Friday, January 12, 2007

Bush's secret war almost turns into a shootout with "friendly" Kurdish peshmerga

The headlines were about the Iranian diplomats we captured in that little commando raid in Kurdistan. The fine print was about a second, related operation, in which U.S. forces almost got into a shootout with Kurdish peshmerga guarding the airport we were raiding.
Later Thursday, U.S. forces staged a second raid, attempting to enter Irbil airport and abduct a group of unidentified individuals, he said.

Members of a Kurdish paramilitary force known as peshmerga confronted the Americans when they refused to identify themselves, and a gun battle was narrowly averted "at the 11th hour," said Zebari.

He said U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told him that the first raid was aimed at people who were trying to harm U.S. troops. Khalilzad said he was unaware of the operation at the airport.
This is the secret war Steve Clemons warned about in the Washington Note?
Washington intelligence, military and foreign policy circles are abuzz today with speculation that the President, yesterday or in recent days, sent a secret Executive Order to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director of the CIA to launch military operations against Syria and Iran.

The President may have started a new secret, informal war against Syria and Iran without the consent of Congress or any broad discussion with the country.
Supposedly, the Kurds are our best allies in Iraq, and the peshmerga are the only Iraqi military we can trust not to shoot us in the back or set us up for IED attacks. So we can't even let them know when we're carrying out an operation on their turf? Really fills you with confidence that Bush and his neocon enablers know what they're doing, doesn't it?

Which is it: Are they planning to attack Iran, or are they just going to stumble in?

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