Has all our blood and treasure gone to set up an Iranian client state? Democracy On The March Update: “Ahmadinejad calls Iraq ‘brotherly,'” by Qassim Abdul-Zahra for Associated Press (thanks to Sr. Soph):
BAGHDAD – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday his landmark visit to Iraq opened a new chapter in “brotherly” relations between the two countries, which were once bitter enemies.
Ahmadinejad is the first Iranian president to visit Iraq. The trip not only highlights his country’s growing influence on its Arab neighbor in the post-Saddam Hussein era, but it also serves as an act of defiance toward the U.S., which accuses Iran of training and giving weapons to Shiite extremists in Iraq.
The Iranian leader went from Baghdad’s airport to a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who gave him a red-carpet welcome. The two kissed four times on the cheek in the traditional fashion and a band played the two countries’ national anthems.
“We had very good talks that were friendly and brotherly. … We have mutual understandings and views in all fields, and both sides plan to improve relations as much as possible,” Ahmadinejad said in a news conference with Talabani at the Iraqi president’s residence, located across the Tigris River from the new U.S. Embassy in the fortified Green Zone….