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Surprise: Iran 'Discreetly Aided' Libyan Rebels

The maddening ambiguity over our non-war by committee in Libya may be clearing up, but not in a good (or very surprising) way:

Iran "discreetly" provided humanitarian aid to Libyan rebels before the fall of Tripoli, Jam-e-Jam newspaper quoted Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday as saying.

"We were in touch with many of the rebel groups in Libya before the fall of (Moamer) Kadhafi, and discreetly dispatched three or four food and medical consignments to Benghazi," Salehi told the daily.

"The head of the National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustafa Abdel Jalil, sent a letter of thanks to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for having been on their side and helping," he added.

It would be just as unsurprising to learn that the Iranians had been discreetly helping Gaddafi, too. They're probably playing both sides so they can gain a foothold no matter who wins. And it will be unsurprising when we learn that Tehran has been operating in Egypt the whole time, too.

As for the Obama administration, it stepped into Libya not knowing who the rebels were at all. There's no evidence that even after Gaddafi has bugged out and the rebels have overrun Tripoli, that we we know who they are now. We do know that they haven't handed over the Lockerbie bomber.

You can bet that Tehran knows who they are, though.