Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Security analysts, bush is wrong ... (again)

Bush 'intends to do something' about Iran's Quds

In a presidential news conference on Wednesday, George W. Bush announced that he 'intends to do something' about Iran's Quds Force, a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Doubts raised on linking of Iran to US deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe Feb 14

WASHINGTON -- Security analysts and critics of the Bush administration are questioning the quality of intelligence presented by three unidentified US officials in Baghdad on Sunday to demonstrate the Iranian government's ties to sophisticated explosives that have killed 170 US soldiers in Iraq.

Some skeptics also say that US officials in Iraq and their British counterparts have known for more than two years that armor-piercing explosives were being smuggled from Iran, but had never displayed them to the media until Sunday, prompting critics to ask why the administration is choosing this moment to highlight the alleged misdeeds of the Iranian regime.

Daniel Serwer, a specialist at the US Institute for Peace, a Washington-based think tank, said he was not convinced that the Iranian government had decided "at the highest levels" to provide weapons to target US troops, as the three US officials told reporters.

"The question is not so much about whether there are Iranian weapons inside Iraq," said Serwer, who served as executive director of the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan commission on Iraq. "Sure there are. The question is whether there is a conscious policy by the Iranian government or some part of the Iranian government to support lethal attacks against Americans. I haven't seen any proof of that yet."

General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also downplayed accusations against the Iranian government. He told reporters yesterday in Indonesia that although material from Iran had been used in the bombs, "That does not translate that the Iranian government per se, for sure, is directly involved in doing this."


Beonda Pale said...

I heard some of the News conference in my car. The most amazing quote to me seemed to be: "Money trumps peace sometimes". I was switching around stations at the time however and while it seemed like an outrageous statement - a betrayal of core Christian, if not American principles really -- I don't know the complete context in which it was said. Someone should definately check it out though.

audacious said...

in essense war is a business / industry.

however, as you mentioned, the link to christian values / american principles and any other political party that links christian values to it ... is ironic isn't it!