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    deepak chopra's science friday..., 2007-02-16 18:19:39 | Main | read it and puke..., 2007-02-17 09:46:23


    as I was saying:

    in November, U.S. troops raiding a Baghdad machine shop came across a pile of copper disks, 5 inches in diameter, stamped out as part of what was clearly an ongoing order. This ominous discovery, unreported until now, makes it clear that Iraqi insurgents have no need to rely on Iran as the source of EFPs.

    ..."These bombs drove the Israelis out of Lebanon," a former Pentagon weapons-effects expert told me unequivocally....

    Twenty bucks to make one. They're so hi-tech Iraqis must be too stupid to build them, cuz that's totally beyond the capabilities of folks who built a nuclear weapons program so fantastically more advanced than we ever could have imagined by 1989 that we had to invade their country again in 2003, just to be super extra positive it had been destroyed.

    And on that other missing link, those Iranian "agents":

    Talabani hammered out a security agreement with Iranian officials last fall. In December, two IRGC officials were invited to Iraq, including a man believed to be the third most senior Quds Force official, Mohsen Chizari. U.S. troops arrested the men, even though they had diplomatic passports. Talabani demanded immediate release of the Iranians and confirmed that they had been invited by the Iraqi government.

    ...the two Iranians had met with Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Badr Organization, once the militia of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). Ameri also heads up the security committee in the Iraqi National Assembly. The two officials had come, Ameri told NEWSWEEK, to discuss security issues. Ameri said two top Iraqi government officials, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih and national-security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, had asked the Iranian government to help rein in the Mahdi Army

    So, if that's all true, Iran - at the request of the Iraqi government - has been working to help "reign in" the very same party the Bush administration has been saying was receiving Iranian assistance and for which he needed a "surge" of 21,000 troops in order to "reign in". Maybe this hubbub is really about Bush not wanting Ahmaninejad stealing his reactionary thunder, out of his strange misunderstanding that Ahmaninejad has something to do with Iranian foreign policy.

    But like anybody with any sense has been saying since these claims started cropping up a year ago: Iran is on the same side as us in Iraq, and will be until either we or the Iraqi government decide to change sides. This leaves us all on the same team, getting our asses kicked, together.

:: posted by buermann @ 2007-02-16 19:05:03 CST | link

      From a NYTimes story today:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/19/world/middleeast/19cn...

      Iraqi unit, aided by American advisers, caught militants in the act of constructing devices known as explosively formed
      penetrators on Saturday in a house in Hilla, south of Baghdad, according to the American military. The explosive devices have proven especially lethal to American troops in recent months, and both military commanders and the White House have pointed to Iran as the source of a component essential in making the devices."

      Uh huh. Which component do you figure is the special, only-available-from-mighty-Persia one?

    posted by Nell @ 2007-02-19 18:25:07 | link

      Take that anonymous US officials!

    posted by buermann @ 2007-02-19 18:38:26 | link

      And in case there's any confusion about this revised allegation by the NYT about "a component", the story so far has been "Deadliest Bomb in Iraq Is Made by Iran, U.S. Says". A curved metal plate and a garage door opener, bought on the market from anywhere, would be "lethal support" if sold in Iraq. It's like the move from global warming isn't happening to global warming is awesome.

    posted by buermann @ 2007-02-19 18:58:23 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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