Sunday, April 15, 2007
Breaking: Santa Secretly Supporting Grinch in Order to Undermine Himself, or something
For people who half-way know anything about Iraq, claims that the Iranian government is supporting Sunni insurgents against, presumably, the Shi'a-led government in Iraq should be met with, at the very least, "profound skepticism", as Juan Cole puts it. I'm anxious to know how much Gen. Caldwell actually knows about Iranian interests and motives in Iraq. Would he even pass the Sunni-Shi'ite test? (8/8, pwned!)
The two largest parties in the United Iraqi Alliance, the Shi'a bloc that controls parliament, are former Iranian-based Iraqi opposition groups, Da'wa and the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). SCIRI and its paramilitary Badr Corps in particular have close ties to Iran's security services. With Iran's best friends (and our allies) controlling the government in Iraq, it seems a tad insane for them to be funneling weapons to Sunni insurgents who would no doubt blow up those friends with those very weapons. The claim sounds idiotic on its face, yet we've been hearing these accusations for at least a year now, and rarely is the obvious objection raised.
Fortunately we have intrepid 6-figure stenographers like Michael Gordon on the case. You know, people who understand "how journalism works".