Wednesday, February 14, 2007

what's worse, that the government knew, or that the government didn't know?

President Bush today, in order to ratchet down tensions with Iran, prudently accused the Iranian government of supplying Shiites inside Iraq with weapons used to kill U.S. soldiers.

Mr. Bush said it had been established beyond a doubt that a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps known as the Quds Force is supplying Shiite groups inside Iraq with particularly deadly, Iranian-designed weapons known as explosively formed penetrators, or E.F.P.s.

“We know that,” Mr. Bush said at a White House news conference.

The United States regards the Quds Force as part of the Iranian government, since the force has historically been under the command of Iran’s senior religious leaders. And even if the highest officials in Tehran have not directly ordered the Quds Force to supply weapons to Iraqi Shiites, they are still complicit, Mr. Bush said.

“What’s worse?” Mr. Bush asked. “That the government knew, or that the government didn’t know?”

. . .

“I intend to do something about it,” Mr. Bush said, alluding to the armor-piercing weapons.

Assuming that the U.S. government knows what it’s talking about in this instance, I’m curious what the president intends to do about it. And by curious I mean terrified.

This is why. We have a long history of fucking things up in the Middle East. And our good president appears determined not to dishonor this national tradition.

The Editors speculate that the turmoil in Iraq is a cunning stunt carefully engineered by the foreign policy masterminds in the administration to draw opposing groups in the Middle East into a regional conflict while the U.S. slips unseen out the back door. However, the post concludes with a more solid piece of reasoning:

This theory does conflict with the one piece of information that we know with perfect certainty, which is that the people who have actually put this policy together are fucking completely fucking retarded.

That’s really all you need to know about this.

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