US-Iranian Mullahs Pact for Resolving the Iraqi Crisis, Really!?
All along DID editorial has asserted that Obama administration has been playing a conspiracy theory in the Middle East region, which has 3 acts, act one: balancing powers among sectarians, act two: engineering sectarian wars, and act three: redrawing the new blueprint for the region.
Act one, since Sunnis outnumber the Shiites in the region there has been a need to make a power balance between the Sunni groups and Shiite factions. US has been working toward the benefits of Iranian mullahs from the beginning of the IRI establishment. Over time US has allowed the apocalyptic mullahs to export their ideologies outside Iran border to make bases around the region such as its establishment in Lebanon, the terrorist group of Hezbollah. US invasion of Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein was actually an initial strategy to boost the political power of the mullahs’ regime in the region. Then endorsement of the Iranian mullahs’ puppet, Maliki, as the Iraqi PM in spite of the victory of Ayad Allawi’s predominantly Sunni alliance in 2010 Iraq’s national election, was part of the US administration efforts to broaden the regional power of the IRI regime. Then it was the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, which again was formulated to let the Shiite regime to dominate the region.
Act two, the conspiracy has been to manipulate sectarian war among Sunnis groups and Shiites factions. Syria crisis and more than 3 years of US inaction policy while giving the green light to the criminal Mullahs’ regime and its terrorist proxies to interfere in the Syrian civil war to help Assad stay in power, and on the other hand permitting the Islamic Sunni extremists join the battle and turn the country into a source provider of terrorism in the world, to the point of terrorists’ spill over into the neighboring countries such as Iraq, are all articulate the veracity of such insane intrigue theory. But above all this recent announcement of a US joint plan with mullahs’ regime to resolve the Iraqi crisis is just ludicrous. For more than a decade the Mullahs’ regime has been the mastermind behind the Maliki government’s policy of imposing sectarian discrimination in Iraq against the Sunnis sections, how US can expect this criminal regime to, all of a sudden, change its inimical conduct in dealing with Sunnis groups and play a positive role of mediation to resolve the crisis, whose blame goes to the regime itself. Isn’t it naïve to say that US does not know the IRI regime, this most threatening terrorist State in the world?
Act three, so far we are around the end of the act 2. The last act of this theatrical play, redrawing the new blueprint for the Middle East, which requires for the whole region to be turned upside down, is yet to come. However Iraq would be among the first States to get its new divided look with new smaller territories under different names. The play continues, your patience is advised. [DID]
Over the weekend, news broke that the United States is planning on discussing the growing chaos in Iraq with the government of Iran. Iran has already offered to send in its elite IRGC troops to help counter the Sunni al Qaeda offshoot, ISIS, that is spreading across Iraq with little resistance from Iraq’s own armed forces. Three points:
1. Iran’s own offer is a classic Tehran style operation, the analog of its behavior in Beirut in the 1980s, when Iranian proxies took dozens of hostages (including Americans) and Iran offered to help “negotiate” for their release. The regime of the Islamic Republic is in large part to blame for the chaos now engulfing the region. The people of Syria took to the streets to overthrow Iranian protégé Bashar el Assad. If Iran had simply stepped aside, a peaceful revolution might have taken place in Syria. Instead, Iranian troops, advisers, proxies and arms flowed into Syria, helping ignite the civil war that has claimed 160,000 lives. That war, and the Sunni extremists that joined the battle, were the spark that ignited the flames now sweeping Iraq. Of course, there are other circumstances, including Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki’s own political mistakes, as well as Barack Obama’s decision to ignore growing turmoil in the region, but Iran has played no small part in the tragedies now unfolding.
2. The notion that somehow a US-Iranian compact will come into force to bring peace to the Middle East is the confirmation of a loony conspiracy theory that has swept the Sunni Arab world, namely that Barack Obama is working secretly behind the scenes with Iran to conspire to allow Tehran to dominate the region so the United States can withdraw. While the theory itself has little merit (though not none), and the Obama administration has done a good deal to fan its flames (including secret meetings with Iranian officials and lies to Arab allies about those meetings), the notion that the Obama administration believes it wise to consult with Iran about stabilizing Iraq is crazy. The regime in Iran is one of the most dangerous forces in the world today. They are not partners, they are enemies, and even the Iraqis know it.
3. Here’s what Iraqi aide to PM Maliki Ali al Musawi told the Washington Post: “We have received a lot of offers of help, but we want support through legal channels and not in a way that would provoke sensitivities.” What Musawi understands, but perhaps the White House does not, is that Iran is not interested in balancing sectarian interests in Iraq. So, despite the fact that the president on Friday demanded that PM Maliki open his administration to disenfranchised Sunnis, later in the weekend, his administration appeared open to an approach that would ensure that no such opening is possible. And one thing is certain: Iran has been behind many of the sectarian choices of the Maliki government. But now they can be constructively engaged to help remedy that problem? Oh please.
It’s not clear exactly what the Obama team is planning. Sec State Kerry has voiced some caution about mixing nuclear talks, Iraq and Syria in the ongoing dialogue with Iran over its nuclear program. Then again, there are few limits to the arrogance of this administration, or its confidence in its ability to manage events. The reality, of course, is that both Iran and Sunni extremists have proven themselves shrewder and more determined than team Obama.
Danielle Pletka is the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI. Before joining AEI, she served for ten years as a senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. She writes frequently on national security matters with a focus on domestic politics in the Middle East and South Asia regions, U.S. national security, terrorism and weapons proliferation.
June 16, 2014
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Original topic: Iran offers help in Iraq. Just say ‘no’