TEHRAN — On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice issued a ridiculous statement claiming that Iran was plotting to “eliminate” John Bolton, the former White House national security adviser.
“An Iranian national and member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has been charged in a complaint, unsealed today in the District of Columbia, with using interstate commercial facilities in the commission of a murder for hire and providing and attempting to provide material support to a transnational murder conspiracy,” the Justice Department statement read.
The mythological statement went on to note that according to court documents, from October 2021, Shahram Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezaei, 45, from Tehran “tried to organize the murder of the former adviser to National Security John Bolton, likely in retaliation for the January 2020 death of Commander Qasem Soleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF).Poursafi, working on behalf of the IRGC- QF, attempted to pay $300,000 to individuals in the United States to commit the murder in Washington, DC or Maryland.
The allegations were so far-fetched that Iran didn’t even bother to respond more than a tweet. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson warned that the United States’ constant propaganda and media frenzy would turn it into a veritable pariah state.
Nasser Kanaani made the remarks in Farsi, Arabic and English on Friday.
He called American fabrications about a bankrupt political element, an infamous terrorist and a coup plotter against sovereign countries and governments a “flight forward” in an effort to avoid taking responsibility for a global crime.
If the United States continues to promote the hype, the country will become a real pariah in the eyes of Iranians and others around the world, he added.
American propaganda tactics are long outdated. Using fabrications and myths to project a positive image of themselves in the global community or to defend their business is an outdated tradition that needs to be abandoned.
In 2002, George W. Bush used a similar tactic against Iraq. Bush said in October 2002 that Saddam Hussein had a “massive stockpile” of biological weapons. However, as CIA Director George Tenet stated in early 2004, the CIA had “no particular knowledge of the types or quantities of WMD agents or stockpiles at Baghdad’s disposal”. The phrase “huge stock” has been completely made up. They finally admitted that their allegation was an outright lie.
Years later, in 2019, Ari Fleischer, the White House press secretary at the time, said that the slogan chanted by the left “Bush lied, people died” is itself a lie, but fact checkers say otherwise.
Fleischer’s deputy at the time, Scott McClellan, put it that way in his own memoir, “What Happened.”
“In the fall of 2002, Bush and his White House embarked on a carefully orchestrated campaign to shape and manipulate the sources of public approval to our advantage. … Our lack of candor and honesty in arguing for war would later provoke a partisan response from our adversaries which, in its own way, further distorted and obscured a more nuanced reality,” he wrote.
However, standing by his claims, Fleischer said, “The allegation that ‘Bush lied. The people are dead’ is a liberal myth created to politically target President Bush.
The same goes for John Bolton’s gibberish “Iran wants to kill me” story. It may serve well for a children’s book helping parents get them to bed, but it won’t justify the US administration spending millions of taxpayer dollars to protect Bolton, Mike Pompeo, the former Secretary of State, and Mark Esper, the former Secretary of Defense.