Iraqi Military Chief Meets with Iranian Revolutionary Guards

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The Iraqis sided with Iran over Bahrain. The pro-American Bahraini Royal Family crushed an uprising against it, which was egged on by Iran and Hezbollah (though most of the Bahraini opposition opposes Iran). Iranian officials even spoke of militarily intervening. The Iraqis condemned the Bahraini government and even called on its leaders to resign.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards are in a state of jubilation over the U.S. withdrawal. Middle East expert Amer Taheri points out that the slogan of the Revolutionary Guards’ Al-Quds Force, its most elite branch, is “On our way to Jerusalem, via Baghdad.” The Iranian regime views the capitulation of Iraq as a step towards its prophetic destiny of destroying Israel.

Hezbollah agrees. A senior official with the terrorist group said on Middle Eastern television that after U.S. forces are gone from Iraq, a “Shiite crescent” will form, uniting 100 million Muslims against Israel. He conceded that Israel will use nuclear weapons and that hundreds of thousands of “martyrs” will die, but it will be worth it because Israel will no longer exist once the bloody war is finished. The Hezbollah official emphasized that the Assad regime in Syria must be saved in order for this to happen.

The Iranians are planning a proxy war to force out any remaining American contractors and any U.S. trainers that may return. Moqtada al-Sadr, the extremist cleric backed by Iran, promised to target any American soldier in Iraq in 2012. He has revised his promise. He will target any American contractor as well, viewing them as an extension of the U.S. military. His loyalists are setting up anti-American billboards near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. One shows al-Sadr stomping on an American flag with the words, “No, no America; No, no to falsehood.”

According to an Iranian dissident, the regime has chosen Ayatollah Hashem Shahroudi to become the “Guardian of the Jurists” for Iraq after U.S. forces leave. This means that Shahroudi would essentially be Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s counterpart in Iraq. It has already been reported that Shahroudi is moving to Najaf. The regime hopes that Shahroudi will compete with Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani, an opponent of Iran, for the loyalty of the Iraqi Shiites.

The U.S. is stuck with two bad options. It can send the requested trainers to Iraq, but Iran and al-Sadr will do everything possible to kill them. It can reject Iraq’s request, but then Iraq will become part of the Iranian-Syrian bloc and the remaining American contractors will be targeted anyway. Either way, expect Iraq to be back in the news in 2012.

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    If I was and American contractor I would find employment elsewhere. Obama has
    done his work well in undermining American influence and sacrafice in Iraq.
    That Iran could use Iraq to transport troops and weapons assures that Iraq
    will know no peace and stability. For the American families who lost loved ones
    in Iraq, here is another cause for grief and mourning………………….William

  • StephenD

    Having overthrown the tyrant Saddam Hussein we stayed on to "win hearts and minds" and to "Promote Democracy."
    When we see them hold elections we cheer as if this is true democracy. When they overwhelmingly vote for an Islamic/Sharia based government we still don't take off our blinders and convince ourselves that they freely chose. The fact is, they have NOTHING to compare to when we speak of Freedom and Equality. We help them devise Constitutions that from the outset include Sharia rather than mandates of Personal Liberty and Individual Responsibility with Equality under the law for ALL citizens…we support such nonsense!
    What we're seeing should not surprise any of us. What we are getting is what we deserve for not calling a spade a spade. Islam is the problem and is anathema to our way of life; a life that, unfortunately, these people may never get to sample.

  • joy52

    Become energy independent and leave them to implode. Disrupt their ability to harm us or our friends. Be loyal to friends. Don't give money to people who don't like us. This is not complicated. Refusing to see islam for what it is has caused wasted blood and treasure.You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.If youlook at what Obama has done–stopped off-shore drilling, opposing coal, still has not hardened and upgraded our electrical grid, refused to approve the oil sand pipeline or other home oil extraction plans–he knows energy independence is the key to us not needing muslim countries. He does not want that.

    • StephenD

      Joy, I agree with everything you said except

      "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

      You CAN make it drink…you just have to make it thirsty first.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Okay, I'm not going to waste my time reading the article because this writer should be writing for a junior high school instead of FPM, but nevertheless with respect to the title of this article, this outcome has always been not only very predictable but also very inevitable since even long before the disastrous fantasy based nation-building mission in Iraq was ever implemented. Why? It's because in Iraq and also in Afghanistan as well, we have in essence been lifting up, propping up, and building up what are in effect our eternal enemies. In addition, the writer of this article has also always blindly supported both fantasy based nation-building missions wholeheartedly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Live and learn.

    • chewinmule

      Is it just me or do you write like Paul Krugman?

  • Ellman

    I believe that by supporting the Arab Spring, killing Ghaddafy, evacuating Iraq, not supporting the Green Revolution in Iran in 2009 Obama has accomplished a sinister but publicly unspoken goal: to surround Israel by hostile Islamist states whose sheer numbers will overwhelm Israel. Israel in now afloat in shark-infested waters. I leave the rest to your imagination. Obama increasingly resembles the Anti-Christ.

  • Ben

    Ellman,you are absolutly right,but try to explain this to American Jews who not only vote for Obama, they support him using journalists of "liberal" media and Dem. officials.