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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Iran involved in the Basra fight

This has been going on for the better part of four years. Iranian involvement in Iraq, that is, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better anytime soon. The Times of London has a story centered around that today:

IRANIAN forces were involved in the recent battle for Basra, General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq, is expected to tell Congress this week.

Military and intelligence sources believe Iranians were operating at a tactical command level with the Shi’ite militias fighting Iraqi security forces; some were directing operations on the ground, they think.

Petraeus intends to use the evidence of Iranian involvement to argue against any reductions in US forces.

Dr Daniel Goure, a defence analyst at the Lexington Institute in Virginia, said: “There is no question that Petraeus will be tough on Iran. It is one thing to withdraw troops when there is purely sectarian fighting but it is another thing if it leaves the Iranians to move in.” ...

Petraeus is likely to announce that combat tours will be reduced from 15 months to 12 months.
The number of US troops in Iraq is set to fall from 160,000 to 140,000 by July, but Petraeus is expected to recommend an indefinite pause in further troop cuts.

Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shi’ite cleric, has called for 1m people to march on Baghdad on Wednesday – the fifth anniversary of the fall of the capital – when Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador to Iraq, will be briefing Congress.

A senior Iraqi official who met Petraeus last week said, “It will be difficult to show that the situation is improving.” Another Iraqi source described the US general as “furious” that al-Maliki moved against the militias into Basra without consultation and had to rely on US forces to bail him out.

General Petraeus has done an outstanding job keeping the Surge going, and maintaining security for the Iraqis. His men and women have done a superb job in training the Iraqi security forces and military to be able to provide their own security. But the job is far from over, and Petraeus knows this. Furthermore, there is the matter of Iran.

And when it comes to Iran, we have three people running for the presidency that have yet to be grilled on this subject. John McCain, no doubt, will remain steadfast in opposition to the mullah's regime, and would not open up any diplomatic talks with them directly. Hillary? Lord knows what that lying shrew will say about Iran, but given the fact her husband had no qualms negotiating with a despotic regime in his administration (North Korea), we can only guess how Hillary would handle Ahmadinejad.

Which brings us to the man who said he would meet with, without ANY pre-conditions, some of the worst tyrants in the world. Barack Obama has NEVER been pressed for answers as to what he would do or say to Ahmadinejad. This is a tyrannical theocracy whose leaders wish us nothing but malice, and who are rapidly moving towards creating nuclear weapons. It's time the press end it's love affair with Obama and start asking some serious questions.

The road that lies ahead isn't going to be a pleasant one in this world. We could easily see our enemies getting stronger under weak leadership. It happened to Carter in '79 when his foreign policy team was made to look like monkeys when the Iranian revolution occurred. Should Iran make a move to destabilize Iraq, and bring it's government down, will we see a replay of Jimmy Carter in Barack Obama?

Publius II


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