Evidence is growing that--as I suspected--the petulant senior official Judy cited in her 2-part column the other day is our nation's Ambassador to the UN. Reuters has a story out today quoting Bolton saying the same things Judy said in her WSJ column.
John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Monday that Iran's leaders could stay in power and improve their ties with Washington if they ended their pursuit of nuclear arms.
He later insisted, however, that he had not meant to threaten Tehran with regime change if its leaders failed to do so.
Bolton, addressing a meeting of B'nai B'rith International, a Jewish humanitarian organization, cited Washington's move last week to normalize relations with Libya after that country gave up its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and said Iran's leaders faced a similar "clear choice."
"This is a sign to the rulers in Tehran that if they give up their long-standing support for terrorism and they give up their pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, that their regime can stay in place and that they can have a different relationship with the United States and the rest of the world," he said.
This news tells us two things we already know--that Judy is back on the Neocon payroll (or at least some faction thereof), and that John Bolton is pursuing regime change. And that, by association, Judy got her toes wet on the Iran warmongering at the same time as her former speakers bureau, Benador Associates, started placing outrageously fraudulent stories to justify a war.
The Iraq warmongering started in earnest on September 8, 2002, six months before the war started (though there were many signs BushCo planned to start the war several weeks earlier). And while I suspect the observations of Sam Gardiner are more reliable than my own propaganda watch, both observations are saying the same thing--the propaganda war has started, with the expectation that the air war will start (80-90% chance, Gardiner says) in four to six months.
That's their schedule. What's ours?
Update: From Greg Sargent, it looks like the false Iran story folks--including Benador--are going to try to will their propaganda into mainstream belief.