May 27, 2003
al-Qaeda in Iran
And I thought there were no al-Qaeda in Iran. In the same story there's evidence that the State Department is lacking ideas:
Flynt Leverett, a former National Security Council official now with the Saban Center on Middle East Policy, said the Pentagon wants a harder line on Iran, including cutting off all contacts and overthrow the Iranian government.
You can only win an argument with an argument. That's why the Pentagon has been winning the big foreign policy debates. For the State Department it's always the status quo. I'd love Powell to shake things up intellectually there, but from his history, that probably won't happen. Unless he has definitive force and an exit strategy, don't look for decisive action.
"U.S. Says Iran's Al Qaeda Arrests Fall Short"