Petraeus Points to War With Iran
by Patrick J. Buchanan
may yet get their war on Iran.
Ever since President Nouri al-Maliki ordered the
attacks in Basra on the Mahdi Army, Gen. David Petraeus has been laying the predicate for U.S. air strikes on Iran
and a wider war in the Middle East.
told the Senate Armed Services Committee, has "fueled the recent violence
in a particularly damaging way through its lethal support of the special
groups" are "funded, trained, armed and directed by Iran's Quds Force with help from Lebanese Hezbollah. It was these
groups that launched Iranian rockets and mortar rounds at Iraq's seat of
government (the Green Zone) ... causing loss of innocent life and fear in the
Is the Iranian government
aware of this – and behind it?
"President Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders" promised to end
their "support for the special groups," said the general, but the
"nefarious activities of the Quds force have
Are Iranians then murdering
Americans, asked Joe Lieberman:
"Is it fair to say that
the Iranian-backed special groups in Iraq are responsible for the murder
of hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of Iraqi soldiers and
"It certainly is. ...
That is correct," said Petraeus.
The following day, Petraeus told the House Armed Services Committee,
"Unchecked, the 'special groups' pose the greatest long-term threat to the
viability of a democratic Iraq."
Translation: The United States is now fighting the proxies of Iran for the future of Iraq.
The general's testimony is
forcing Bush's hand, for consider the question it logically raises: If the Quds Force and Hezbollah, both designated as terrorist
organizations, are arming, training and directing "special groups" to
"murder" Americans, and rocket and mortar the Green Zone to kill our
diplomats, and they now represent the No. 1 threat to a free Iraq, why has Bush
failed to neutralize these base camps of terror and aggression?
Hence, be not surprised if
President Bush appears before the TV cameras, one day soon, to declare:
"My commanding general
in Iraq, David Petraeus, has told me that Iran,
with the knowledge of President Ahmadinejad, has
become a privileged sanctuary for two terrorist organizations – Hezbollah and
the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard –
to train, arm and direct terrorist attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, despite
repeated promises to halt this murderous practice.
"I have therefore
air and naval forces to begin air strikes on these base camps of terror. Our
attacks will continue until the Iranian attacks cease."
Because of the failures of a
Democratic Congress elected to end the war, Bush can now make a compelling case
that he would be acting fully within his authority as commander-in-chief.
In early 2007, Nancy Pelosi
pulled down a resolution that would have denied Bush the authority to attack Iran without
congressional approval. In September, both Houses passed the Kyl-Lieberman resolution designating the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.
Courtesy of Congress, Bush
thus has a blank check for war on Iran. And the signs are growing
that he intends to fill it in and cash it.
Israel has been hurling invective
and conducting security drills to prepare its population for rocket barrages
worse than those Hezbollah delivered in the Lebanon War.
Adm. William "Fox"
Fallon, the Central Command head who opposed war with Iran, has been
removed. Hamas and Hezbollah have been stocking up on
Qassam and Katyusha
Vice President Cheney has
lately toured Arab capitals.
And President Ahmadinejad just made international headlines by declaring
that Tehran will begin installing 6,000 advanced
centrifuges to accelerate Iran's
enrichment of uranium.
This is Bush's last chance
to strike and, when Iran
responds, to effect its nuclear castration. Are Bush and Cheney likely to pass
up this last chance to destroy Iran's
nuclear facilities and effect the election of John McCain? For any attack on Iran's
would rally the GOP and drive a
wedge between Obama and Hillary.
Indeed, Sen. Clinton, who
voted to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, could
hardly denounce Bush for ordering air strikes on the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, when Petraeus
testified, in her presence, that it is behind the serial murder of U.S.
The Iranians may sense what
is afoot. For Tehran helped broker the truce in
the Maliki-Sadr clash in Basra, and has called for a halt to the
mortar and rocket attacks on the Green Zone.
With a friendly regime in Baghdad that rolled out the red carpet for Ahmadinejad,
nothing to gain by war. Already, it is the big winner from the U.S. wars that took down Tehran's Taliban enemies, decimated its
al-Qaeda enemies and destroyed its Sunni enemies, Saddam and his Baath Party.
No, it is not Iran that wants a war with the United States.
It is the United States that
has reasons to want a short, sharp war with Iran.