The president asserts

that many of the roadside bombs in Iraq–which have proved so deadly to U.S. forces–originate in Iran. This is part and parcel of Bush & Co.’s efforts to portray Tehran as the next big boogeyman. Check out Truthdig’s Juan Cole on Bush’s campaign to frame Iran.



President George W. Bush directly linked Tehran to roadside bombings against US forces in Iraq, stepping up his criticisms of Iran amid a tense standoff over its nuclear program.

“Tehran has been responsible for at least some of the increasing lethality of anti-coalition attacks by providing Shia militia with the capability to build improvised explosive devices in Iraq,” Bush said in a speech.

He cited recent congressional testimony from John Negroponte, the US director of national intelligence.

The president’s comments came as he launched a public relations offensive to bolster support for the war in Iraq some three years after he ordered the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

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