are obviously inflammatory “facts,” as they depict Iran as, more or less, at war with the U.S. in multiple countries, arming and funding groups directly at war with our military.
The Times should be awsre that it is being manipulated here. The facts are at issue, not just the strategy to deal with the facts. Acceptance of the Bush administration’s assertions brings us closer to a catastrophic war.