When we're in a "war on terrorism" and we label another country's army a terrorist group, then we're reaching the limits of escalating rhetoric
The United States has decided to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, as a "specially designated global terrorist," according to U.S. officials, a move that allows Washington to target the group's business operations and finances.
The Bush administration has chosen to move against the Revolutionary Guard Corps because of what U.S. officials have described as its growing involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as its support for extremists throughout the Middle East, the sources said. The decision follows congressional pressure on the administration to toughen its stance against Tehran, as well as U.S. frustration with the ineffectiveness of U.N. resolutions against Iran's nuclear program, officials said.
Moreover, if Bush's policy remains an unwillingness to distinguish between terrorists and the countries that harbor them, then he's all but compelled to strike. There's obviously no coherence here. It's completely insane. But for the reasonable people out there--journalists, bloggers, etc.--who are not insane and who can't fathom that we're moving in this direction, it's not your hawkish colleagues who are in control of our government. It's still the Bush administration.