It sure as hell looks like it:
U.S. forces in Iraq raided Iran’s consulate in the northern city of Arbil and detained five staff members, a state-run Iranian news service said.
The U.S. soldiers disarmed guards and broke open the consulate’s gate before seizing documents and computers during the operation, which took place today at about 5 a.m. local time, the Islamic Republic News Agency said. There was no immediate information on whether any of those detained are diplomats.
The raid follows a warning yesterday to Iran and Syria from President George W. Bush in his address to the American people on a new strategy for Iraq. Bush accused Iran and Syria of aiding the movement of “terrorists and insurgents” in and out of Iraq and said the U.S. will “seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies.”
Of course administration officals will say this wasn’t an invasion of Iran, but think of the times our consulates have been attacked. The consulate is Iranian land, and we went in. Does Bush have a declaration of war against Iran? Even Republican Senators said he would need one to attack the country. Congress needs to seriously question this and what authority the President did have for such a raid. If there was none then he must face any legal charges brought against him by the international community.