Iraq Joins Iran’s Axis

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Back in 2004 King Abdullah of Jordan, a moderate Sunni, warned that the empowerment of Iraq’s Shiite majority in the Iraq War would mean creating a Shiite crescent—a belligerent, extremist continuum stretching all the way from Iran to Hizbullah-dominated Lebanon.

Eight years later, U.S. attempts to create a pluralist Iraqi democracy have instead yielded the dictatorial regime of Shiite prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Reuters now reports that “Iran has been using civilian aircraft to fly military personnel and large quantities of weapons across Iraqi airspace to Syria to aid President Bashar al-Assad in his attempt to crush [the] 18-month uprising against his government….”

In other words, something very like a crescent now extends from Shiite Iran over Shiite-dominated Iraq down to Assad’s struggling, Shiite-offshoot, Alawite regime in Syria (next door, of course, to Shiite Hizbullah’s stamping grounds in Lebanon).

Iraq’s provision of its airspace for Iran’s military transfers to Syria is not a new problem. Reuters, though, says it has seen an intelligence report that says the planes are flying almost daily, the shipments are organized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, and “the extent of such shipments is far greater than has been publicly acknowledged, and much more systematic, thanks to an agreement between senior Iraqi and Iranian officials.”

The actual state of affairs, says the intelligence report, “flies in the face” of Iraqi officials’ declarations.

Senator John Kerry, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is unhappy about the situation and raised the idea of making some of the U.S. aid to Iraq conditional on Iraq’s cooperation on the Syrian issue.

As Kerry put it Wednesday in a Senate hearing: “It just seems completely inappropriate that we’re trying to help build democracy, support them, put American lives on the line, money into the country, and they’re working against our interest so overtly.”

“Inappropriate” if one keeps substituting baseless hopes about democracy for the ongoing reality of Middle Eastern sectarian politics and warfare.

That said, a few more things should be pointed out.

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  • Rifleman

    It only took obama 4 years to undo everything Bush accomplished in 8, and put us back three steps from where we started. Afghanistan to the taliban, Iraq to the mad mullahs, and all the countries he his administration was instrumental in handing over to the muslim brotherhood. If hussein has his way the mad mullahs will have nukes, and already, muslim brotherhood run Egypt is talking of developing them.

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    Forgetting for the moment that Bush screwed up badly in the ME, the continuing obsession of some to wail about the links between Bashar Assad and anyone else is misplaced and unbalanced. The reason for this is simple, Bashar is done. It doesn't matter what Russia says or does. It doesn't matter what Iran or Iraq says or does. What really matters is what Turkey and Saudi Arabia say and do. And they say Bashar must go. So, go he will. Period. It is not a mistake that Hamas is turning to Egypt instead of Iran. Or that Hezbollah is distancing itself from Iran. They know what time it is and they know that Saudi money and Turkish power cannot be trumped.
    That fool Obama will still find a way to screw up Syria for us, he's good at that. But, to say Bush accomplished anything in the ME is a clear departure from reality. Those conflicts were doomed from the beginning because the objectives were vague, the plans sucked, the fight was poorly executed and nobody had any idea what the endgame was. They still don't. One of my favorite blunders is the hugely expensive and completely counterproductive policy to rebuild and pay for anything our troops damage or destroy in combat. I think that speaks for itself and proves that America has no idea whether it is fighting or at peace, building up some friends or defeating an enemy.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The problem is waiting for enough destruction before the rebuilding begins. The USA has the means and leadership to build anything we want superior to any other culture or nation. But when we compromise, this is obviously not going to lead to the optimal result.

      See Japan and Germany today and how they became so productive. Also see the Japanese constitution for how to handle the politics. See how the political left makes this virtually impossible ever since the hippie movement discovered how to manipulate the media.

    • PaulRevereNow

      Who knows, if Saddam Hussein had remained in power, he might have started a war with Iran, and these two countries might have destroyed one another. Bush's gamble on taking out Saddam; though well-intentioned and seemingly necessary at the time, resulted in a poorly handled occupation/peace(blame Paul Bremer for that), that eventually backfired on the West. But had Iraq and Iran destroyed one another, the world would be a lot better off today. That very well could have occurred, because Iran won the Iran-Iraq war, in the 1980's.

  • chowching259

    Blessed will be the names of Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad if they hugged and shook hands. Both are skilled traders who can exchange oil for weapons, Israel needs oil and Iran needs nuclear warheads. The signing of a non-aggression pact will insure that their friendship will be everlasting.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Sure. Pass that over here please, I could use some of that.

  • Jim

    An Army Colonel suspended for teaching anti Islam course turns around and and begins legal proceedings against top general who he claims is hiding the truth about Islam.

    How many army men are angry about the Generals who Kow Tow to the administration over it's the Islamic fantasy.?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Good question. I have wondered that about the military and the police agencies. I don't expect to find many answers there as it's politically difficult for them to communicate that anger. I would think a lot more than most realize and that is one good thing; most people who experience Islam and its effects can see it as plainly as we can.

  • SAM000

    49 Millions U$D per day or 18 Billions U$D per year, this is what you the American tax payers offer to IRAQ for their Military and Police trainings.

    With your Money, Iraq executes the innocents and declares itself the Iran's and HEZBOLLAH and Syria Allie.

    Not only Obama has offered IRAQ to the Mullahs of IRAN who are USA enemy, he pays them 18 Billions of U$D to stay enemy!