I had planned to write about something else this morning, but the simmering confrontation with Iran keeps intruding. For starters, President Obama is standing firmly behind the administration's allegations, but without offering any new evidence to support them. This approach isn't going to wash, however, especially if journalists do their job, start asking a lot of probing questions, and don't allow themselves to get spun by "anonymous" sources and inside leaks.
Add to the mix a New York Times story -- clearly based on briefings from U.S. officials -- that "militants trained and financed by Iran's Quds Force attacked United States forces in Iraq on Wednesday." As Time magazine's Tony Karon notes on his own blog, "Washington certainly seems to be scooping up everything it can find on alleged Iranian malfeasance to throw into the p.r. battle. U.S. and Saudi intelligence officials told the Washington Post that they believe that Iran was behind the May 16 killing of a Saudi diplomat in the Pakistani city of Karachi."
Put it all together, and it looks like the Administration is making a concerted campaign to ratchet up the pressure on Tehran. Countries like Britain, Saudi Arabia and France are going along with that program, and no doubt Israel is happy to see this development too. But so far other countries appear to be at best agnostic about the whole business, which is still the only sensible response in light of the paltry public evidence offered to date. And as I said yesterday, if Obama & co. can't produce some smoking gun support for their assertions, the backlash could be formidable.it's past time for barack obama to be held accountable by the whores.
in fact, if you can't call out barack now, you're not part of the left.
i can remember when bush was destroying the country and my attitude was: republicans don't give a damn about the country, they just follow along blindly.
well, now barack's destroying the country. and i'm not seeing many on the left whose behavior is any better than the republicans were.
in a lot of ways, barack's presidency has been a gift in that it's opened my own sense of understanding and demonstrated that there's no great difference between the left and the right or the bulk of the followers of each.
behavior that i saw as so bizarre and as evidence that the right wing is crazy was actually behavior that was present in the other side as well. and we on the left can be as crazy as the right.
i would have preferred not to have had to learn that lesson but it is what it is.
and barack is as evil, as stupid and as destructive as george w. bush.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:"