The Thought is the Father to the Deed
From the Guardian:
Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say. ...
"We expect that al-Qaida and Iran will both attempt to increase the propaganda and increase the violence prior to Petraeus's report in September [when the US commander General David Petraeus will report to Congress on President George Bush's controversial, six-month security "surge" of 30,000 troop reinforcements]," the official said. ...
US officials now say they have firm evidence that Tehran has switched tack as it senses a chance of victory in Iraq. In a parallel development, they say they also have proof that Iran has reversed its previous policy in Afghanistan and is now supporting and supplying the Taliban's campaign against US, British and other Nato forces.
The US political system has really left itself open to this. And the basic reason is simple. There is no bipartisan support for victory. There may not even be a bipartisan consensus that the US is at war. Many individuals will maintain with a straight face that al-Qaeda and Iran are only embarked on hostilities with America because they have somehow been provoked. And that it is not too late, even now, to make nice with them. Whether one agrees with this analysis or not, it's fair to say that the notion America can negotiate an end to fighting or that it can withdraw from Iraq without any adverse strategic consequences is a widely held point of view.
One really can't blame Iran from reinforcing a belief many are half-prepared -- even eager -- to embrace. Maybe we can coin a new epigram for these enlightened times. "Defeat has a thousand fathers. Victory is an orphan."