Apology Tour Diplomacy to Get Ahmadinejad to Like Us
Most everyone was for going to war in Iraq. They, Republican and Democrat alike, read the same intelligence. Saddam Hussein was a bad man. He had some nasty weapons he didn’t document destroyed. He expelled UN inspectors. He was brutally suppressing the Kurds. Torturing and killing dissidents. And, of course, he had a record of using chemical weapons against the Iranians and the Kurds.
So there was pretty much a united front at the beginning. But elections come every 2 years. The Democrats would eventually have to get their hate on. And, boy, did they. They all started to dump on the Iraq War. Never mind that it got Saudi Arabia to crack down on Wahhabi funding of Al Qaeda. Bush lied. People died. Iraq was nothing more than a breeding ground for Al Qaeda. It created anti-American sentiment. And plunged Iraq into a civil war. The Bush administration pointed to the foreign influence. Especially that of Iran. But the Left said that the liar George W. Bush just wanted to expand the war into Iran.
We were just bullies. That’s why the world hated us. Well, one presidential candidate said he would change that. He would talk to the people that hated us. He would meet Iranian president Ahmadinejad. Without preconditions. To say, hey, you’re okay. We’re okay. What do you say? Friends? This candidate would go on to win the election. He became president. And President Obama went on a world wind apology tour. He denigrated the United States. Bowed to Muslim royalty. And praised Islam. And how did all that work?
Ahmadinejad Making Iran the New Evil Empire?
Not good. For Iran was fueling the Iraqi insurgency. And Ahmadinejad rebuffed the love of the Obama administration and kept killing Americans. That fact is made very clear in another dump of classified documents by WikiLeaks. The New York Times reviewed those documents and Michael R. Gordon and Andrew W. Lehren wrote on 10/22/2010 (see Leaked Reports Detail Iran’s Aid for Iraqi Militias):
Citing the testimony of detainees, a captured militant’s diary and numerous uncovered weapons caches, among other intelligence, the field reports recount Iran’s role in providing Iraqi militia fighters with rockets, magnetic bombs that can be attached to the underside of cars, “explosively formed penetrators,” or E.F.P.’s, which are the most lethal type of roadside bomb in Iraq, and other weapons. Those include powerful .50-caliber rifles and the Misagh-1, an Iranian replica of a portable Chinese surface-to-air missile, which, according to the reports, was fired at American helicopters and downed one in east Baghdad in July 2007.
Iraqi militants went to Iran to be trained as snipers and in the use of explosives, the field reports assert, and Iran’s Quds Force collaborated with Iraqi extremists to encourage the assassination of Iraqi officials.
The reports make it clear that the lethal contest between Iranian-backed militias and American forces continued after President Obama sought to open a diplomatic dialogue with Iran’s leaders and reaffirmed the agreement between the United States and Iraq to withdraw American troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have killed or maimed most American troops. And most of those devices were no doubt the result of Iranian material and/or training. But why would they help their archenemy? They hate Saddam. They hate Iraq. They fought a bloody 8-year war with Iraq. So why would they help the Iraqis fight the Americans?
The political struggle between the United States and Iran to influence events in Iraq still continues as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has sought to assemble a coalition — that would include the anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr — that will allow him to remain in power. But much of the American’s military concern has revolved around Iran’s role in arming and assisting Shiite militias.
Shiite Iran is helping the Shiite militias in Sunni Iraq. Unable to beat Iraq in war, they’re now trying it through subterfuge. But it doesn’t end there.
Established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the 1979 Iranian revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has expanded its influence at home under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former member of the corps, and it plays an important role in Iran’s economy, politics and internal security. The corps’s Quds Force, under the command of Brig. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, has responsibility for foreign operations and has often sought to work though surrogates, like Hezbollah.
And where has Ahmadinejad been lately? Lebanon. And what does he want to do? Incinerate Israel. And what are they bringing on line? Nuclear reactors. They’re destabilizing Iraq. Destabilizing the Middle East. Allied with Hezbollah. Helping them with their fight against Israel. Ahmadinejad is pushing a lot of nations towards war. You know, he’s a lot like Osama bin Laden. Only more dangerous. The new Evil Empire? Well, they are on the axis of evil. They’ve been killing Americans. Evil, yes. And yet our president is trying to make nice with him.
Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall
Ronald Reagan recognized an enemy. He stood up to them, the Evil Empire. Didn’t apologize. Didn’t make nice. He talked with them but with preconditions. He didn’t practice Carter’s detente. Gorbachev was a nice guy. But the Berlin Wall still stood. It isn’t standing any more. Because Reagan won the Cold War.
We don’t need a man like Jimmy Carter in the face of such an implacable enemy. We need another Ronald Reagan. But we have Barack Obama. Who’s a lot more Jimmy Carter than Ronald Reagan. And we all know how well things turned out for Jimmy Carter in Iran.
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