Monday, February 12, 2007

Not Exactly a Consensus Judgment

Nobody thinks that Iran is not assisting the Shia in Iraq.

The important thing to consider is whether the level of Iranian help is really making any real difference in the situation. The Iraq NIE says no.

Which brings us to the real issue. Does Iran's actions vis รก vis Iraq constitute a casus belli? (It doesn't.)

With so much official U.S. buildup about the purported evidence of Iranian influence in Iraq, the briefing was also notable for what was not said or shown. The officials offered no evidence to substantiate allegations that the "highest levels" of the Iranian government had sanctioned support for attacks against U.S. troops. Also, the military briefers were not joined by U.S. diplomats or representatives of the CIA or the office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The delay in getting around to presenting yesterday's previously announced briefing and the absence of representatives of the other Country Team components strongly indicates an institutional battle over the extent of the Iranian "meddling" (Orwellian U.S. usage) in Iraq.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's funny. When Iran does it, it's meddling. When the U.S. does it, it's helping.

What a dysfunctional planet.

Stop the world! I want to get off!


2/12/2007 1:46 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


Projection, plain and simple.

And the Jungian Thing.

2/12/2007 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liked this line in the article:
To overcome the darkness within all of us we must first recognise that darkness.

painful work, huh?

And yes, we live in a duality ... Haven't seen the movie and I'm not sure I'd like to... there are so many disturbing images assaulting us everyday...

Thanks for the link, Eff.


2/13/2007 11:41 AM  
Blogger Effwit said...


Yep. But bringing the Shadow into the light is important.

The movie is not one of my favorite from the Kubrick oeuvre, but is -- as per usual -- filled with heavy symbolic stuff, initiated wisdom, etc.

2/13/2007 12:30 PM  

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