President Bush Has Agreed in Principle to a Proposal by Vice President Cheney That Limited Retaliatory Air Strikes against Some Iranian Military Facilities Should Take Place If Tehran Continues to Interfere in Iraq
President Bush has agreed in principle to a proposal by Vice President Cheney that limited retaliatory air strikes against some Iranian military facilities should take place if Tehran continues to interfere in Iraq. The Pentagon is already doing target selection on sites used to train Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen, currently responsible for 70 percent of U.S. casualties in Baghdad, and one source in the administration is suggesting that bombing could begin within a month. Both the White House and the Defense Department will continue to release new information implicating Iran in attacks on American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and are counting on allies in Congress and the media to help make the case for a military response. The decision to authorize retaliatory attacks was made at a late July White House meeting chaired by the vice president.
Interference by Iran in Iraq is clearly taking place, but the question is to what extent and on whose authority. The U.S. command continues to report the discovery of arms caches that are alleged to be Iranian in origin and to make arrests of Iranian "agents. …