To Win in Baghdad, Strike at Tehran

Now that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seems to have diseased after becoming seriously ill in December, the Americans could be preparing to act on Iran. Writer Robert Tracinski has written an interesting article for Real Clear Politics on this:

As early as next week, President Bush is expected to give a major speech announcing a new strategy in Iraq. This is an excellent opportunity for the administration to announce a big strategic change that could dramatically improve America's prospects in Iraq.

In the article he recommends that the US should go after Iran. The current fight in Iraq is a battle against symptoms, they should take out the source of the problem: Iran. His advice could be just what the US is going to do. Now with an Iranian leadership change (and possible crisis and infighting) there are signs the US policy is moving again.

Just like every prelude to mayor military operations, intelligence information is now leaking to the press. Could be coincidence but maybe not. Just yesterday we got word of the new Al-Qaeda satellite TV station in Syria (already operational for moths btw) and The New York Sun quoted an American intelligence person saying "that Iran is working closely with both the Shiite militias and Sunni Jihadist groups.”. And that “the Quds Force — the arm of Iran's revolutionary guard that supports Shiite Hezbollah, Sunni Hamas, and Shiite death squads — is working with individuals affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq and Ansar al-Sunna.”. In the same article a other US officials is quoted saying, they found the “smoking gun” that proves Iranian involvement.

Of course one could also take the more dim view that this kind of intelligence leaks are just the result of the fact that the new US congress is seated today. A congress that now has a democratic majority and seems to wish more dialogue with Syria and Iran, in a effort to stabilize Iraq. For this some Democratic big shots like John Kerry, have recently been traveling to Syria to meet with dictator Assad. But so far without any concrete results.

Thus a more assertive US policy in the war effort could finally be on the horizon.


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