Saturday, April 15, 2006

Iran Warns US Against Military Action

From Agence France Presse:
Iran said it could defeat any American military action over its controversial nuclear drive, in one of the Islamic regime's boldest challenges yet to the United States.

"You can start a war but it won't be you who finishes it," said General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the head of the Revolutionary Guards and among the regime's most powerful figures.

"The Americans know better than anyone that their troops in the region and in Iraq are vulnerable. I would advise them not to commit such a strategic error," he told reporters on the sidelines of a pro-Palestinian conference in Tehran.
It's tempting to shrug this off as more raving, but it's actually a canny assessment of the situation.
"I would advise them to first get out of their quagmire in Iraq before getting into an even bigger one," General Safavi said with a grin.
Safavi's sly choice of words is proof that America's enemies listen carefully to what the American Left is saying.

Partisan bickering in the United States has gone far beyond the "loyal opposition" stage and has created the perception in much of the world that we don't have the will to continue our fight against terrorism. That perception may be correct.

As a result, the only answer to Iran's challenge may be tactical nuclear weapons.