This was totally foreseeable, not that any of our leaders, the media or the think tanks and commentators will take any responsibility for championing a disastrous war that has made us less safe while empowering Iran. No, now they are busy working on the next war- Iran! Oh, the irony. And because the media unquestioningly supports such a war, just as they did Iraq, you can be sure the likes of David Gregory, Wolf Blitzer, everyone at Politico, Anderson Cooper, etc. etc. will NEVER ask a government official if our invasion of Iraq essentially turned it into a puppet state of Iran. Nor will you hear them ask if a military confrontation with Iran will be similarly misguided with disastrous consequences.
From the UK’s Guardian (of course):
Early in 2008, during a series of battles between the US and Iraqi army on one side and the Shia militias on the other, Petraeus was handed a phone with a text message from the Iranian general who had by then become his nemesis.
The message came from the head of Iran’s elite al-Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, and was conveyed by a senior Iraqi leader. It read: “General Petraeus, you should know that I, Qassem Suleimani, control the policy for Iran with respect to Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, and Afghanistan. And indeed, the ambassador in Baghdad is a Quds Force member. The individual who’s going to replace him is a Quds Force member.”
Petraeus hardly needed to be told. Much of the US military’s work with Iraq’s Shia Muslims had been undermined by Suleimani and the client militias of the Iranian general’s al-Quds force. So too had US government diplomatic efforts elsewhere in the Middle East, especially in Lebanon.
“He [Qassem Suleimani] is the most powerful man in Iraq without question,” Iraq’s former national security minister, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, said recently. “Nothing gets done without him.”