War Pornographer Michael Gordon indicates with "U.S. Opens Naval Exercise in Perisan Gulf" that he's probably the type of guy who rented The Accused to get off. As he drools on and on over and about "force" you really start to wonder if the government ought to be sending out postcard alerts to his neighbors.
Not that they ever would, he's far too useful as a government tool which is how he builds yet another story around late night whispers from pillow buddies he won't name:
American offials said
American officials said
a senior Bush administration official said
said the senior American official who declined to be identified
the official said
according to military officials
the officials said
said one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity
Some day, we might learn that all his unnamed sources for this story were actually just one person and, if so, I don't think anyone would be surprised.
Gordo opens with six words that leave him dizzy (and tingly) for the rest of the article -- "In a calculated show of force" -- and it's all downhill from there. At one point, he glosses over British objections to the "show of force" so quickly that when this unscourced quote pops up:
We don't want them to determine what we do when we think we are within our rights to do it.
that he has to add the unnamed was "referring to Iranians" and not the British.
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