Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say.

Well, if they’re targeting Congress they’re certainly targeting our weak spot.

UPDATE: Reader Drew Kelley emails: “Wouldn’t we be better off if we gave them Congress?”

As I’ve said before, I oppose torture.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Bill Quick is unhappy with Bush: “What’s most interesting – and disgusting, and depressing, and disheartening – about reports like these is they demonstrate that the US government at the highest levels (well, one hopes – whether Bush actually is aware of something is always a chancy proposition) knows that Iran is killing our soldiers,publicly admits it, and yet has done nothing effective to stop them from doing it.”

The Bush Administration’s passivity with regard to Iran has puzzled me for some time. And disappointed me. Unless there’s some secret plan underway to topple the mullahs before fall — nice, but unlikely — it’s going to be hard to achieve the requisite degree of success in Iraq. Having a powerful nation right next door sponsoring an insurgency makes the insurgency pretty hard to beat in short order.