October 7, 2005

PREPPING BRITS FOR THE NEXT WAR:

Blair Hints at Iran Link in Iraq: The British leader says Tehran or its Hezbollah allies may be the source of sophisticated bombs that insurgents are using against coalition forces. (John Daniszewski, October 7, 2005, LA Times)

British Prime Minister Tony Blair voiced concern Thursday that Iran, or an Iranian-backed militant group, may be supplying insurgents with sophisticated explosives being used against British and U.S. troops in Iraq.

At a news conference with visiting Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Blair stopped short of directly accusing Tehran. But he hinted that the Islamic Republic, which shares a long border with Iraq, may be covertly interfering, in part because of U.S. and European attempts to curtail Iran's nuclear program.

"What is clear is that there have been new explosive devices used, not just against British troops but elsewhere in Iraq," Blair said.


It's an article of faith in the reality-based community that Iraq has taught Tony Blair and George W. Bush a lesson. Those faith-based leaders appear to have learned a different one though.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2005 9:12 AM
Comments

The problem is that to invade Iran, both have a much harder job to galvanize support to do so. Many of the problems concerning the war is do to perception, but it is their fault for not managing that perception.

In this respect, President Bush is particularly at fault. He has been wrong on many specifics, failed to effectively articulate Iraq War in context of terrorism, and done little to maintain morale so the public is readied for more sacrifice. What he has done right in the war does not effect everything he has squandered as well.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at October 7, 2005 1:30 PM
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