The idea that the military of a foreign government could be labelled as a terrorist organization, which the New York Times reports is being considered by the Bush Administration:
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 — The Bush administration is preparing to declare that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps is a foreign terrorist organization, senior administration officials said Tuesday.
If imposed, the declaration would signal a more confrontational turn in the administration’s approach to Iran and would be the first time that the United States has added the armed forces of any sovereign government to its list of terrorist organizations.
The Revolutionary Guard is thought to be the largest branch of Iran’s military. While the United States has long labeled Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism, a decision to single out the guard would amount to an aggressive new challenge from an American administration that has recently seemed conflicted over whether to take a harder line against Tehran over its nuclear program and what American officials have called its destabilizing role in Iraq.
has got practically everybody baffled.
Cernig at The Newshoggers is highly critical of the idea:
Such a move also changes the playing field when it comes to producing evidence of alleged IRG meddling. Which is good for the White house because the evidence they have provided to date is slim, constantly changing its basic claims and often based entirely on hearsay, guesses or suspect interrogation methods. Instead of having to convince an entire international coalition and the UN that a formal war between nation-states is required, Bush can simply strike “terrorists” (a “police action”, not a war) and ignore any cries of illegality under international law.
Rick Moran doesn’t find it surprising and believes it’s yet another step towards the Bush Administration’s intended goal of military action against Iran:
I don’t think there is much doubt that this Administration has decided that if they can’t get satisfaction on Iraq and the nukes, then there will be some kind of military action taken against the Iranian regime. It appears that there has been a concerted effort over the last couple of months to point the finger at Iranian interference in Iraq. It has all the earmarks of a public relations campaign to sell the idea that the Iranians are killing Americans by supporting some Shia militias with arms and explosive devices.
Rick and I are in agreement that the use of force against Iran is a very bad one, indeed, however, I’m not as convinced as Rick is that’s what it all means.
I honestly don’t know what it means. IIRC whatever there might be in the way of Iranian assets in U. S. are already pretty well tied up. Could this be a move to enable the U. S. government to take action against foreign banks doing business with the IRG?