March 13, 2008

Handshakes with the Enemy

Abe [Greenwald] already blogged about this, but I wanted to follow up on Diana West

Posted by Michael J. Totten at March 13, 2008 3:28 PM
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I doubt that I'm alone in my great interest in what Iraqis say about their feelings for Iran.
For Iran's support of terrorism in Iraq.
For Iran's progress at building a nuke.
What, if anything, they think should be done about Iran.
Diana West is being a bit silly, and your Pres. Talibani example is excellent at showing this.
But your highest value add is telling us what Iraqis really say about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at March 14, 2008 7:20 am
he idea that the secular, leftist, and Kurdish Jalal Talabani supports the theocratic, rightist, and Persian Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while at the same time funding and supplying revolutionaries who cross the border, doesn
Posted by: double-plus-ungood at March 14, 2008 10:57 am
Well, pragmatically friendly terms, if not very friendly.
Posted by: double-plus-ungood at March 14, 2008 12:09 pm
Ha When no one responds quick enough, DPU goes ahead and has a debate with himself ;-)
Just ribbing you, move your hands away from the keys...
Posted by: Joe at March 14, 2008 12:26 pm
Ha When no one responds quick enough, DPU goes ahead and has a debate with himself ;-)
It was quiet, too quiet.
Posted by: double-plus-ungood at March 14, 2008 12:35 pm
Ha! Nice
Posted by: Joe at March 14, 2008 12:39 pm
DPU: pragmatically friendly terms
Which is pretty much my point.
The West does the same thing, albeit a bit more reluctantly and less flamboyantly. George W. Bush may have mellowed on Moammar Qadaffi (or however his name is spelled this week), but they won't be hugging each other any time soon.
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at March 14, 2008 1:12 pm
Which is pretty much my point.
Okay, but Iraqi government friendliness toward Iran isn't such a stretch if you consider that the largest faction within the Iraqi government is the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council. They are almost a direct Iranian politic proxy.
Posted by: double-plus-ungood at March 14, 2008 1:20 pm
I'm with you on this one Michael.
Iraq is a Strategic Crossroads in the Middle East similar to the role of Germany in Europe.
An Iraq that looks like post WWI Germany (failed economy, huge reparations payments) is a recipe for another war.(Can we say OIF I and sanctions?)
An Iraq that looks more like post WWII Germany...prosperous and pacifist(Security Guaranteed(sp) by Uncle Sam) is a recipe for regional peace.
There are two many Shiite Holy places in Iraq for the Iranians to prohibit their citizens from travel to Iraq the way the Soviets prohibited the East Germans from traveling to West Germany.
Posted by: Soldier's Dad at March 15, 2008 8:22 am
DPU;
Oops! A-Jad does a face-plant in Iraq. Flees amid deafening Iraqi snickering!
It's all relative, you see ...
Posted by: Brian H at March 26, 2008 12:25 pm
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