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Monday, November 08, 2004

What Ever Happened to the Bush Doctrine?

I sort of remember hearing something about any nation or organization who supports, aids, or harbors terrorists would be dealt with in the same manner as the terrorists. What ever happened to that? Seriously, lets take a look at Iran.

A recent news article, Extremists Moving Across Iran-Iraq Border points out "Islamic extremists have been moving supplies and new recruits from Iran into Iraq..." The article continues:
Iranian involvement with extremist groups in the Iraqi insurgency would be potentially explosive, especially given the history of U.S.-Iranian animosity. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said recently Iran was engaged in "a lot of meddling" in Iraq but gave no details.
Am I the only one out there who is reading this and coming to the conclusion that Iran is either openly working with the Iraqi insurgents/terrorists or is harboring terrorists who are supplying the resistance in Iraq with troops, ammo, etc?

Bush made it pretty clear: you are either with us or with the terrorists. Many of our so-called allies seem to be talking out of both sides of their mouths, paying lip-service to the war on terror but refusing to offer any aid in the actual battle on terrorism. Iran - single out as part of the Axis of Evil - seems to be very much on the side of Zarqawi and Al Qaeda in Iraq.

The article also states
Brig. Sarkout Hassan Jalal, director of security in Sulaimaniyah, the largest city in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq near the Iranian border, said that Islamic militants "are smuggling recruits to Iraq from Iran ... (and) then take them to Fallujah or other hot spots."
And later...
"There seems to be logistical and practical support," the [unnamed] official said. "These people flee to Iran and come back days or weeks later with better equipment."
And even further in the article
A U.S. official said Kurdish security forces found passports from Arab countries including Yemen, Egypt and Saudi Arabia buried under the dirt floor in one safe house on the Iranian side of the border.

"We are not just talking about Iranians passively dealing with al-Qaida," one former U.S. official who worked in Iraq said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We are talking about al-Qaida at Revolutionary Guard bases and safe houses. This is active assistance."
Active assistance. Seems to fall with in the Bush doctrine to me, so why aren't we doing anything about it? For one thing, it looks like all the cuts Clinton made to our armed fources have weakened it pretty darned good. While many are questioning whether we can continue in Iraq without enlarging the military, I ask whether we could add another front to the war? Iran is supporting the terrorists we are at war with... this make Iran a valid target. Even if we choose not to invade, couldn't we at least start air/missile/bombing campaigns? If they are going to undermine peace in Iraq, why don't we undermine their military capabilities as well?

Or do we fear more of our "allies" like China and Russia, both who have been forging ties with Iran, talking a good game against terrorism while funding and supporting the Iranians? It all seems pretty complicated - and the more you know the more complicated it becomes.

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