Now, if I was a top Iranian official determined to send explosives across the border to Iraq, and I didn’t want to have them tracked back to my country, and I controlled the factories and production lines, I might tell them not to put serial numbers on the damn things, no matter what the “international standards for arms” were.
And I really think it takes a lot of gall for people who were claiming four years ago that Iraq was on the verge of building a nuclear bomb and world-spanning drones that there’s “no evidence” the kind of precise machining needed for the components of “explosively formed penetrators” has ever been done in Iraq.
A lot of people who are now claiming the Iraq war was a bad idea or poorly executed are still hot on the idea that Iran’s taking on the US military. Here’s a quote from last March:
“I think the evidence is strong that the Iranian government is making these IEDs, and the Iranian government is sending them across the border and they are killing U.S. troops once they get there,” says Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism chief and an ABC News consultant. “I think it’s very hard to escape the conclusion that, in all probability, the Iranian government is knowingly killing U.S. troops.”