Andrew C. McCarthy explains at NR why the President’s warning to Iran and Syria amounts to less than meets the eye.
In any event, most telling was one administration official’s sense that our forces in Iraq had “sure sent a signal to the Iranians” by detaining the Iranian military officials who were captured in raids in mid-December. Yet, even as the president was preparing his new strategy, even as he was readying the words of warning he uttered so forcefully last night, those Iranians were released by the Maliki government and sent back to Iran after about a week in custody.
What signal can this have sent? This one: If you”re an Iranian in Iraq helping to kill American troops, the comeuppance is that we”ll hold you for a few days and then send you back home.
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