Wow, in what seems as a direct slap in the face of President Bush, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that President Bush and his intelligence is flat out wrong. Stating that there is absolutely no evidence Iran is shipping arms to Iraqi terrorists...
JAKARTA, Indonesia Feb 13, 2007 (AP) — A top U.S. general said Tuesday there was no evidence the Iranian government was supplying Iraqi insurgents with highly lethal roadside bombs, apparently contradicting claims by other U.S. military and administration officials.
Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. forces hunting down militant networks that produced roadside bombs had arrested Iranians and that some of the material used in the devices were made in Iran.
"That does not translate that the Iranian government per se, for sure, is directly involved in doing this," Pace told reporters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. "What it does say is that things made in Iran are being used in Iraq to kill coalition soldiers."
Please note where he was speaking; in the heart of pacific militant Islam.
So, secure and newly devised weaponry were being found in Iraq along with their Iranian transporters, but there is no evidence Iran's government is involved. Hmm...So how did the weapons get out of the military's hands and into lowly iranians who felt compelled to take it personally to Iraqi militants who were once their enemies before Saddam was disposed.
So, we then get the obligatory comments.
From the report writers within Iraq:
Three senior military officials in Baghdad said Sunday that the highest levels of Iranian government were responsible for arming Shiite militants in Iraq with the bombs, blamed for the deaths of more than 170 U.S. troops.From the White House:
Asked Monday directly if the White House was confident that the weaponry is coming on the approval of the Iranian government, spokesman Tony Snow said, "Yes."And then of course, the AP has to get the enemies opinions; "What do you say to the audacious claim by the sleazy President Bush that you are sending vast amounts of weapons into Iraq personally?" What do you expect Iran to say??
"Such accusations cannot be relied upon or be presented as evidence. The United States has a long history in fabricating evidence. Such charges are unacceptable," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters in Tehran.Case closed for the AP.