Saturday, April 12, 2008

Move Over Al Qaeda, Now Its Iran

So, the administration has almost certainly been lying about the role of al Qaeda in Iraq since before the invasion. They've continued to do so, I suppose, in order to sustain the myth that the invasion of Iraq can be justified in terms of 9/11. But the new line, apparently, is that Iran is a bigger threat than AQI. This actually strikes me as a plausible claim, unfortunately.

As I've said before, part of the problem with making big mistakes is that you make yourself vulnerable, giving yourself less margin for error in the future--you constrict your future options. And that's what's happening here. It's hard to believe that we have to stand by while Iran helps to kill American soldiers, but there's pretty clearly nothing we can really do about it.


Blogger matthew christman said...

And you know what's really crazy? The "good" shiites lead by Malaki and the U.S.-backed government are more closely allied with Iran than the "bad" shiites of the Sadr's Mehdi army. It's almost like we don't know what the hell we're doing over there!

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