09/12/2007 04:40 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Petraeus And Iran: Establishing a Casus Belli?

The most troubling part about General Petraeus' report to Congress this week had little to do with Iraq. His bald statements about Iran should give us all pause. Here's the New Jesus speaking from high atop the Hill, passing down as fact what is in many cases contested intelligence about Iran's involvement in Iraq.

Accepted unconditionally as intelligence gospel, Petraeus' testimony could clearly lay the groundwork for a casus belli for a strike against Tehran.
A sampler from his testimony:

* We have also disrupted Shia militia extremists, capturing the head and numerous other leaders of the Iranian-supported Special Groups, along with a senior Lebanese Hezbollah operative supporting Iran's activities in Iraq.

* Malign actions by Syria and, especially, by Iran fuel that violence.

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