Video: Iran has pulled Hezbollah and the Quds Force out of Iraq?

posted at 7:50 pm on September 10, 2007 by Allahpundit

That’s the word from the man in charge. It’s news to me, at least, and it looks like it’s news to Jim Geraghty too. Duncan Hunter didn’t follow up on the question and I’m unaware of anyone else who did, which is curious given how stark some of Petraeus’s comments about Iran were. The money passage:

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I don’t know why Iran would have suddenly pulled out unless they’re getting nervous about the escalation with the United States. But if that were true, they’d cut the supply of weapons and EFPs too, and that obviously ain’t happening. Just something to think about. Meanwhile, I tacked on a few minutes at the end here of Petraeus talking about the task of having to negotiate with the Mahdi Army. It’s interesting on its own terms, as an insight into the psychological process of trying to reconcile with people you hate, but it also calls up something I’ve written about before which longtime HA readers may remember. According to Bill Roggio, the U.S. has been playing a game for awhile now where it targets the hardest of hardcore Sadrists for termination while emphasizing that those hardliners aren’t being true to Sadr’s own wishes. They’re “rogue,” in other words — or so we claim. Whether it’s true or not is a separate question. The idea is to distinguish the “legitimate” Mahdi Army from these irreconcilable loose cannons who need to be terminated so that less recalcitrant JAM commanders can negotiate with the United States (currently or in the future) without feeling that they’re losing face by talking to someone who’s targeting them. You’ll see a bit of that here in Petraeus’s answer. Again, no one pressed him on it.

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In addition to what you’re posting on, Bush made a brilliant play with leaking of the 3-day war plan to decimate Iran’s military.

I’m thinking Iran’s military does not want to be decimated.

Christoph on September 10, 2007 at 8:00 PM

Because the are now switching to the Afgani front ? Should show the BBC report that Shows chinese arms purchased by Iran showing up now in Afganistan

William Amos on September 10, 2007 at 8:06 PM

off topic….O’Reilly is smackin’ the crap out of Ron Paul…

commonsensehoosier on September 10, 2007 at 8:08 PM

Cool Michelle is suppose to be on later to talk about Moveon’s moronic ad

William Amos on September 10, 2007 at 8:09 PM

Ron Paul is such a blithering idiot.

however, you can expect across the internet RP cult worshipers posting a youtube of this segment claiming Ron Paul “pwned” bill o’reilly.

jp on September 10, 2007 at 8:10 PM

I’m not sure if he directly meant that all of the Quds forces have pulled out. That would be huge news

infidelesto on September 10, 2007 at 8:14 PM

commonsensehoosier on September 10, 2007 at 8:08 PM

The minute he mentioned Ron Paul, I switcched the channel. Come to think of it, I really am not watching much FNC anymore.

Connie on September 10, 2007 at 8:22 PM

switched

Connie on September 10, 2007 at 8:22 PM

Makes sense due to the fact that arms and munitions are much more deniable than people.

Buzzy on September 10, 2007 at 8:28 PM

I was listening to “the Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer on CNN earlier and the first half was about Gen Patraeus’ report. Iran was never mentioned during the show.

Instead, of course, Wolf and the gang talked about Code Pink getting booted and other dopey, irrelevant things that went on during the report. The big, pink, fluorescent lit, polka-dotted, elephant that is Iran is off the topic list for the likes of CNN to talk about. How could Iran’s involvement in Iraq, killing our soldiers, not be a newsworthy topic?

This is CNN.

Weebork on September 10, 2007 at 8:28 PM

Love this guy.

Good Lt on September 10, 2007 at 8:33 PM

Roggio’s piece on “Mahdi Army”.

I think Buzzy’s right. They think we’ve broken down their covert organizations, able to pick up their experienced people at our discretion. Whether we have or not is irrelevant, they think we have and it’s got them spooked.

TheEJS on September 10, 2007 at 8:43 PM

The Quds force may have been pulled out. Rafsanjani won the election for the Assembly of Experts and iirc, the head of the Revolutionary Guard was recently replaced. An Ahmadinejad guy was replaced with a Rafsanjani guy. Some articles I’ve read say the new guy is more Hawkish about Iraq, but who knows?

trubble on September 10, 2007 at 9:35 PM

This is hard. Glad we have good, smart, tough men to do it.

Jaibones on September 10, 2007 at 9:40 PM

It seems like Iran is playing a dangerous game of “how far can we push America.” Maybe further than most of us would like, but maybe they saw that three day plan…

I’m thinking Iran’s military does not want to be decimated.

Christoph on September 10, 2007 at 8:00 PM

and decided to back off just a bit. It seems really odd to me too that all of this Iran talk at today’s hearing is getting virtually ignored. If we get in a shooting war with Iran, it will have immense consequences for the whole planet. You think there’d be more people taking it seriously.

Ordinary1 on September 10, 2007 at 9:47 PM

With American forces on their borders in Iraq and Afganistan and warships off the coast, you really have to wonder just how crazy the Iranians are that they keep acting the way they do.

Resolute on September 10, 2007 at 10:54 PM

Resolute,

Probably for the same reason that “Baghdad Bob” kept saying that the US wasn’t anywhere near Baghdad, while in the background you could see Abrams tanks rolling around. It’s all a combination of hype, culture, and the natural ability of talking straight out of one’s ass.

Weebork on September 10, 2007 at 11:43 PM

Weapons are easier to smuggle over so in all likeliness if the Iranians are ‘pulling out’ then what they are doing is pulling out their A game players and maybe their B team as well while leaving their weapons in the hands of whoever is left in Iraq to still cause some mayhem. That way we chase the weapons still while Iranian soldiers can sneak over the border.

Defector01 on September 10, 2007 at 11:53 PM

Pentagon plans base near Iraq-Iran border: report

“The Pentagon is preparing to build a military base near the Iraq-Iran border to try to curtail the flow of advanced Iranian weaponry to Shiite militants across Iraq, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday in its online edition.”

MB4 on September 11, 2007 at 1:00 AM

clandestine war in north-western Iran

“The US and Britain came to Iraq to establish a democratic system, but this scared the Iranians, so they negotiated with us and offered many things to attack the coalition,”

“But we told the Iranians that the US and Britain were going to solve the Kurdish problem and we will be with them.”

Mojack420 on September 11, 2007 at 1:56 AM

By MB4 on September 11, 2007 at 1:00 AM

I think that Gen. Petraeus confirmed yesterday that there is already a base located on the Border and that we have been performing operations there for some time now, but I could be wrong.

Scorched_Earth on September 11, 2007 at 5:55 PM