IRANIAN forces were involved in the recent battle for Basra, General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq, is expected to tell Congress this week.
Military and intelligence sources believe Iranians were operating at a tactical command level with the Shi’ite militias fighting Iraqi security forces; some were directing operations on the ground, they think.
Petraeus intends to use the evidence of Iranian involvement to argue against any reductions in US forces.
Senator Obama is within a few weeks of clinching the Democrats’ nomination and he has not been pressed on Iran. When the subject has come up at all, Obama has retreated into his trade-mark ambiguity dressed up in soaring rhetoric. His generalities about meeting with Ahmadinejad underscore that Obama’s not prepared or even informed on the subject, but the MSM is allowing him to march to Denver without engaging in an extended conversation about what to do with the increasing militancy of Iran (and its proxy Hezbollah). This is one of the greatest failures of American journalism. Imagine the 1940 campaign being conducted without FDR or Wilkie commenting on the war in Europe.
When Jimmy Carter campaigned in 1976, no one knew that Tehran would be engulfed in revolution and that they Ayatollah Khomeini would dominate Carter and his foreign policy.
In 2008 everyone should know that Khomeini’s successors will present the greatest challenges to America over the next four years. Letting one of the candidates slide past a searching inquiry of his views on how to either contain or confront Iran is astonishing.