I don't point to this approvingly. I don't even really point to it disapprovingly. It's just obviously what happens when the president takes a step like adding Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps to our ever-growing list of terrorist organizations: He provide the people who want us to be at war with Iran another high-bore piece of rhetorical ammunition.
The White House and State Department have reportedly decided to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist group. Given that the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, is a commander in the Qods Force, an elite Revolutionary Guards' unit, does this also mean that it is U.S. policy to negotiate with terrorists?
Oddly enough, speaking on Bush's terms, Rubin's right--the president has left himself almost no wiggle room. It's going to be very difficult for Bush to explain to his supporters why he's not going after this terrorist organization that's supposedly killing U.S. troops. The difference between me and Rubin, of course, is that I don't think George Bush should have done this whereas Rubin thinks we should have been at war with Iran months ago.