Strange Bedfellows Indeed
|There is an old saying that goes something like this... "An enemy of my friend is my enemy, a friend of my friend is my friend."|
I have thought a lot about that recently especially with regards to the full state visit to Iraq by the President of Iran. If Iraq truly is an ally of the United States, and a supporter of the US in the "war on terror" then why are they welcoming someone like this who shows nothing but open contempt for the United States?
Noted columnist Robert Sheer says it best in an article for truthdig.com.
Are the media dumb or just out to lunch? Sorry to be intemperate, but how else can one explain the meager attention paid to the truly historic visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Iraq? Not only is he the first Mideast head of state to visit the country since its alleged liberation, but the very warm official welcome offered by the Iraqi government to the most vociferous critic of the United States speaks volumes to the abject failure of the Bush doctrine. [read more]
For me, this is proof enough that the leaders in Iraq are not really interested in doing the things necessary to have the type of government that will be a strong ally of the US in the region. While the "surge" has been a military success, those in power in Iraq have apparently used the downturn in violence to improve relationships with longtime US nemesis, Iran. It is time to get out.
On a related note, Roy over at Thin Places has a good post on the costs of war with Iraq.