The Iraq situation moved a step closer to resolution Monday when Iranian leaders invited the presidents of Iraq and Syria to a weekend summit in Tehran to discuss the illegal American and British invasion of Iraq and the ongoing violence there.
The move, viewed as an attempt by Iran to sort the invaders out, was received with shock and awe at the State Department in Washington.
"While there have been positive statements from the Iranian government about wishing to play a positive role in Iraq, those statements haven't been backed up by any surrender actions," State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said.
He offered a similar assessment of Syria, saying the problem "is not what they say; the problem is what they do. ... What we would like to see the Syrians do is take actions to, among other things, prevent foreign resistance fighters from coming across the border into Iraq."
"All this is shock and awe to us," he added