I like it that the words are not in alphabetical order.
The Bush administration has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq as part of an aggressive new strategy to weaken Tehran's influence across the Middle East and compel it to give up its nuclear program, according to government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort.
It's about time. When elements of the Iranian regime have been helping to kill our troops and Iraqis, they should face the most serious consequences possible. What's interesting is while we've been avoiding this type of confrontation, we've been gathering intelligence that will no doubt be helpful as we turn up the heat.
For more than a year, U.S. forces in Iraq have secretly detained dozens of suspected Iranian agents, holding them for three to four days at a time. The "catch and release" policy was designed to avoid escalating tensions with Iran and yet intimidate its emissaries. U.S. forces collected DNA samples from some of the Iranians without their knowledge, subjected others to retina scans, and fingerprinted and photographed all of them before letting them go.
The orders cover more than Iraq however.
The administration's plans contain five "theaters of interest," as one senior official put it, with military, intelligence, political and diplomatic strategies designed to target Iranian interests across the Middle East.
The White House has authorized a widening of what is known inside the intelligence community as the "Blue Game Matrix" -- a list of approved operations that can be carried out against the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. And U.S. officials are preparing international sanctions against Tehran for holding several dozen al-Qaeda fighters who fled across the Afghan border in late 2001. They plan more aggressive moves to disrupt Tehran's funding of the radical Palestinian group Hamas and to undermine Iranian interests among Shiites in western Afghanistan.
There is much more to the article, covering concerns and debates about any escalation running out of control. Unfortunately, they also have to include a source that whines about the usual. This person must have a 3G connection to the DNC for their cell phone.
"This has little to do with Iraq. It's all about pushing Iran's buttons. It is purely political," the official said. The official expressed similar views about other new efforts aimed at Iran, suggesting that the United States is escalating toward an unnecessary conflict to shift attention away from Iraq and to blame Iran for the United States' increasing inability to stanch the violence there.
Unnecessary conflict? I suppose we should just say please a few more times and maybe they'll reduce the number of shaped charge warheads they send per month. The following video pretty much sums up such foolishness.
Kill or capture
Works for me.
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