Thanks to Iraq Invasion Iran is Now the Driving Force in That Country


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.

[snip]

“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.”

[emphasis added]

Go team!

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2 Comments on “Thanks to Iraq Invasion Iran is Now the Driving Force in That Country”

  1. Steve Says:

    Frustrating. As you note though because the media helped the push for war- something which the NYT’ Howell Raines (sp?) admitted, they aren’t about to question what a disaster it was.

    I honestly can’t see what the US or Israel has to gain by an attack on Iran. The military says that even if we attacked the nuclear facilities it would just delay the program, not destroy it altogether, assuming they actually have a weapons program. Speaking of which, another Iranian nuclear scientist was killed on Thursday or Friday. The week before that one had been killed too. If we attack Iran’s sites, will it cause nuclear contamination of the area? Also, do we have a right to destroy nuclear sites that provide nuclear energy for their civilian program?

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  2. thainjacobs Says:

    For anyone interested in the truth about Iran, check out the website Race for Iran- Stacy links to it in her blogroll to the right- http://www.raceforeiran.com. The people who run the site worked for the CIA specializing in Iran and the Middle East. They are more liberal and argue that a military confrontation with Iran would be a disaster and they think there is no reason that containment can’t work. Anyway, here’s an interesting article about why our political views about Iran and the Iranian people including the Green Movement, really aren’t connected at all to reality. It’s worth a read:

    http://www.raceforiran.com/american-misreading-of-iran-and-the-changing-reality-of-the-middle-east

    Our foreign policy seems to beholden to a status quo group of white guys from the CSIS, CFR, Brookings/Saban, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, the Israel Lobby etc. These people are the ones who helped push the Iraq war and now they are trying to sell us more BS in the form of war with Iran. The claim that the US govt gives a damn about the Green Movement is ridiculous. Just like we used the suffering of the people of Iraq to help justify war there, we are doing the same with Iranians. Honestly, I don’t know how some people can sleep at night.

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