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Do not buy into the administration's rhetoric regarding Iran's motives. Iran has no interest in fomenting violence in Iraq and every interest in the success of a Shia majority government. That is why Iran basically ordered the Shia militias to stop shooting one another and put down their guns. If there is peace in Iraq, then there is no basis for the United States to retain troops in Iraq. The sooner American troops pull out, the sooner Iran and Iraq can become formal allies.

The president of Iran, Ahmadinejad, whom Senator McCain says America's President cannot meet without preconditions, met last March in Baghdad with Iraq's President without preconditions. Said Ahmadinejad: "My visit to Iraq is to the benefit of all countries, because if there's peace, if we establish peace and put an end to [the American] occupation, that will be to the benefit of all countries." Ahmadinejad said his visit "opens a new chapter in bilateral ties with Iraq.... We have had good talks in a friendly and constructive environment.... We have the same understanding of things and the two parties are determined to strengthen their political, economic and cultural cooperation.

The government of Iraq has already warned us not to use the territory of Iraq to invade Iran.

After having spent upward of a trillion dollars; after more than 4,000 brave American soldiers have died after more than 30,000 have been gravely wounded in Iraq, what has the United States gained from this war? Nothing. The true victor is Iran, who saw its greatest enemy, Saddam Hussein, driven from power and its Shia allies in Iraq come to power.

The Iraq war will go down in history as one of the greatest strategic blunders ever by an American government.

Michael Floyd Miller

Lorton, VA

Oct 2 2008 - 10:36am

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The BBC has had similar reports for the past few days. I think both Americans and the Sunni will be in trouble for the next four year. Regardless of who's elected, we will have a government watching the polls for the next election and not doing much governing. I think that the Sunnis should attempt to talk to al-Sadr, who has made nationalist statements. The Sunnis have to do what they have to do, and if they can get the Russians on board, it would be fine with me. Since they have a close connection with Iran, it might be tricky. Iran has supported Hamas, so they might support the Sunnis, if Al-Sadr is on board. I want to see a united, strong, independent Iraq emerge from this mess. It would be the only true victory for everyone.

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Oct 1 2008 - 4:08pm