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August 08, 2007

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JimPortlandOR

I think this sentence needs a re-write:

And if that weapon didn't exist, then a different, also deadly device would take its place as the Iranians' weapon of choice.

As Atrios points out, reports from Iraq indicate that they have internally the means to manufacture EFPs. Unless Odierno tells more than he has, it cannot be determinend that these EFPs are from Iran, Iraq or whereever.

With that in mind, this seems like a better description:

And if that weapon didn't exist, then a different, also deadly device would take its place as the insurgents-in-Iraq's weapon of choice.

A.L.

Isn't the buried lede in this story the admission that these bombs "are used almost exclusively by Shiite militants"?

Previously, the administration had fudged this fact in an attempt to imply that Iran was supplying Sunni insurgents and even al Qaeda. Military sources would always refer cryptically to "extremist groups," never Shiitte extremist groups.

But no, as one would expect, these bombs are going to Shiite militias, most of whom are allied with the Malaki government that we're supporting.

Brian

Point taken as usual Jim.

A.L. who are you and where do you find the time to be so damn thorough?! :)

ibfamous

Is it surprising that Iran is involved in the Iraq conflict? If a Middle Eastern, hell any, country invaded one of our neighbors without provocation don't you think we'd get involved? The question is; how do they do it so easily? As former Florida football coach Steve Spurier used to say when he was lambasted for putting fifty on his opponents, "It's not my job to keep my team from scoring." Each time I see the Bushies whine about Iran, all I can wonder is; "whose fault is that?"

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