Wednesday, August 15, 2007

About damn time!

From The Washington Times:

The United States has decided to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, as a "specially designated global terrorist," according to U.S. officials, a move that allows Washington to target the group's business operations and finances.

The Bush administration has chosen to move against the Revolutionary Guard Corps because of what U.S. officials have described as its growing involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as its support for extremists throughout the Middle East, the sources said. The decision follows congressional pressure on the administration to toughen its stance against Tehran, as well as U.S. frustration with the ineffectiveness of U.N. resolutions against Iran's nuclear program, officials said.

The designation of the Revolutionary Guard will be made under Executive Order 13224, which President Bush signed two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to obstruct terrorist funding. It authorizes the United States to identify individuals, businesses, charities and extremist groups engaged in terrorist activities. The Revolutionary Guard would be the first national military branch included on the list, U.S. officials said -- a highly unusual move because it is part of a government, rather than a typical non-state terrorist organization.

Ever since the Iranian Revolution when our embassy personnel were taken hostage by so-called students, with the full cooperation of the new Iranian government, we have identified Iran as a rogue state.

We have known that it was a totalitarian oppressive theocratic dictatorship which has been, and remains, one of the world's premier state sponsors of terrorism.

We have known that the Revolutionary Guard acts to arm and train terrorists around the world and they they have been supplying the insurgents in Iraq with all manner of weapons, including IED's.

My question is why has this move been such a long time coming?

Now I sit back and eagerly await news of the air raids on Revolutionary Guard facilities in Iran.