Palestinian Hamas militants are serving as the "proxy warriors" for an Iran bent on destroying Israel and destabilizing the Middle East, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said here.
In a speech Tuesday to the American Jewish Committee in Washington that underscored growing US concerns about Tehran, Rice mentioned Iran as not just a threat in the Palestinian territories, but also in Lebanon, Iraq and even in Afghanistan.
Of course, as I've previously pointed out, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki is so concerned about Iran being a threat that he last August visited Iran to solicit their help in bolstering Iraq's security. In October, Iraq was so concerned about Iran being a threat that they contracted with them to build a power plant. As far back as two years ago, Iraq was so concerned about Iran being a threat that they even backed Iran's right to conduct nuclear research. And, of course, just one month ago, today, Iran proved such a threat to Iraq that an Iranian general actually helped end the outbreak of internecine Iraqi violence that exposed the Bush Administration's complete impotence and killed 925 Iraqis. But what would Iraq know about the Iranian threat?
Iran's threat to Afghanistan is also an ongoing story. As far back as 2005, Afghan President Hamid Karzai was seeking better relations and more trade with Iran. In 2007, Karzai directly contradicted Bush by calling Iran "a helper." But what would Afghanistan know about the Iranian threat?
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that sending a second U.S. aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf could serve as a "reminder" to Iran, but he said it's not an escalation of force.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with Mexican leaders, Gates said heightening U.S. criticism of Iran and its support for terror groups is not a signal that the administration is laying the groundwork for a strike against Tehran.
Not necessary laying the groundwork, but definitely making plans. Because one illegal, immoral, and unjustified war just might not be enough. In an American election year.