Camp Ashraf refers to a group of Iranian dissidents that Saddam Hussein allowed into Iraq decades ago. In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq. And they immediately entered into negotiations with Camp Ashraf. As part of the negotiations, the residents agreed to disarm fully. The F.B.I. and the U.S. military determined that they had.
Here is Victoria Nuland (married to neo-con Robert Kagan, by the way, and former assistant to Dick Cheney) at today's State Department press briefing.
QUESTION: Do you have any update on the status of the MEK as a terrorist group?
MS. NULAND: Well, I think you know that the review is ongoing. Beyond going back to something that the Secretary said when she was on the Hill, I don't have anything new to say. I think the Secretary made clear that it is important to us in the context of looking at this review that the MEK vacate its last known terrorist camp in Ashraf and that that would be a factor in our decision if they were be able to do that.
The full passage is in C.I.'s snapshot but I want to emphasize that. Ms. Nuland owes an apology to our men and women in uniform for her statement that Camp Ashraf was a "terrorist camp." The U.S. military does not provide cover for terrorists and it is offensive for Ms. Nuland to suggest that they do.
I think she should apologize and then immediately announce her resignation.
She crossed a line that should not be crossed.
And that is just part of the out-of-control State Department.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: