Not really a surprise there...
Iran and Syria on Thursday denounced President Bush's new Iraq strategy that blames them for fueling violence in the war-torn country, and they said the plan to send more U.S. troops would only increase bloodshed.
[..]In Tehran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Bush's plan to send 21,000 more troops to Iraq was a "continuation of occupation" that will only "extend insecurity, danger and tension in the country. This will not help to solve Iraq's problems."
Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa said Wednesday prior to Bush's speech that the American troop surge was "not a positive step" and would only "pour oil on the fire." Read on...
Meanwhile, Bush steams full speed ahead and troops broke into the Iranian Embassy in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil:
Upon entering the office, they arrested five employees, smashed the furniture and took away the detainees along with some computers and administrative documents to an unidentified destination without making any explanation.
In objection to such an illegal measure by the American troops, Iran's embassy in Baghdad dispatched a note of protest to Iraq's Foreign Ministry.
The Iraqi Foreign Minister condemned the attack and adds the following:
"We don't want Iraq to be a battleground for settling scores with other countries," Zebari, a Kurd, told CNN.
Indymedia asks the question on the forefront of my mind: Did Bush secretly declare war on Iran and Syria?