Wait until you read this one. It is simply incredible.
I've been all over the Iranian badge story, as you undoubtedly know by now. But this latest development defies all rational thinking.
The man who fabricated the whole story was invited to the White House as an “expert” yesterday. You just can't make this stuff up.
I'd heard about the meeting yesterday, which included Wayne Downing, Barry McCaffrey, Michael Vickers and Fouad Ajami, but I wasn't told about Taheri until today.
Two weeks ago, Amir Taheri published an op-ed in Canada's National Post about an Iranian law that forced Jews to wear a yellow stripe. The story, reminiscent of Nazi Germany, quickly provoked outrage, but was just as quickly revealed to be a total fabrication. It also ran in the New York Post.
Apparently this is just the sort of reliable advice that President Bush needs. Yesterday, Taheri had a face-to-face with the President as one of a small group of “experts” on Iraq that visited the White House.
According to Press Secretary Tony Snow, the experts were invited to the White House for their “honest opinions” on Iraq.
Honest to God, I'm speechless.
BUT LET ME ADD… to answer your comments below, not in the least surprised.