February 20, 2007

Please Let This Be BS


If there could be a more ruinous damn thing to do, I just can't think of it at the moment.

Posted by natasha at February 20, 2007 03:29 PM | Iran | Technorati links |

I have to say that the Daily Kos post is an egregious example of selective pull-quoting. The actual quote that's referenced in the title was "American military operations for a major conventional war with Iran could be implemented any day."

That's very different from "Massive attack on Iran 'any day'."

Not to say the buildup isn't crazy, but the linked post is yellow journalism at its finest.

Posted by: The Cunctator at February 20, 2007 03:58 PM

I guess I see your point, that one little word does make a good bit of difference.

Still, it isn't just a force buildup that's happening. There's been a recent pattern of systematic antagonism, provocative acts that might have already started a full-blown war if the involved parties held roughly equal military strength. You don't attack diplomatic outposts in broad daylight and practically boast about it when you're trying to bring things to a peaceful conclusion.

This administration is just begging the Iranians to start something and they're obviously ready to rumble, as the saying goes. I'm not sure that alarm isn't exactly the right tone to be striking.

Posted by: natasha at February 20, 2007 05:26 PM

So far, it appears that the plan is being borrowed straight from the "hot pursuit of NVA forces in Cambodia" playbook.

1) Complain that Iranians are supplying weapons to the insurgents in Iraq.

2) "Catch" them in the process of transferring said weapons, preferably on tape.

3) Pursue the Iranians into their own country to stop said transfer of arms, potentially circumventing a request for a declaration of war, because, after all, it's just a continuation of the war on Iraq, for which the Bush administration already has a resolution in its pocket.

4) Use naval and air resources on site to "support" said pursuit.

My two bits...

Posted by: palamedes at February 21, 2007 01:33 PM