'A plot to die for'
points to a good CSM summary
of the British-Iranian confrontation. Another good overview comes from David Ignatius
, who notes the spook scuttlebutt that the hostage taking may be tied to the recent disappearance/defection of former Revolutionary Guard officer Ali Reza Asgari, who may have been the target of a "false flag" operation by Israeli Mossad officers posing as Western intelligence agents. Cool stuff, if true. ... And, yes, by pure coincidence, I just got a copy of the new paperback edition of Mark Bowden's 'Guests of the Ayatollah.'
It just moved to the top on my reading list. ... Charles
rightly notes that Iraq is now more strategically important than Afghanistan and that Dem congressional leaders don't get it. True. But Iraq didn't have
to be the key strategic focus. The administration made it a key strategic focus and first-class mess by invading it in the first place. ...