Thursday, April 12, 2007

Iran: Arming Everybody and Their Dog, Apparently

Oh, come on now. Really.

BAGHDAD, April 11 — Arms that American military officials say appear to have been manufactured in Iran as recently as last year have turned up in the past week in a Sunni-majority area, the chief spokesman for the American military command in Iraq said Wednesday in a news conference.

The spokesman, Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, [ed. the guy who held that faux Baghdad news conference about the EFPs] said that detainees in American custody had indicated that Iranian intelligence operatives had given support to Sunni insurgents and that surrogates for the Iranian intelligence service were training Shiite extremists in Iran. He gave no further description of the detainees and did not say why they would have that information.

Simple. One word: torture.

So now Iran is supplying Shiites and Sunnis? How enterprising of them.

“We have in fact found some cases recently where Iranian intelligence sources have provided to Sunni insurgent groups some support,” said General Caldwell, who sat near a table crowded with weapons that he said the military contended were largely of Iranian manufacture.

Caldwell luvs showing off teh weaponz.

The weapons were found in a mostly Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, he said, a rare instance of the American military suggesting any link between Iran and the Sunni insurgency. They have recently suggested a link with Shiite militants in Iraq.

The accusation of a link between the Iranian intelligence service and Sunni Arab insurgents is new.

Well, yes because Iran is 89% Shiite. (It's also interesting to note that the CIA Factbook page on Iran reads: "Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and the shah was forced into exile." Gee, no mention of Operation Ajax, the 1953 US-backed, oil-driven coup against PM Mohammed Mossadegh? Nothing like erasing history.)

Anyway, what's next? Will Iran be blamed for the US civil war once Caldwell magically unearths some musket shells in N Carolina that have Iranian markings on them too? Stay tuned. You just never know.

Bush should hire Caldwell as his war czar. No doubt the guy is delusional enough to take the job.

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