Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq.Carrier strike groups cannot help our ground troops fight the insurgency in Iraq's cities. Patriot air defense systems cannot be used to win the guerrilla war taking place in Iraq's streets.
Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq. We are also taking other steps to bolster the security of Iraq and protect American interests in the Middle East. I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region. We will expand intelligence-sharing and deploy Patriot air defense systems to reassure our friends and allies.
When Saudis supported by Afghanistan attacked the U.S., Mr. Bush attacked Iraq. And now that our troops dying by the score in Iraq and Mr. Bush... attacks Iran?!?
It doesn't make sense, but it does follow a pattern.
Update: I'm not the only one.
Update II: More...
Update III: From Mark Silva of your Chicago Tribune:
The White House wants to make one thing perfectly clear: The U.S. is not preparing for war in Iran or Syria.Well, that would be reassuring if the Bush White House had any -- ANY -- credibility left.