US forces have stormed an Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil and seized six members of staff.Now that the Bush Administration is finally doing what we want, the only question is why it didn't start on this path much, much earlier.
The troops raided the building at about 0300 (0001GMT), taking away computers and papers, according to Kurdish media and senior local officials.
The US military would only confirm the detention of six people around Irbil.
Tehran said the attack violated all international conventions. It has summoned ambassadors from Switzerland, representing US interests, and Iraq.
Malaise, incompetence, fear of taking a harder line, ignorance?
I'm grateful for the change in policy, and I hope this is the start of a harder line towards those sowing terror and confusion in Iraq and their proxy master in Iran. But, really, this is the approach he should have been using for at least the last two years, instead of allowing Iran and Syria to control the stakes. What kept him from it?