[Marxism] Revolt of the puppets

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Mar 15 08:28:36 MST 2006


US general says no proof Iran behind Iraq arms
Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:41 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday the 
United States does not have proof that Iran's government is responsible for 
Iranians smuggling weapons and military personnel into Iraq.

President George W. Bush said on Monday components from Iran were being 
used in powerful roadside bombs used in Iraq, and Defense Secretary Donald 
Rumsfeld said last week that Iranian Revolutionary Guard personnel had been 
inside Iraq.

Asked whether the United States has proof that Iran's government was behind 
these developments, Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the 
military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon briefing, "I do not, sir."

"Unless you physically see it in a government-sponsored vehicle or with 
government-sponsored troops, you can't know it," Rumsfeld said at the same 
briefing. "All you know is that you find equipment, weapons, explosives, 
whatever, in a country that came from the neighboring country."

"With respect to people, it's very difficult to tie a thread precisely to 
the government of Iran," Rumsfeld added.

Washington's charges about Iranian weapons and personnel in Iraq have added 
to tensions between the United States and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.

Rumsfeld reiterated that there was evidence that Revolutionary Guard 
personnel had been in Iraq, and said, "It's entirely possible there are 
rogue elements and they're just there on their own or they're pilgrims. Not 
likely."

Bush said on Monday, referring to improvised explosive devices: "Some of 
the most powerful IEDs we're seeing in Iraq today includes components that 
came from Iran."

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