Iran’s secret plan for summer offensive to force US out of Iraq
Elliot Abrams must have stayed up all night pasting together this exceedingly strange beast. ….And then to have some fool from the Guardian to fall for it…. It’s another “last throes” argument: an increase in violence means we’re winning (of course, so does a decrease in violence). Plus it involves the Iran boogeyman.
(Anonymous US sources) + (huge stories )+ (foreign press) = propaganda
Iran is not allying with the Sunnis and al-Qaeda and it is not trying to blow up the Shiite parliament. That would as likely as George W. Bush nationalizing the US oil companies. The Guardian is usually brighter than this; I would have expected this one to show up in the Casablanca Daily Herald.
Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say.
“Iran is fighting a proxy war in Iraq and it’s a very dangerous course for them to be following. They are already committing daily acts of war against US and British forces,” a senior US official in Baghdad warned. “They [Iran] are behind a lot of high-profile attacks meant to undermine US will and British will, such as the rocket attacks on Basra palace and the Green Zone [in Baghdad]. The attacks are directed by the Revolutionary Guard who are connected right to the top [of the Iranian government].”
The official said US commanders were bracing for a nationwide, Iranian-orchestrated summer offensive, linking al-Qaida and Sunni insurgents to Tehran’s Shia militia allies, that Iran hoped would trigger a political mutiny in Washington and a US retreat. “We expect that al-Qaida and Iran will both attempt to increase the propaganda and increase the violence prior to Petraeus’s report in September [when the US commander General David Petraeus will report to Congress on President George Bush’s controversial, six-month security “surge” of 30,000 troop reinforcements],” the official said.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the US officials also floated this bizarro:
US officials now say they have firm evidence that Tehran has switched tack as it senses a chance of victory in Iraq. In a parallel development, they say they also have proof that Iran has reversed its previous policy in Afghanistan and is now supporting and supplying the Taliban’s [!?] campaign against US, British and other Nato forces.
I wonder if Bush is ever told that these stories that show up on his desk are actually false….