This, in today’s Washington Post quite scares the living crap out of me.
The designation of the Revolutionary Guard will be made under Executive Order 13224, which President Bush signed two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to obstruct terrorist funding. It authorizes the United States to identify individuals, businesses, charities and extremist groups engaged in terrorist activities. The Revolutionary Guard would be the first national military branch included on the list, U.S. officials said — a highly unusual move because it is part of a government, rather than a typical non-state terrorist organization.
Let’s see, picking fights with Iran’s military, asserting extended presidential powers, based on his OWN executive order of “Nine-Elebben”; waiting until Congress is out of town to do it, etcetera, etcetera. This is another step in a pattern, but steps are combined and the direction seems increasingly apparent.
They’re rattling the sabers but America doesn’t quite seem to be listening. And to what end? We cannot possibly engage in a land war with Iran, and it would seem foolish to proke them. But we do.
Well, foolishness in the pursuit of a crapulous foreign policy is not entirely out of character. The lame duck may yet bring the whole farm down with him.