Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei said "...Americans & Israelis are both politically paralyzed. Neither can take decisive action against Iran..."
Those stunning statements were made last year. They demonstrate that the Mullahs were planning to expand their terror war all along and are brazen enough to brag that all of the terrorists are in their employ. So, why have we been offering carrots to Iran's terrorist leaders, when their own plainly stated objectives clearly show they will only respond to sticks---and they are confident we dont have either the sticks or the stick-to-it-iveness it takes to sustain prolonged conflict or significant casualties because we are politically paralyzed?
From where did Iran's Supreme Leader draw these conclusions? There is one glaring answer. They have observed---no doubt with much glee---that the anti-war hard-left's political and media war against the Bush Administration on all fronts, sabotaging our intelligence community's efforts, and demoralizing our troops who are prosecuting the war have exacted a price too dear, making us appear to be in a weakened holding pattern and lacking the resolve to stay the course and win the war.
And, of course, they have been buying time to complete their nuclear enrichment in order to produce nuclear weapons, while toying with the goodie-bag-promoting appeasement negotiators as a cat toys with a mouse---before killing it. Not to satisfy the hunger for food. Only to satisfy the deep-seated hunger for the killing.
Actually, it is Iran et al who are between a rock and a hard place. First, they see that the war in Iraq has turned a corner, Iraqi civilians are now helping the war effort, and many of Iran's terrorists and terrorist leaders in Iraq have been killed. Second, they know they are in a battle against time for completion of their nuclear enrichment before the international effort to stop them gels.
So they stir up a hornet's nest for Israel on two fronts---to gin up Islamic support throughout the Middle East against Israel and the U.S.---and continue trying to foment civil war in Iraq by playing two ends against the middle and infiltrating Iraqi police ranks. All while saber-rattling and threatening all out devastating war.
Me, I believe terrorist Iran has over-played its hand and exposed its game plan. I also believe there is only a small window of opportunity to nip their outrageous terrorist offensive in the bud and hold them accountable. Hopefully, our government and allies will not drag their feet and fail to act strongly to stop Iran now---before that window slams shut and Iran's Islamo-fascist Supreme Leader, who is on a messianic mission, has his finger on the nuclear-weapons button.
Read about it in excerpts below and in Ledeen's *****Five Star, must read piece here.
"No one should have any lingering doubts about what’s going on in the Middle East. It’s war, and it now runs from Gaza into Israel, through Lebanon and thence to Iraq via Syria. There are different instruments, ranging from Hamas in Gaza to Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon and on to the multifaceted “insurgency” in Iraq. But there is a common prime mover, and that is the Iranian mullahcracy, the revolutionary Islamic fascist state that declared war on us 27 years ago and has yet to be held accountable.
It is very good news that the White House immediately denounced Iran and Syria, just as Ambassador Khalilzad had yesterday tagged the terrorist Siamese twins as sponsors of terrorism in Iraq.
For those who doubt the Iranian hand, remind yourself that Hezbollah is a wholly owned subsidiary of the mullahcracy (with Syria providing some supplies, and free run of the territory), and then read what Iraq the Model had to say...:
Hizbollah is Iran's and Syria's partner in feeding instability in Iraq as there were evidence that this terror group has a role in equipping and training insurgents in Iraq and Hizbollah had more than once openly showed support for the “resistance” in Iraq and sponsored the meetings of Baathist and radical Islamist militants who are responsible for most of the violence in Iraq.
Notice, please, that he says Iran “sponsored the meetings of Baathist and radical Islamist militants...” He is talking Sunnis here, the same Sunnis who, according to CIA deep thinkers and scads of academic experts, cannot possibly work closely with Shiites like, ahem, the mullahs of Tehran. Iraq the Model isn’t burdened by this wisdom, and so he just reports what he sees on the ground in his own country.
Notice also that over the weekend there was a “security summit” in Tehran, involving all of Iraq’s neighbors, at which Iran’s moonbat President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made one of his trademark understatements about Israel. “The existence of this regime will bring nothing but suffering and misery for people in the region,” he mildly commented, and then said that the anger of the people might soon “lead to a vast explosion that will know no boundaries. Sounds to me like he knew something before the rest of us..."