Allahpundit had the exact same thought that I did when I first heard the news that the government had slapped sanctions on some Iranian government officials for facilitating al-Qaeda finances:
I've been around blogs long enough to remember when claiming that Shiite nuts might collaborate with Sunni nuts against America would draw derisive snickers from lefty blogs at the sheer wingnuttery of the idea. Isn't it just like neocons to try to drum up war against Iran by claiming a connection as preposterous as that?
B-B-B-But Iran wanted to help us destroy al-Qaeda until Bush stupidly rejected their offer of assistance, right?
The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on six individuals operating in a network that they said "serves as the core pipeline through which al Qaeda moves money, facilitators and operatives from across the Middle East to South Asia, including to Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, a key al Qaeda leader based in Pakistan, also designated today."
"Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world today. By exposing Iran's secret deal with al Qaeda allowing it to funnel funds and operatives through its territory, we are illuminating yet another aspect of Iran's unmatched support for terrorism," Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen said in a statement announcing the sanctions...
Among the individuals sanctioned today is Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, described by the Treasury Department as "an Iran-based senior al Qaeda facilitator currently living and operating in Iran under an agreement between al Qaeda and the Iranian government."...
"As al Qaeda's representative in Iran, Khalil works with the Iranian government to arrange releases of al Qaeda personnel from Iranian prisons. When al Qaeda operatives are released, the Iranian government transfers them to Khalil, who then facilitates their travel to Pakistan," the Treasury Department said.
Not that it matters. The current lefty meme is that al-Qaeda is no longer a threat to the US and therefore, we can forget about the war on terror. One wonders when that canard will blow up in their faces like this one.