Now that the U.S. Congress has essentially shrugged its shoulders and accepted its powerlessness over any military commands made by their glorious leader, said glorious leader is now moving on to other activities, like resurging the surge and getting a war on Iran tacked on to it all.
Because President Bush has unleashed his most power source: The unnamed senior U.S. official. Remember those heady days when big-time mainstream newspapers would write huge horror stories on Iraq while quoting unnamed senior officials? Well, now the Guardian is doing its part to get the war on Iran kickstarted.
Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say.
“Iran is fighting a proxy war in Iraq and it’s a very dangerous course for them to be following. They are already committing daily acts of war against US and British forces,” a senior US official in Baghdad warned. “They [Iran] are behind a lot of high-profile attacks meant to undermine US will and British will, such as the rocket attacks on Basra palace and the Green Zone [in Baghdad]. The attacks are directed by the Revolutionary Guard who are connected right to the top [of the Iranian government].”
[Note to self: When done being frustrated, insert snark here.]
Seriously, however, you can literally hear the drumbeating. There’s nothing at all new to this PNAC-led administration’s plan aside from the acronym.
Iranian officials flatly deny US and British allegations of involvement in internal violence in Iraq or in attacks on coalition forces. Interviewed in Tehran recently, Mohammad Reza Bagheri, deputy foreign minister for Arab affairs with primary responsibility for Iran’s policy in Iraq, said: “We believe it would be to the benefit of both the occupiers and the Iraqi people that they [the coalition forces] withdraw immediately.”
I just bring this paragraph up because it’s the last one of the story. And the first one to quote a named person.
It’s May 2007. This administration has a lot of time left to go out with a flourish and drag the entire Middle East, if not the world, into war.