U.S. commanders in Iraq say that while the number of weapons from Iran has dropped, Iranian training and funding of Iraqi militias has kept right up. I could believe that. But here's what I can't friggin' believe:
US and Iranian officials were scheduled to meet in mid-December for a fourth round of talks on quelling violence in Iraq. The meeting was canceled because of time constraints on US diplomats as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Iraq.
Ali al-Dabbagh, Iraqi government spokesman, said no new date had been set for the meeting.
Would somebody like to explain to me the benefit of not talking to the Iranians and slapping them in the face? Perhaps some super-duper secret strategy going on here I'm missing that will help settle things in Iraq?
I can only imagine how the cancelation went down.
"Oh my god, we had such a long day. Can we reschedule that breakfast tomorrow? .... No no, we totally still want to talk. Let me just look at our schedule. We'll call right back. I swear."