ABCNews is reporting that “U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories.” My first question is “Where was this type of reporting before the election?”

According to a senior defense official, coalition forces have recently seized Iranian-made weapons and munitions that bear manufacturing dates in 2006. This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias, rather than taking a roundabout path through the black market. “There is no way this could be done without (Iranian) government approval,” says a senior official.

I guess that that puts to rest what little credibility Old Mahmoud’s letter had left about they “greatly value and readily embrace the promotion of human ideals such as compassion, empathy, respect for the rights of human beings, securing justice and equity, and defending the innocent and the weak against oppressors and bullies.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Ahmadinejad couldn’t care less about justice or equity or about defending the innocent.

In fact, this proof tells us the exact opposite. It tells us that he’s perfectly willing to fund the violence that’s killing thousands of Iraqis just to prevent them from establishing a legitimate government that would be a counter to his government.

Iranian-made munitions found in Iraq include advanced IEDs designed to pierce armor and anti-tank weapons. U.S. intelligence believes the weapons have been supplied to Iraq’s growing Shia militias from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which is also believed to be training Iraqi militia fighters in Iran. Evidence is mounting, too, that the most powerful militia in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi army, is receiving training support from the Iranian-backed terrorists of Hezbollah.

This information should end all consideration of the Baker Commission Report. Initiating a new round of diplomacy with Iran is counterproductive because they aren’t willing to give up their hopes of an Iraqi government that is Iran’s puppet regime. It further walks back the longstanding US policy of not negotiating with terrorists. AFter all, Hezbollah is nothing more than Iran’s forward-deployed version of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

Another negative impact that having talks with Iran is that it makes us look weak, especially in light of this information. In case nobody’s noticed, the sectarian violence has escalated when they’ve perceived us at our weakest point.

This leads me to another point: that blue ribbon commissions are a waste of taxpayer money. The 9/11 Commission certainly didn’t distinguish itself when it didn’t question Jamie Gorelick for building the wall that kept Able Danger’s leaders from sharing their information with law enforcement. For that matter, they embarassed themselves by not taking the Able Danger people seriously. Instead, they promoted the building of a new bureaucracy that’s set us back years while ignoring the real solution to connecting the dots.

The Baker Commission looks like it’s heading for the same insignificance by proposing the same ‘conventional wisdom’ BS that’s helped us from getting real things done. From what’s been leaked thus far, we know that their report says that part of Iraq’s solution comes in restarting the PLO-Israeli ‘peace’ talks. Riiigggghhhttt. That’ll convince those Iranian terrorists to drop their weapons and return home to being auto mechanics, accountants and farmers. Frankly, the Baker Commission is likely to be another stain on Jim Baker’s resume.

That isn’t to say that Democrats won’t jump on the Commission’s report as ‘proof’ that we need to bring our troops home. Thta’s when things will get interesting because President Bush will be on the side of the angels when he picks this fight with the Democrats. People don’t like the war but when people read that Iran is funding the terrorists operating inside Iraq so that they can have a puppet regime, they’ll know that we can’t give Iraq away to a nutcase like Ahmadinejad.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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