April 03, 2007

Madmen and buffoons

Simply swamped with work. No time to breathe, let alone rant. But I couldn't let this go by without passing it along. From The Independent:
A failed American attempt to abduct two senior Iranian security officers on an official visit to northern Iraq was the starting pistol for a crisis that 10 weeks later led to Iranians seizing 15 British sailors and Marines...

The attempt by the US to seize the two high-ranking Iranian security officers openly meeting with Iraqi leaders is somewhat as if Iran had tried to kidnap the heads of the CIA and MI6 while they were on an official visit to a country neighbouring Iran, such as Pakistan or Afghanistan...

US officials in Washington subsequently claimed that the five Iranian officials they did seize, who have not been seen since, were "suspected of being closely tied to activities targeting Iraq and coalition forces". This explanation never made much sense. No member of the US-led coalition has been killed in Arbil and there were no Sunni-Arab insurgents or Shia militiamen there.
As I've shouted on many occasions, we have madmen and buffoons at the helm of our ship of state - and still, inexplicably, we do nothing to oust them.

Oh well. Only 21 months left. What could possibly go wrong in that length of time?

(While you're at it, also take a look at this piece by WaPo's Eugene Robinson. What have we become, America? How have George Bush and his thugs advanced the ideals of peace and honor and security? Anybody?

Oh, what a tangled web we weave...)

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