Word this morning from the London Times that Iran had forces on the ground at Basra:

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.

Dr Daniel Goure, a defence analyst at the Lexington Institute in Virginia, said: “There is no question that Petraeus will be tough on Iran. It is one thing to withdraw troops when there is purely sectarian fighting but it is another thing if it leaves the Iranians to move in.”

Quite correct, and that the general sees this is encouraging.  Then again, I have questions about the sanity of anyone who figured Iran wasn’t a part of this picture from the outset. That’s the thing about wolves; they’re opportunistic, and always hungry.

And of course the Democrats attempt to play down this problem have emboldened them.  It’s not like they didn’t know… which is exactly why both Clinton and Obama have not solidly committed to remove us from Iraq. THey know what’s at stake.

Bluto notes the same link and quips:

Countdown to slanderous Leftist attack on the general’s veracity, and/or apologia for the barbaric Iranian mullahcracy in 3…2…1..

You mean they’d actually wait that long, Bluto?

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