CNN correspondent: Adding Iran to terror list 'will have zero impact'
CNN reported Wednesday that the Bush administration is "talking about putting Iran's Revolutionary Guard on its list of terrorist organizations," making it susceptible to financial sanctions, and that this "would be the first time that another government's military has been put on the terror list."
However, CNN's Michael Ware in Baghdad downplayed the possible action, saying, "This is nothing but a symbolic gesture. ... This is akin to Iran branding everyone at Fort Bragg a terrorist. ... It will have zero impact. The Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is 120,000 troops, Iran's major military formation, does not bank in the US."
"The reason this is happening," Ware went on, "is because the Iranians, essentially, are winning so much here in Iraq. The government here in Iraq is pretty much under the influence of the Revolutionary Guard Corps and most of the bombs that are killing US troops now are being made in Iran. ... Meanwhile, we're seeing stability in some of the Sunni areas of Iraq. This is because America has cut a deal with the Baathist insurgents. ... As long as they kill al Qaeda, America now allows them to operate."
Ware concluded that if US troops pull back in some areas of Iraq following General Petraeus's report in September, as is now being suggested, it will be in favor of these local Sunni militias rather than the Iraqi government.
The following video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast on August 15.