We know that before the US goes to war, it prepares the ground in the media and the public by spreading lies about why war is necessary because otherwise the country may be attacked on its shores by the Greatest Threat to World Peace Since Hitler’s Germany. That has happened over and over again (remember the slogans before the great Iraq adventure such that if we did not fight them in Basra, we would have to fight them in Buffalo?) and despite the lies being subsequently exposed, the public seems to only too willing to buy them.
Mehdi Hasan documents the five assertions that the Trump administration is currently spreading about Iran and for each one explains why they are lies.
Lie #1: Iran Is Building a Nuclear Weapon
Lie #2: Iran Violated the Nuclear Deal
Lie #3: Iran Is the Leading State Sponsor of Terror
Lie #4: Iran Working with Al Qaeda
Lie #5: War on Iran Would Be Easy
I can add another one, and that is that the people of Iran will welcome the US invasion and greet them as liberators.
Journalists interviewing administration official who spread these lies need to be aware of the facts and immediately challenge them. But the problem is that the media also loves war for two reasons: it is wonderful for ratings and because they are also part of the military-industrial corporate network.