NEW VERSE, SAME AS THE LAST….Can I be the first to say that I don’t believe a word of this unless the administration is willing to provide us with some pretty serious backup?

U.S. intelligence officials, already focused on Iran’s potential for building nuclear weapons, are struggling to solve a more immediate mystery: the murky relationship between the new Tehran leadership and the contingent of Al Qaeda leaders residing in the country.

Some officials, citing evidence from highly classified satellite feeds and electronic eavesdropping, believe the Iranian regime is playing host to much of Al Qaeda’s remaining brain trust and allowing the senior operatives freedom to communicate and help plan the terrorist network’s operations.

And they suggest that new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be forging an alliance with Al Qaeda operatives as a way to expand Iran’s influence or, at a minimum, that he is looking the other way as Al Qaeda leaders in his country collaborate with their counterparts elsewhere.

Iran is certainly a nasty regime, but we’ve been down this road before. Only an idiot would believe the Bush administration a second time around unless they have some awfully good evidence to share with us. And as the article makes clear, they don’t.

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