5 years, 8 months ago
“Iran is very directly supporting extremist Shiite groups which are killing our troops,” said Adm. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “There is no question they are shipping high-tech weapons in there…that are killing our people. And the forensics prove that.”
Of course, we have known since the inception of Operation Iraqi Freedom that the Iranians were killing Americans in Iraq. Now, we learn of strong supicions of Iranian snipers in Afghanistan.
Maj. Gen. John Toolan, the top Marine general in Afghanistan, told National Journal that the sniper threat was particularly acute in contested regions of Helmand like Sangin and Garesh, where NATO forces are battling Taliban fighters trying to reclaim some of their former strongholds. Despite a counter-offensive from insurgents, the military said coalition troops control most of Helmand and the level of violence there is declining.
Toolan, who runs NATO’s Regional Command Southwest, said many of the snipers attacking his troops speak Farsi or Arabic, meaning that the fighters likely come from Iran and other neighboring countries. Other U.S. officials in Afghanistan say Iran has significantly escalated its support for militants there, providing long-range rockets, money, and technical assistance. Tehran denies the charges, but Toolan said some of the snipers appear to have been trained outside of Afghanistan.
The military leaders have no problem saying that Iran is at war with America. Why can’t our civilian leadership just simply admit and publicly state that they know that Iran has been at war with the United Stated for at least a quarter century? Wouldn’t it do our civilian leaders some good to engage in a little truth telling – good for international relations, good for the American public, and good for their souls?
The answer, of course, is what I have advocated for several years. No open war (just yet), no happy talk with the Iranians. Engage in a campaign of targeted assassinations against military leaders, foment an insurgency within Iran, and support the Green movement. An Iran that is worried about its own government being toppled hasn’t the time to waste causing trouble in the rest of the world.