Diana West

What we are witnessing in Afghanistan is the bifurcated template Iran perfected in Iraq, which infiltrated governing circles even as it fought Americans risking their lives and limbs on the battlefield for that same Iraqi government.

But Zombie Nation -- at least when it comes to the two wars American soldiers remained ensnared in -- doesn't ponder this, let alone question it. As far as our leadership goes, it's all so much more to manage, to set into context, to rationalize and move on. But isn't war more important than spin? Not so long as "spin" keeps the war in a blur.

Case in point: "We do not question Iran's right to provide financial assistance to Afghanistan, nor do we question Afghanistan's right to accept that assistance," said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley. That's one way to avoid unpleasant answers.

Crowley continued: "What we think is important is Afghans having the ability to shape their own future without negative influences from its neighbors. We'll let the Government of Afghanistan speak to how they spend the financial assistance received from other countries, but we remain skeptical of Iran's motives given its history of playing a destabilizing role with its neighbors. We hope that Iran will take responsibility to play a constructive role in the future of Afghanistan."

So, we don't question Iranian financial assistance (bags o' cash) or Afghanistan's acceptance of Iranian financial assistance (bags o' cash) but we "remain skeptical" of Iran's "destabilizing role" even as we "hope" Iran will play a "constructive role." Diplomatic niceties aside, there are limitations to such doubletalk. It's no match for the double game Iran is playing, one in which Uncle Sucker will be lucky to come home with just a booby prize.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).