I braced myself for this morning's talk between Steve Inskeep and Jamie Tarbay about the supposed intelligence of Iranian arms going to insurgents. But I was pleasantly surprised! Yes, Inskeep actually asked a few of the questions that should lead ALL NPR's reports on this con job coming out of the Pentagon. Here are a few of his questions:
- "Jamie, I want to try and figure this out. What’s being said is Iran is supporting Shiia Muslim groups and militias, but haven’t Sunni Muslim groups been the ones most likely to kill American soldiers?"
- "...did any reporters at this session ask why we should believe what US intelligence agencies say given their previous mistakes when it comes to intelligence on Iraq?"
- "The thing is they talked about this at a Pentagon briefing in September and so I’m trying to figure out why five months later it’s new?"
Granted my expectations are low, but it was refreshing to not hear NPR simply repeating the Pentagon assertions without question.
Unfortunately, this evening's ATC would show that this half-step forward would be met yet another three steps back.