Those who have been agitating for attacking Iran have been repeatedly making the claim, faithfully repeated by the compliant media, that Iranian president Ahmadinejad said that he wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the map and that this proved that he was a crazy man and that if Iran ever obtained a nuclear weapon, he would use it against Israel.
The repeated objections of informed commentators that this was a mistranslation of his remarks were studiously ignored, as were the objections that such an action would make no sense for Iran to carry out and ignored the realities of how power was distributed in Iran and who made what kinds of decisions.
Now Democracy Now! has a clip of an interview in which Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor admits that what the Israeli and US propaganda machine has been trumpeting for years as the reason to attack Iran was a lie all along, and that Ahmadinejad did not say what has been attributed to him. See a fuller report of the interview here.
It will be interesting to see if this admission gets as wide a play in the US as the original story. I wouldn’t hold my breath.