SpecOps In Iran? Cheering A Concept
While Seymour Hersh is (again) busy telling us breathlessly about what the US military and intelligence is supposedly up to inside Iran, let's keep in mind that this is not necessarily a brand-spanking-new thought process. Sometimes it is difficult to tell where Uncle Seymour's base fact(s) morph into another gripping novel for the beach, but for the moment, let's flashback to October of last year.
RapidRecon: Special Forces Ops in Iran
Britain’s Sunday Times reports that British SAS and American and Australian Special Forces have been engaged in operations inside the Iranian border to interdict weapons shipments.There have been at least half a dozen intense firefights between the SAS and arms smugglers, a mixture of Iranians and Shi’ite militiamen.That this is happening is less surprising than its reporting. Of course the US and allied forces would want to keep this quiet. But, considering the apparently nasty engagements, Iran’s silence on it is more telling than might otherwise meet the eye.
The unreported fighting straddles the border between Iran and Iraq and has also involved the Iranian military firing mortars into Iraq. UK commanders are concerned that Iran is using a militia ceasefire to step up arms supplies in preparation for an offensive against their base at Basra airport.
An SAS squadron is carrying out operations along the Iranian border in Maysan and Basra provinces with other special forces, the Australian SAS and American special-operations troops.They are patrolling the border, ambushing arms smugglers bringing in surface-to-air missiles and components for roadside bombs. “Last month, they were involved in six significant contacts, which killed 17 smugglers and recovered weapons, explosives and missiles,” a source said. It was not clear if any of the dead were Iranian.
Besides all that silly 'stopping the flow of Iranian weapons' mess in order to protect American and Iraqi forces, Seymour Hersh is going to have to work harder to convince me that destabilizing the regime that commands the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism is somehow a bad thing.
Fact or fiction, three cheers from here on the concept. Sorry, Uncle Seymour. Not quite the reaction you may have been hoping for?
Update: The doctor is 'IN.'
And so I imagine his doctor saying to him: “Well, Mr. Hersh, it seems you’re an obsessive/ compulsive neurotic, doesn’t it? You keep writing the same story over and over again, with minor variations, year after year.”
And I hear Hersh saying: “Yes, but it feels so good when I finish writing it, Doctor. Every time. And they even pay me for it.”