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One Legacy Of Iraq War: Increased Iranian Influence   Leave a comment

As the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War passed by recently, one legacy that has steadily grown is the growing influence of Iran over the affairs of its’ neighbor, as evidenced in a recent Think Progress article

The Los Angeles Times reports that the real winner of President George W. Bush’s war in Iraq is the Islamic Republic of Iran. “Iraqi officials say Washington’s political influence in Baghdad is now virtually nonexistent. Hussein is dead. But Iran has become an indispensable broker among Baghdad’s new Shiite elite, and its influence continues to grow,” the Times says.

Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Baghdad last week to ask Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to stop Iranians from using Iraqi airspace to fly of weapons and supplies to Bashar al-Assad’s forces fighting Syrian rebels but he was rebuffed. Maliki claimed that there is no evidence that the flights contain anything but humanitarian supplies.

“The Americans have no role. Nobody listens to them. They lost their power in this country,” said Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq, a Sunni, commenting on the disappearance of the Americans as a broker for most of Iraq’s disputes.

And the Iranians have filled the vacuum. “At the moment, Iran has something akin to veto power in Iraq, in that Maliki is careful not to take decisions that might alienate Iran,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.(Think Progress)

That quote from the Iraqi Deputy P.M. should give America pause; thanks to the numerous lies and boneheaded decisions of the Cheney-Bush Administration, it’ll be a long day before America is trusted with any major foreign policy decisions…

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