U.S. journalist calls for Iran diplomacy

March 9, 2009

Judy Miller, a controversial U.S. journalist who laid the foundation for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has called for diplomacy with Iran.

In a sudden shift from her prominent neoconservative outlook, Miller defended the Obama administration’s fence-mending plans for direct negotiations with Iranian dignitaries.
“I think that we had eight years of calling the Iranians names. … What we really need to do is give it the good college, try to see if there is a deal to be done,” the prominent hawkish figure said late Saturday.
The disgraced New York Times reporter turned Fox News analyst was nevertheless quick to recommend the “military option” as one to be considered.
“And let’s say it doesn’t succeed, and the Iranians continue on their merry way, trying to have a bomb and trying to have relations with the world. At least then America will be able to say we have tried negotiations without preconditions. We have done everything we can,” she added.
Miller’s shoddy reporting of Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction manipulated public opinion and significantly helped shape the Bush-era legerdemain that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Citing anonymous sources, Miller reported in late 2002 that Iraq had “stepped up its quest for nuclear weapons and has embarked on a worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb.”
Her reports later turned out to be the courtesy of Ahmad Chalabi, a now-notorious Iraqi exile who spun tales about a bio-war sought and a chemical and nuclear arsenal owned by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Her misleading investigative reports, which powered the Bush administration’s propaganda drive toward the Iraq war, struck a blow to the credibility of the New York Times.
The Times attempted to save face by publishing a belated mea culpa article that insisted that the daily had in fact become a victim of “misinformation from these exile sources”.
Miller announced her retirement from the New York Times on November 9, 2005, after a controversial 28-year career.
“WMD -- I got it totally wrong … The analysts, the experts and the journalists who covered them -- we were all wrong. If your sources are wrong, you are wrong,” she later confessed.
(Source: Press TV)