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
Oct 2 2008 - 10:36am