“Friendly, brotherly and sincere relations between Iran and Iraq”…Isn’t that Special!
As I have discussed on several occasions before (here, here, here, and here), the strengthening of ties between Iraq’s Shi’ite dominated government, and the Iranian Shi’ite theocracy under Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah Khameini, is hardly in our strategic interest. One wonders if Ahmadinejad will visit another fellow Iranian citizen, the much lionized Shari’a promoting bigot who resides in Iraq, and yet retains his Iranian citizenship—Ayatollah Sistani.
Reflecting aptly on the limited tactical achievements of the much ballyhooed “surge”, Diana West points out the utter lack of so-called “transformative effects” resulting from our “earlier and easier” successful military intervention in Kuwait, and wonders about the long term impact of all the efforts since 2003—“surge” included—in Iraq itself:
I look across the Iraqi border and see in Kuwait “a secure and stable” state, to be sure, “friendly”(ish) to the United States, and “victorious” over Saddam Hussein—the fruits of an earlier and easier victory. But there was absolutely nothing transformative about that accomplishment, not in the region and not in the entire Muslim world. What about
The “grand strategy” of Islamic democratization or more aptly “making the world safe for Shari’a” continues apace.
· Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—the first Iranian president to visit
· Going from
· Ahmadinejad said in a joint news conference with Talabani at the Iraqi president’s residence, which is located across the
· Talabani said “..the two discussed economic, political, security and oil issues and planned to sign several agreements later.”
· When a reporter asked about the Mujahedeen Khalq in
· Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told The Associated Press that Ahmadinejad plans to leave Monday morning. After discussions with Talabani, Ahmadinejad went to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Both of the Iraqi leaders have made official visits to
“He’s [Ahmadinejad is] a neighbor. And the message needs to be, quit sending in sophisticated equipment that’s killing our citizens.”
In Teheran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, made this reply which highlighted the