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Shaking hands with the Devil over Iraq

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Submitted by Richard (Canada), Dec 12, 2007 at 22:44

Hard to make any sense of this. I still think Iran is a threat to the region, especially to Israel. Can't imagine the Israelis being too pleased about this. I wonder if Mr. Pipes would consider the Iraq question. Did the U.S. make a hasty deal with the Iranians over Iraq?

The Americans might have said, 'We won't arm Iraq with offensive military capabilities against you if you partner with us over Iraq'. All for the sake of getting the troops home early. 'Mission Accomplished!' would be the PR coup for President Bush. While the surge is currently working on the tactical level, it's hard to say strategically what the next decade will hold for the Iraqi state.

That's where the Iranians come in. A guarantee of long-term stability in Iraq (no more Iranian meddling with Iraq's internal affairs) with the caveat that the Bush administration dial down its rhetoric concerning Iran's nuclear ambitions. I do agree that this is short-sighted, small-minded and largely partisan. The next president will discover a ticking time-bomb in the Oval Office by the time Dubya clears out. What a mess!

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