Whether or not Iran had anything to do with luring us into toppling Saddam Hussein, this certainly doesn’t make us look any smarter for being there:
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s president pledged undying support for Baghdad’s new government on Tuesday, telling Iraq’s visiting prime minister and fellow Shi’ite Islamist, Nuri al-Maliki, that Tehran would help him end the violence at home.
The United States, wary of the relationship building between its Iranian adversaries and Iraqi leaders brought to power by the U.S. invasion, again accused Tehran of funding “terrorists” in Iraq and said its biggest contribution would be to stop.
It was a sentiment aired by Iraqi officials before Maliki’s first official visit to his bigger, powerful neighbour but which was left unsaid in public on the first day of his trip.
In Iraq itself, a U.S. general denied that an intelligence report suggested his troops had “lost” its biggest province to al Qaeda and other insurgents from Saddam Hussein’s once-dominant Sunni Muslim minority, but stressed only Maliki’s government was in a position to subdue the rebels in the end.
“We will give our full assistance to the Iraqi government to establish security,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a joint news conference after meeting Maliki in Tehran.
Renewing his calls for the 145,000 U.S. troops in Iraq to go home, he was later quoted by official news agency IRNA saying: “Iran and Iraq, as two brotherly countries, will remain beside each other forever, and uninvited guests will leave the region.”
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