So says Meir Javedanfar in “Iraq Rolls Out the Red Carpet For Ahmadinejad” at Pajamas Media, and he’s right.
The smile on Ahmadinejad’s face said it all. His was the smile of a victorious leader, being greeted warmly by a country that had been Iran’s sworn enemy in the 1980s.
Back then, the Iranian president was an officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC). Now he was returning as the the most controversial and right-wing extremist political leader Iran has ever had; a fact that didn’t seem to bother his hosts.
The United States has every reason to be extremely concerned about the friendly tone of Ahmadinejad’s visit to Iraq.
Had a Soviet premier been warmly greeted in South Vietnam in the late 1960s, at a time when the US was providing South Vietnam with forces to fight communist North Vietnam, there would have been uproar. The South Vietnamese would have been accused of being ungrateful, at the very least. Some may have gone as far as calling the South Vietnamese as traitorous back stabbers.
The very fact that Iraq does not think twice about inviting Iran’s president, accused of financing the deaths of hundreds of US soldiers in southern Iraq, clearly demonstrates that the US is losing influence in Iraq and in the Middle East in general. This is on top of the fact that some Shiite militias are wreaking havoc against their own countrymen in Iraq.
Read it all.