The Bush administration has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq as part of an aggressive new strategy to weaken Tehran’s influence across the Middle East and compel it to give up its nuclear program, according to government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort…
In Iraq, U.S. troops now have the authority to target any member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, as well as officers of its intelligence services believed to be working with Iraqi militias. The policy does not extend to Iranian civilians or diplomats. Though U.S. forces are not known to have used lethal force against any Iranian to date, Bush administration officials have been urging top military commanders to exercise the authority.
The wide-ranging plan has several influential skeptics in the intelligence community, at the State Department and at the Defense Department who said that they worry it could push the growing conflict between Tehran and Washington into the center of a chaotic Iraq war.
Yeah. I’d sure hate to “push” things with the Iranians. I mean, if we “push” too hard it might lead to a war with them. You know, the war that they’re already fighting against us. We kill too many of them and it might end up looking like we’re fighting back.
Give me a break.
Anyone who pretends that this war won’t involve Iran (and Syria) at some point is kidding themselves. It already involves them directly aiding our enemies. You want to talk about stopping the escalation with Iran? How about we stop Iran from escalating? We asked nicely and it didn’t work.
This would be like authorizing force against Chinese “operatives” who were fighting in Vietnam against our troops.
Oh, wait. There weren’t any Chinese “operatives” in Vietnam. Wink. Wink.
I’m just getting sick of hearing about how some folks are “troubled” that we’re going to “escalate” things by fighting those who are fighting us. It’s almost like they don’t want to win, or something.