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To: The Pack Knight
That could be a motive for this move. Iran senses that we lack the political will to do anything, so they’re calculating that they’ll be able to weaken us politically in Iraq, which can only work to their benefit.

That's very good insight. Makes sense to me. The incident *seems* to be over but it sure gives a lot to think about.

49 posted on 12/18/2009 7:47:49 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: paulycy

I’m not sure if it’s “over” or “ongoing”, but it sure looks like Iraq has just stepped up the rhetoric -

Iranians Reportedly Launch Attacks in Disputed Iraqi Oil Area
Friday, December 18, 2009

DEVELOPING: Iranians have been launching attacks in a disputed Iraqi oil area over the past few days, Iraq’s deputy minister said, Reuters reported.


51 posted on 12/18/2009 7:53:59 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: paulycy

Yeah, I wrote that before I saw that it was only 11 guys. If I was right, then it was an awfully tentative move. They probably could have rolled in in battalion strength with little response.

They could just be testing the local Iraqi commander’s decision loop. Or it could have just been 11 yahoos feeling frisky from their whiskey.


56 posted on 12/18/2009 8:25:56 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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