Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Josh Marshall attacks the Iran offensive strategy of the Bush White House

LBJ started bombing Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. President Bush appears to want to escalate the war in Iraq to include bombing Iran.

Josh Marshall, over at TalkingPointsMemo has some very important questions. He says, "With all the intensifying intel bamboozlement about Iranian arms transfers to Iraqi insurgents, the essential question is still being ignored."

"Let me stipulate to my extreme skepticism about the administration's new campaign of charges about Iranian arms transfers into Iraq -- for specifics see this post and Juan Cole's detailed discussion. But let's consider the matter as though the stream of allegations were true.

Would it matter? Or to be more precise, what would be the answer to these three questions: 1) Would it tell us anything we don't already know about the clerical regime in Iran? 2) Is the volume of arms sales a necessary or suffiicient cause of our predicament in Iraq? and 3) Would successful aggressive action against Iran materially improve our current situation in Iraq?"

1) No. 2) No. 3) No. Bombing Iran would be a complete and total disaster. Even the military isn't convinced that Iran is arming the Iraqis. U.S. general: No evidence Iran is arming Iraqis.