The Lady Speaks

How Very…Eenteresting

Since I’m trying to be a good girl who doesn’t refresh too often during the Libby live-blogging going on over at FireDogLake, I’ve been keeping myself distracted by surfing the net.

From Newsweek, via The Blue Herald comes this little tidbit to induce nausea:

But the fact remains that the longstanding war of words between Washington and Tehran is edging toward something more dangerous. A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and NEWSWEEK has learned that a third carrier will likely follow. Iran shot off a few missiles in those same tense waters last week, in a highly publicized test. With Americans and Iranians jousting on the chaotic battleground of Iraq, the chances of a small incident’s spiraling into a crisis are higher than they’ve been in years.

As Question Girl says, “Someone sneezes, and we’re at war.”

And here’s George Bush, tickling his nose with a feather:

America today blamed Iran for the deaths of 170 US troops inside Iraq, accusing Teheran of supplying insurgents with increasingly sophisticated bombs.

Senior defence officials in Baghdad said that Iranian-supplied “explosively formed projectiles” were frequently being used against coalition forces.

They said the “highest levels” of Iran’s regime were responsible for giving them to Shia militias in Iraq.

Steven D has a post up at Booman Tribune explaining why this is – how do you say it? Questionable...fake...Bullsh*t?

This is the photo in the Telegraph article:

And here’s the very interesting part, from Steven D:

What’s wrong about this picture? Several things. The absence of dating using the Iranian calendar for one thing. The use of the Roman alphabet for the markings on the shell, rather than the use of Farsi, for another.

[snip]

Isn’t that odd? Iranian armaments, including mortar shells, have markings in the Farsi language on them when discovered in the Sudan in 1997, but Iranian arms alleged to have killed 170 US soldiers in Iraq have no Farsi markings on them when captured in 2007. Even odder, most US troop deaths (by far) have occurred in the Sunni areas of Iraq (e.g., Anbar province, around Tikrit, West Baghdad), but these Iranian arms are supposedly being delivered to Shi’a militias.

I can’t tell whether I’ve got the stomach flu or the “George Bush is going to blow up the world” flu.

Meanwhile, back in Iraq:

Twin car bombs in central Baghdad have killed up to 120 people and wounded more than 150.

The blasts on Monday shattered the mainly Shia area on the first anniversary of the bombing of the Al Askari mosque in Samarra, north of the capital.

[snip]

The blasts appeared timed to mark the end of a national 15-minute pause for reflection called by Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, on the first anniversary of Samarra shrine attack.

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February 12, 2007 - Posted by | America, Bush, Cheney, Government, Intelligence, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Pentagon, Politics, US Military, War, White House

4 Comments »

  1. We keep blogging about this, I do not know how many posts and newspaper articles I did read today on the same subject, and yet…
    I am afraid you have – “George Bush is going to blow up the world” flu.

    Comment by balkanbalkan | February 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. What’s wrong with that? They are learning to write like real men. Now. Farsi is sooo outdated!

    Comment by Shaikh | February 12, 2007 | Reply

  3. balkanbalkan: I think a million people could stand outside the perimeter of the White House, with millions more protesting in every city, town, and village in America, and George would still pull the trigger on Iran.

    Yeah, I think that’s what I have.

    Shaikh: *snicker* That’s it. Writing in the Roman alphabet and using the Gregorian calendar is so 21st century, they just had to switch over from what they’d been using.

    Comment by PA_Lady | February 12, 2007 | Reply

  4. I am sure it is all part of a “broad terroristic conspiracy” to make G.W. look bad. Wonder when the sheep will replace the elephant as the G.O.P. symbol.
    Now lets all line up behind our shepherd and follow him right off that cliff.
    Heaven help us all.

    Comment by mom | February 13, 2007 | Reply


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