Obama Administration officials have long accused Iran of being secretly in league with the Taliban, but in the absence of evidence the claims have regularly been rejected by military officials, including Gen. Stanley McChrystal who just last month insisted there was zero proof that Iran had anything to do with the Taliban and said cross-border movement of trainees and weapons was not operationally significant.
Of course Gen. McChrystal provided no evidence to back up his allegation, and the fact remains that the Iranian government, on comparatively good terms with the US-backed Karzai government, has a long history of hostility against the Taliban.
Rather it seems McChrystal’s shift is more a function of the increased pressure he is under to show some modicum of progress in the endless war, and the quest for a new scapegoat to explain why the so-called McChrystal Plan hasn’t been any more successful than the myriad of other war plans were.
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