Sunday, February 11, 2007

If an Iranian EFP Goes Off in Iraq, Does a Liberal Hear It?

I hate to ask such philosophical questions, but the situation demands it. It has been clear for years that the Iranians are supporting terrorists inside Iraq who kill our troops and Iraqi civilians.

Our military has set out our case (Link updated. I hate it when they rewrite on the same link and eliminate what I quoted) on one type of weapon that is killing our troops:

The deadly and highly sophisticated weapons the U.S. military said it traced to Iran are known as "explosively formed penetrators," or EFPs.

The presentation was the result of weeks of preparation and revisions as U.S. officials put together a package of material to support the Bush administration's claims of Iranian intercession on behalf of militant Iraqis fighting American forces.

Senior U.S. military officials in Baghdad said the display was prompted by the military's concern for "force protection," which, they said, was guaranteed under the United Nations resolution that authorizes American soldiers to be in Iraq.

Personally, I think it is a no-brainer to acknowledge the reality of the situation. What we do about this knowledge is a separate thing. I think that accepting that Iran is at war with us should guide our actions.

But watch how the Left will deny it is even true. For them, simply admitting the obvious about Iranian complicity in the death in Iraq is too much. It makes it more difficult to justify running away as fast as we can "redeploy." No, there is no war with Iran and admitting that Iranians are killing us is unacceptable to our Left.

And the Left claims to be the "reality-based community."

UPDATE: The "hear no evil" chorus has begun:

Explosives seem to be flowing into Iraq from Iran, but does it stem from a deliberate government policy or rogue elements within the Iranian government? asked Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said that ultimately Iran wants a stable Iraq and that the United States needs to engage in diplomacy.

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said the administration could be laying the groundwork for an attack on Iran and that "I'm worried about that. That's how we got into the mess in Iraq," by relying on what Dodd called "doctored information."

Senate Intelligence Committee member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said "the administration is engaged in a drumbeat with Iran that is much like the drumbeat that they did with Iraq. We're going to insist on accountability."

Fascinating. Don't blame the government! This is against Iran's interests! We might justify war again by admitting it! We want more proof!

And Ahmadinejad, knowing that no amount of proof will be sufficient for those determined not to hear, plays the street punk role who knows more about the law than a second-year law student:

"There should be a court to prove the case and to verify the case. The position of our government ... is also the same. We are opposed to any kind of conflict in Iraq," Ahmadinejad told ABC's "Good Morning America."

And the Iranian foreign minister added:

"Such accusations cannot be relied upon or be presented as evidence. The United States has a long history in fabricating evidence. Such charges are unacceptable," Hosseini told reporters in Tehran.

That's right. The Iranian nutbjobs say they didn't do it! It is against our interests! Don't justify war again! Prove it!

"Reality-based," indeed.

UPDATE: As you can see, some are more worried that we might do something to stop the Iranians from killing our troops and innocent Iraqis than they are worried that Iranians are waging war against Iraq and our forces.

That's quite a reality to base one's community on.