Thursday, February 15, 2007

Iraq Syndrome

The Administration is having a hard time convincing anyone that it has solid intelligence on Iran supplying weapons to Shiite insurgents in Iraq:

Much as the Vietnam Syndrome dogged the foreign and military policies of a generation of U.S. presidents, the Iraq Syndrome has become an ever-present undercurrent in Washington. "Everyone is reliving the whole thing again in everything we do," said one administration official, referring to the tumultuous months surrounding the U.S. invasion in March 2003.

"In the old days, if the U.S. government had come out and said, 'We've got this, here's our assessment,' reasonable people would have taken it at face value," the official said of the Baghdad briefing. "That's never going to happen again."

Correction. It's never going to happen again with this Administration. After what we have learned about the intelligence on Iraq, no one should take on face value a word this Administration says about anything. Congress should do all it can to both investigate the lies about Iraq and make sure this President does not do it all over again with Iran.

And I am still waiting for the Administration to answer the question of who is funding the Sunni insurgents and where are they getting their arms? We have incurred far more losses from them than from the Shiite side. Could it be that it is the Saudis who are funneling money to the Sunnis?

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