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Either way you cut it, the US has made a deal with the devil in invading Iraq and hopefully will not make a deal with the murderous Iranian regime to make matters worse. To even contemplate making a deal playing off the nuclear issue against Iraq's stability would play right into the Iranian theocratic militarists' fascist hands. You guys broke it and you own it, whether you like it or not.

bogos kalemkiar

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mar 31 2010 - 9:09am

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I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic about Iraq. The election went pretty well, Iraq nationalism is a potent unifying theme, and everyone is sick of sectarian violence. I do believe the US will be out of there on time, and I do not think Obama wants to fight a proxy war over Iraq with Iran. While Iran may try to replace us in Iraq, they will face the buzzsaw of Iraqi nationalism, which crosses sectarian lines. It is their funeral!

With regard to Afghanistan, I was rather pleased with a speech President Karzai made in a recent visit to Pakistan. He remarked that while his government was friends with India, Pakistan was a brother to Afghanistan. The border area between these two countries has been a problem for centuries, and they need to cooperate in order to secure that area. It is in the interest of the region, including India, that this border area be secured. Karzai is smart enough to recognize that a proxy war between India and Pakistan within Afghanistan is not a good idea, and Pakistan needs a secure border with Afghanistan.

I think everyone needs to shut their mouths about Iran and not worry too much about a possible nuclear threat. Diplomacy and not threats can solve any differences between Iran and the United States. I was stationed in Europe from the Hungarian uprising through the rise of the Berlin Wall. Iran does not equal the Soviet Union as a threat, and this confrontation, as with Iraq is not necessary. These people are amateurs!

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Mar 29 2010 - 3:35pm

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