Just read an article on the front page of Yahoo that Gates can prove that Iran is working inside Iraq.
Let’s review :
The US argued with faulty/falisified intelligence that Iraq had WMD and must be dealt with. Tangential rationales were
a) the US will free an oppressed people, and the Islamic world will love the US for it
b) the US will bring democracy to the Middle East
c) the US will force compliance with UN resolutions
4 years after the invasion, most Americans concede that they were, to some varying degree, duped into supporting the original invasion. The official reasons for commencing this debacle have all been shredded with the documentary record.
But there is an arrogance on the part of the US that is staggering, to me at least. The US lied its way into a war halfway around the world, and even though there was a shake-up in Congress, mainly attributed to this failed Iraq policy, the executive branch continues to “stay the course”, in obvious opposition to the will of the people.
But it is earth-shattering news that Iraq’s neighbor might actually want to influence the political situation in their neighbor ?
Stop the presses, a country wants to influence the policies of its neighbors !
The US has been doing to it since the 1800’s, in central and south america, and the backlash to these failed policies is the rise of socialism all throughout this central and south american sphere. The main reasons the US pursued these failed policies in the first place were to :
1. set up systems in neighboring countries that allowed exploitation by US corporations
2. fight the rise of socialism and ultimately communism
It’s ok if the US influences the policies of its neighbors, but how dare those presumptuous, crazed, fanatical zealot Iranians try to do it? How dare they? It is the imperial right of the US to try and change the political structure of Iraq, but Americans should be deeply outraged if the Iranians try it …
This is an issue only if you have a memory of 2 weeks.