I did not fail to notice, and most certainly pondered the possibilites, when President Bush said in his speech last night:
[Iran and Syria] are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We’ll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.
And sure enough, first thing this morning, there’s this in the Times:
5 Iranians Detained at Consular Office
American forces backed by helicopters raided the Iranian consulate in the mainly Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq before dawn today, detaining at least five Iranian employees in the building and seizing some property, according to Iraqi and Iranian officials and witnesses.
Well, now. That didn’t take long, did it?
Mind you, I’m not especially whining about the sanctity of diplomatic immunity with regard to Iranians. That’s a laugh, frankly. No, more I’m wondering if we are going to be trying to provoke Iran into something.
Along with surge, there was talk late last year about committing more troops to Iraq and calling it doubling down. Now, technically, doubling down is something you do, in blackjack anyway, when you’ve got a really good hand. Seems like they really meant to say double or nothing, something you say when you’ve lost.
And then there was go big, go long, or go home, the three options. And but then the fourth option is to go wide. And going wide is the part of the equation that includes Iran. And that’s what this morning’s raid looks like.