So Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff comes out with these lovely jewels http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6360469.stm
"We know that the explosively formed projectiles are manufactured in Iran," Gen Pace said while visiting Australia.
"But I would not say by what I know that the Iranian government clearly knows or is complicit."
"What [the evidence] does say is that things made in Iran are being used in Iraq to kill coalition soldiers."
which, forgive me, seems to pretty well contradict this http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6362307.stm
President Bush has insisted a branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guards is linked to some attacks on US troops in Iraq.
The US was "certain", he said, that the force was providing a weapon known as an EFP, which the US says has been used in particularly deadly attacks.
And for anyone tired of me being a BBC-pundit heres the NYTimes
President Bush said Wednesday that he was certain that factions within the Iranian government had supplied Shiite militants in Iraq with deadly roadside bombs that had killed American troops.
So which is it?
Of note in this to me is that the military is publicly countering the administration. Thats the kind of thing that you lose your career over. You only draw that line when you know disaster is looming.
For anyone who doesn't know the Army has been enacting Stop-loss policies for a while now. Stop-loss isn't quite the last step before a draft, but in this scenario it might be. See, standard policy post stop loss, I believe (and if you know better please correct me) is to activate the reserves and National Guard. Problem is, we started with that maneuver, which was wrong, but as long as I can't change history I'm not up to debate that point.
We're stretched to our limits now; we've over-reached. Any thought of action in Iran is beyond folly.
I'm of the opinion that the Joint Chiefs of Staff know this.