February 15, 2007

OOPS, NEVERMIND...:

Tehran's Iraq role unclear, U.S. now says: But Bush calls it irrelevant that no solid evidence links Iranian officials to alleged weapons aid (Borzou Daragahi and James Gerstenzang, February 15, 2007, LA Times)

U.S. officials from President Bush to a top general in Baghdad said Wednesday that there was no solid evidence that high-ranking officials in Iran had ordered deadly weapons to be sent to Iraq for use against American troops, backing away from claims made by military and intelligence officials in Baghdad this week.

Pretty bad when even he can't keep a straight face.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 15, 2007 7:37 AM
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"no solid evidence that high-ranking officials in Iran had ordered deadly weapons to be sent to Iraq for use against American troops"

Wow. That's an absurd statement, since it is of course an impossible standard. Finding weapons in Iraq with clear Iranian provenance wouldn't be enough. Finding a memo from "high-ranking officials" (defined by who, exactly?) approving their transfer wouldn't be enough. You'd have to actually have a memo from the Supreme Leader ordering that the weapons be used against US forces. Utterly asinine.

Posted by: b at February 15, 2007 9:42 AM

Wouldn't it be fun to hear Bush try to pronounce Steyr-Mannlicher?

Posted by: ratbert at February 15, 2007 10:27 AM

No, it's the single standard. You wish a double.

Most of the weapons being used against us are American made, by your logic America is at war with us.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2007 12:21 PM

[insert POGO quote here]

Posted by: Bartman at February 15, 2007 12:32 PM

I don't know what the word would be to describe that bizarre analogy, but "logic" sure ain't it.

Iran is at war with the US in Iraq just as surely as the US was at war with the Soviets in Afghanistan. One can debate what the correct course of action should be, but pretending that the situation is otherwise because you don't have the proper notarized paperwork is insanity.

Posted by: b at February 15, 2007 1:43 PM

"Most of the weapons being used against us are American made, by your logic America is at war with us."

Are you serious? I haven't come across "logic" like this since the last time I read something by Noam Chomsky. There is a pretty big difference between a country that sends weapons to be used as an extension of their foreign policy and a country where the weapon was simply stolen, sold through the black market and ends up in the hands of the enemy.

Posted by: andrew at February 15, 2007 2:55 PM

andrew:

Bingo! You've stumbled into the difference that the president was forced to concede.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2007 3:11 PM

b:

Iran and the US have identical ends in Iraq. America and the Soviets didn't.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2007 3:12 PM

And if either andrew or oj really believes that that acccurately describes how Iranian weapons are ending up in Iraq, I've got some oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you...

Posted by: b at February 15, 2007 3:14 PM

b. Hold on to that property. It'll be waterfront as soon as the rest of Antarctica melts.

Posted by: erp at February 15, 2007 3:29 PM
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