Cox & Forkum: Limited Engagement
Three weeks ago, President Bush made it clear that engaging Iran militarily was not being pursued:
“Some are trying to say that because we’re helping ourselves in Iraq by stopping outside [Iranian] influence from killing our soldiers or hurting Iraqi people that we want to expand this beyond the borders,” Bush said. “That’s a presumption that’s simply not accurate. We believe that we can solve our problems with Iran diplomatically.“
Since then even more evidence of Iran’s maleficence in Iraq has been revealed, yet Bush continues to evade the necessity of truly confronting Iran. From CNN: Bush blames Iraq weapons on ‘part of’ Iranian government.
President Bush said Wednesday that “a part of the Iranian government” is involved in sending deadly explosives into Iraq …But the president Wednesday rejected as “preposterous” suggestions that the United States was creating a basis for conflict with Iran.
“My job is to protect our troops, and when we find devices that are in that country that are hurting our troops, we’re going to do something about it, pure and simple.,” he said “… Does this mean you’re trying to have a pretext for war? No. It means I’m trying to protect our troops. That’s what that means.”
“Protect our troops”? What’s preposterous is leaving the Iranians completely unmolested while they kill our troops in Iraq. Here again are articles indicating Iran’s war-making in Iraq:
Rumsfeld: Iraq bombs ‘clearly from Iran’ (CNN, August 10, 2005)
EXCLUSIVE: Iraq Weapons — Made in Iran? (ABC News, March 6, 2006)
Rumsfeld accuses Iran of troublemaking in Iraq (AP via Army Times, March 7, 2006)
Casey cites Iran hand in attacks by Iraqi Shiites (The Washington Times, June 23, 2006)
Barbero: Iran training Shiite insurgents (AP via Army Times, August 24, 2006)
Donkeys harboring weapons stopped at Iran-Iraq border (Army Times, November 2, 2006)
Iran involvement suspected in Karbala compound attack (CNN, January 31, 2007)
Iraqi insurgents using Austrian rifles from Iran (The Telegraph, February 13, 2007)
Isn’t it obvious that Iran is helping incite turmoil in Iraq?
Mr. President, seal the damn borders with Iran and Syria and bomb munitions manufacturing facilities in either country when weapons are traced back to their source.
Stop talking and more action.
From The Moscow Times: Iraq Closes Border Crossings With Iran, Syria for 72 Hours.
The U.S. military said Wednesday that the aim was to choke off the flow of weapons and foreign fighters into the country.
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