Rumors (Partially) Confirmed
Secretary of State Rice told the New York Times on Friday that recent actions against Iranian operatives in Iraq were authorized by a presidential order issued "several months ago." "'There has been a decision to go after these networks,' Ms. Rice said in an interview ... in her office on Friday afternoon, before leaving on a trip to the Middle East. Ms. Rice said Mr. Bush had acted 'after a period of time in which we saw increasing activity' among Iranians in Iraq, 'and increasing lethality in what they were producing.'"
"In adopting a more confrontational approach toward Iran, Mr. Bush has decisively rejected recommendations of the Iraq Study Group that he explore negotiations with Tehran as part of a new strategy to help quell the sectarian violence in Iraq."
Additionally, ABC News reports that massive new shipments of Iranian-made explosive devices have been detected, smuggled into Iraq bound for Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army (if we're detecting them, why exactly aren't we intercepting them?).
This apparent escalation - by both sides - is troubling in the extreme.