Spotted a Myth?

Spotted a Myth?

Questionable and outright bogus claims about the standoff between the U.S. and Iran are being reported in the news and echoed by politicians on a daily basis.  If you catch a newspaper, candidate, or national figure spinning a myth that needs to be corrected, report it here.
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Distorting the Facts to Sell War and Sanctions in Wall Street Journal

Today, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) that promotes an outright distortion of the facts in order to argue for more crippling sanctions and potential military strikes on Iran. The authors–Reul Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz–claim that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspects...

Iran Fact Check: Top 5 Myths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jamal Abdi Phone: 202-386-6408 Email: jabdi@niacouncil.org Iran and its nuclear program will undoubtedly feature prominently in tonight’s presidential debate on foreign policy.  However, pervasive myths, distortions, and oversimplifications continue to distort the debate on Iran.  To confront these myths, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), together with Just Foreign Policy, has launched...

Does Iran have fissile material for five nuclear weapons?

“When Barack Obama was elected, they had enough fissile material, nuclear material, to make one bomb. Now they have enough to make five.  They’re racing toward a nuclear weapon.” – Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan, October 11, 2012. Fact: Iran does not have any fissile nuclear material that could be used in a nuclear...

Are sanctions on Iran targeted at the Iranian regime and nuclear program?

Fact:  While many sanctions measures are at least nominally aimed at the Iranian government and its nuclear program, the sanctions on Iran are deeply affecting the Iranian people.
NIAC: Revoke Netanyahu's Free Pass to Sell War

NIAC: Revoke Netanyahu’s Free Pass to Sell War

Ten years after Dick Cheney went on Meet the Press to sell a war with Iraq based on falsehoods, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu went on the same show to sell a new war with Iran. Send a letter to Meet the Press to tell them to correct Netanyahu’s distortions and stop giving war with...
Tell Meet The Press: Challenge False Information on Iran - Just Foreign Policy

Tell Meet The Press: Challenge False Information on Iran – Just Foreign Policy

Tweet On September 16, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on US Sunday talk shows, scaremongering about Iran’s nuclear program. Meet the Press allowed Netanyahu to give a completely false picture of the Iran nuclear issue, without challenging his scaremongering through reference to known facts. Tell Meet the Press that this is not acceptable: real...

Netanyahu Takes Cheney’s Seat at Meet the Press

By Robert Naiman and Jamal Abdi If you happened to catch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Meet the Press this past Sunday, you may have thought you were watching a rerun from ten years ago. After all, it was September 2002–almost a decade ago to the day–that Dick Cheney went on Meet the Press to sell Americans a...

Is an Iranian nuclear weapon imminent?

Fact: An Iranian nuclear weapon is not imminent.  U.S. and Israeli intelligence assess that Iran is not actively building a bomb, and that it would take Iran at least two to three years to have a deliverable weapon.
Fact Checking the Media on Iran - The Story So Far

Fact Checking the Media on Iran – The Story So Far

The uncritical promotion and amplification in U.S. media of claims that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction” played a crucial role in preparing U.S. public opinion, if not to support, then at least to acquiesce in, the U.S. invasion of Iraq on false pretenses and in violation of international law in 2003. Thousands of U.S....

Do Israelis Want War with Iran?

Fact: The majority of Israelis oppose an Israeli attack on Iran without U.S. backing, and many Israeli intelligence, military, and political officials have spoken out against an Israeli attack.

Does Israel Consider Iran an “Existential Threat”?

Fact: While many media outlets and politicians often state that Iran is an “existential threat” to Israel, many senior Israeli defense officials argue this simply isn’t true.

Do Israel and the U.S. Consider Iran Irrational?

Fact: Top Israeli and U.S. officials agree Iran is a rational actor.
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