So says the head of the CIA in a recent question-and-answer session.
Here's the money quote:
CIA Director Michael Hayden said Wednesday that Iranian policy, at the highest government level, is to help kill Americans in Iraq, the boldest pronouncement of Iranian involvement by a U.S. official to date.
Hayden made the statement in response to a student question while delivering the Landon Lecture at Kansas State University.
"It is my opinion, it is the policy of the Iranian government, approved to highest level of that government, to facilitate the killing of Americans in Iraq," Hayden said. "Just make sure there's clarity on that."
This isn't the first time the Mullahs have gotten away with committing acts of war against the nation they steadfastly refer to as 'Great Satan'.
In 1979, Iranian "students" invaded the US Embassy, held diplomats hostage, tortured them, and threatened them with execution. This continued for 15 months without letup. Eventually, the US struck a deal with the mullahs--in essence paid a hefty ransom--so that the hostages could be released.
In 1983, Iranian terrorist proxies bombed the US Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing almost 300 Americans. The US response? Immediate and unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon (and this was when Reagan was commander-in-chief).
In 1996, a US military housing complex in Saudi Arabia called Khobar Towers was bombed, killing 19 Air Force personnel. The trail of evidence again pointed to Iran. But with the bombers under the likely protection of Iran, and safely away from the reach of justice, nothing else was done.
And since 2003, US troops have been killed directly by Iranian forces inside Iraq.
All together, this is at least four separate acts of war committed by Iran against the United States over the past 30 years, all resulting in the death of Americans, destruction of millions (if not billions) in property, and causing grievous harm to US interests in the region and beyond.
So, Director Hayden, what is the US going to do about Iranian policy? If past history is any guide, the likely US response will be to continue doing nothing. Doing nothing, actually, would constitute progress of a sort. Previous US responses to Iran's wanton acts of aggression and murder have rewarded Tehran quite handsomely.
No wonder the Iranians think God is on their side.