"Iraq Regime’s “Brotherly Ties” With Iran Spell More Trouble
"March 31, 2008
"Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Baghdad on March 2 on an historic trip to Iraq, the first ever for an Iranian president. Iraq’s political and religious leaders greeted him with great fanfare, laying out red carpets and having military bands play for him. Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani fondly asked Ahmadinejad to call him “Uncle Jalal.”
"Ahmadinejad also held meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, and Shiite religious leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, chairman of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council.
"In his meeting with Foreign Minister Zebari, Ahmadinejad proclaimed that Iran and Iraq are two united neighbors and “no event can break the brotherly ties” between them. The troubling bonds between Baghdad and Tehran have been multiplying since the U.S.-backed Maliki government was installed, with Prime Minister al-Maliki and many other top Iraqi officials trekking to Tehran, posing for hand-holding photo-ops with Ahmadinejad, and expressing fraternal friendship with their former traditional enemy. Iraq’s openly growing ties with Iran, the leading backer of Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other terrorist groups, should call into question the wisdom of the current administration’s willingness to sacrifice American lives and treasure in the service of the “moderate” Maliki government."
Let's Ditch Mitch McConnell, and get the U.S. troops out of Iraq now.