Iraq's defense minister on Wednesday accused neighboring Iran and Syria of supporting terrorists in his country and charged that a senior Iraqi Shiite was leading a "pro-Iranian" coalition into next month's national elections.
Defense Minister Hazem Shaalann is accusing Iran and Syria of funding and training members of al Qaeda. What this means is that the U.S. military may be heading off to Damascus and Tehran in the near future.
I believe there are two reasons for this: 1) Since Iraq is now the one leveling charges against Iran and Syria, it will appear to the rest of the world that the U.S. is simply honoring its commitment to working closely with Iraq's new democratic governmentthus dispelling the notion that we merely set up another puppet regime. 2) George W. Bush is a lame duck with absolutely nothing to lose by expanding this misguided crusade. He has, as he says, "political capital," and he's going to spend it.
Unfortunately, America's young men and women in uniform will be the ones asked to pay the price.