Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Oh, that Wary Eye!

AP - “The Bush administration cast a wary eye Monday on signs that Iran and Syria were taking a more active diplomatic role in Iraq, even as debate in the U.S. centered on how many troops to keep in the war. Just days after reports that U.S. officials were discussing a broader role for Iran and Syria, Iraqi lawmakers said Iranian leaders had invited the Iraqi and Syrian presidents for a weekend summit. A State Department official said that while strong relations between the three countries were encouraged, actions would speak louder than words. In the past, said deputy spokesman Tom Casey, "while there have been positive statements from the Iranian government about wishing to play a positive role in Iraq, those statements haven't been backed up by actions." He offered a similar assessment of Syria, saying the problem "is not what they say; the problem is what they do. What we would like to see the Syrians do is take actions to, among other things, prevent foreign fighters from coming across the border into Iraq."

Yeah, really, where was Damascus in March of 2003 when "foreign fighters came across the border into Iraq?" (Oops, that would have been US troops, wouldn't it? Hmmm... can anyone in the Bush Administration spell "hypocrite?")