Saturday, August 06, 2005

More Known Unknowns

This caught my eye in today's New York Times.

Many of the new, more sophisticated roadside bombs used to attack American and government forces in Iraq have been designed in Iran and shipped in from there, United States military and intelligence officials said Friday, raising the prospect of increased foreign help for Iraqi insurgents.

Some Middle East specialists discount any involvement by the Iranian government or Hezbollah, saying it would be counter to their interests to support Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgents, who have stepped up their attacks against Iraqi Shiites. These specialists suggest that the arms shipments are more likely the work of criminals, arms traffickers or splinter insurgent groups.

"Iran's protégés are in control in Iraq right now, yet these weapons are going to people fighting Iran's protégés," said Kenneth Katzman, a Persian Gulf expert at the Congressional Research Service and a former Middle East analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. "That makes little sense to me."

In other words, we don't really know anything. (Ops normal.)


Yesterday, MSNBC analyst Ken Allard, speaking about our reaction to the insurgency, said, "We basically lost a year. We sat on our hands."



Gold Star Families for Peace intends to confront Mister Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas today. I hope they ask him why we sat on our hands for a year.

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