Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Here's the top graf of TP's this morning:
The New York Times leads with an anonymous "senior American intelligence official" telling the paper Hezbollah has played a role in training some members of Iraq's Shiite militia groups. According to the official, Hezbollah in Lebanon has trained anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 members of the Mahdi army, the group led by Muqtada Sadr, and some members of Hezbollah have gone into Iraq to help train militia members.
Isn't this one of those "no-shit-Sherlock" stories? Maybe it's just me, but I've assumed that this was going on from the get. I also have no doubt that Sunni's from throughout the region (they are the majority in the region after all) are bolstering the Sunni insurgents. Cheney was called on the carpet by Saudia Arabia (Sunni's), probably lobbying for the U.S. to side with them. This is why Iraq is already a regional war that is outside U.S. control.

It's later noted in the article that the timing of this "revelation" is suspicious given the momentum to recommend bringing Syria and Iran into negotiations over Iraq. They also note that "Iran wants a stable Iraq", which I doubt. As long as the U.S. is bogged down in Iraq, Iran wins.

Watching pundits, writers, officials and all manner of politician try to solve the Iraq problem is a bit like watching a group of people trying to solve a rubik's cube that is defectively unsolvable. Conventional wisdom comes and goes, except the one that says that Iraq is lost and the U.S. can only make things worse. Only the "dirty hippy" types are advocating getting the hell out, at least according to "some" pundits.

You gotta wonder just how bad it'll get before we have that moment.