Posted by: Lister | October 1, 2007

Does Debra Cagan hate all Iranians?

Okay, the Daily Mail is the only paper running this so far, but they stick their necks out by saying they talked to 4 of the MPs, 3 of which confirmed the story and one of which declined to comment.

Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America’s stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President Bush’s senior women officials: “I hate all Iranians.”

[…] The all-party group of MPs say Debra Cagan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs to Defence Secretary Robert Gates, made the comments

[…] Tory Stuart Graham, who was on the ten-day trip, would not discuss Ms Cagan but said: “It was very sobering to hear from the horse’s mouth how the US sees the situation.”

Ms Cagan, whose job involves keeping the coalition in Iraq together, also criticised Britain for pulling out troops. “She said if we leave the south of Iraq, the Iranians will take it over,” said one MP.

[…] The Pentagon denied Ms Cagan said she “hated” Iranians.

“She doesn’t speak that way,” said an official.

But when The Mail on Sunday spoke to four of the six MPs, three confirmed privately that she made the remark and one declined to comment. The other two could not be contacted.

Would have been nice if they’d named the MPs



  1. Other papers, including the Washington Post, refer to the Daily Mail article. But why haven’t other papers directly asked the relevant MPs?

  2. There’s a picture of her wearing an iron cross as well. Cartoonishly evil I’d say.

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