CBS News: U.S. Commanders "Not Allowed To Comment Publicly" On Lethal Iranian Aid
4:49 PM, Oct 8, 2009 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
CBS News reports (emphasis added):
This raises some thoughts/questions:
1. None of this surprising. We've long known that Iran is providing this type of assistance to the Taliban. DNI Dennis Blair discussed Iran's "lethal" aid in his written responses to questions posed by the Senate Select Intelligence Committee back in February. General Stanley McChrystal discusses it in his leaked Afghanistan strategy document. And other U.S. military officials have previously discussed this as well. Butâ€¦
2. Why is there now, reportedly, a gag order on U.S. commanders with respect to Iran's lethal aid? Why aren't they allowed to talk about the mullahs sponsoring attacks on Americans? Did the DOD specifically order U.S. military personnel to stop talking about this? If so, why? Shouldn't the press be asking the Obama administration these questions?
3. The anonymous officials cited here are worried that the U.S. doesn't have a strategy for dealing with Iran's handiwork in Afghanistan. That's likely at least part of the reason they spilled the beans to CBS News. Are they right? What is the Obama administration's plan for dealing with this? Or, does this not fit the White House's "al Qaeda only" strategy (if we can call it that) for Afghanistan?