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THE REDIRECTION

Is the Administration"™s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?

by SEYMOUR M. HERSH

Issue of 2007-03-05

Posted 2007-02-25

 

 

 

A STRATEGIC SHIFT

In the past few months, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacy and its covert operations, has significantly shifted its Middle East strategy. The "redirection," as some inside the White House have called the new strategy, has brought the United States closer to an open confrontation with Iran and, in parts of the region, propelled it into a widening sectarian conflict between ****e and Sunni Muslims.

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly ****e, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia"™s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the ****e organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

One contradictory aspect of the new strategy is that, in Iraq, most of the insurgent violence directed at the American military has come from Sunni forces, and not from ****es. But, from the Administration"™s perspective, the most profound-and unintended-strategic consequence of the Iraq war is the empowerment of Iran. Its President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has made defiant pronouncements about the destruction of Israel and his country"™s right to pursue its nuclear program, and last week its supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on state television that "realities in the region show that the arrogant front, headed by the U.S. and its allies, will be the principal loser in the region."

After the revolution of 1979 brought a religious government to power, the United States broke with Iran and cultivated closer relations with the leaders of Sunni Arab states such as Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. That calculation became more complex after the September 11th attacks, especially with regard to the Saudis. Al Qaeda is Sunni, and many of its operatives came from extremist religious circles inside Saudi Arabia. Before the invasion of Iraq, in 2003, Administration officials, influenced by neoconservative ideologues, assumed that a ****e government there could provide a pro-American balance to Sunni extremists, since Iraq"™s ****e majority had been oppressed under Saddam Hussein. They ignored warnings from the intelligence community about the ties between Iraqi ****e leaders and Iran, where some had lived in exile for years. Now, to the distress of the White House, Iran has forged a close relationship with the ****e-dominated government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

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it was just a matter of time until Bush teamed up with al- queda and the sunni's who are killing our troops.

 

what a tradgedy. what a disgrace.

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hmmm, i think its only fair to mention that the US has pretty much always cooperated with Saudia Arabia & Jordan in opposing hezbollah due to its hardline support of Israel regardless of the sunni/shia strife.

 

so i'm afraid i have to call that as BS. sorry.

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Imagine that a cut n paste to boot to backup the facts?

 

Yup, that we have been and are allies with Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. I will assume the average Iranian has absolutely no love loss for an average Iraqi and vice versa. Maybe the lunatic fringe would be the exception, but then again they usually are.

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We have almost always allied ourselves with Sunnis, since they are the ruling sect in nearly all Middle Eastern nations.

 

 

yyyyyyyyyyyup,

strange that we never got Bin Laden.

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Imagine that a cut n paste to boot to backup the facts?

 

 

 

no,

this is a cut and paste of an article used as the jumping off point for a discussion,

NOT a cut and paste of an op ed used to "prove" a point in an ongoing conversation.

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no,

this is a cut and paste of an article used as the jumping off point for a discussion,

 

 

i'm not sure whether 'article' in the traditional sense of the word, is the right description here - bearing in mind no facts are quoted, or sources referenced in its writing.

 

it just looks like an ill-informed opinion of the writer to me.

 

very disappointing considering how easy the target is at the moment.

 

D - .

 

must do better.

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The article may be obsolete. I saw a news clip today that the White House has agreed to a conference with Iran and Syria about stabilizing Iraq. I had the thought, when the President sent a second carrier group to the area to pressure Iran, that he might be hoping for a Gulf of Tonkin incident - the Iranian navy was conducting exercises at the same time - but perhaps reality has sunk into the President's head, at least to the point that he realizes how much damage Iran could do us, if it wanted to do so. I am sure the President's prior complaints of Iran's arming the insurgents are accurate; but they could do a lot more, if they wanted to do so.

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We can't blow this out of proportion... it's not "new news." Saudi is not not our friend as much as they are our enemy's enemy. The precarious spot that it puts us in is that Saudi makes no bones about its anti-Shi'ite/ anti-Iranian stance. Not a problem until we look at the fact that we just helped install a Shi'ite government in Iraq. So it begs the question: is Saudi really an enemy to Iran AND the newly-elected govt. in Iraq?

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We can't blow this out of proportion... it's not "new news." Saudi is not not our friend as much as they are our enemy's enemy. The precarious spot that it puts us in is that Saudi makes no bones about its anti-Shi'ite/ anti-Iranian stance. Not a problem until we look at the fact that we just helped install a Shi'ite government in Iraq. So it begs the question: is Saudi really an enemy to Iran AND the newly-elected govt. in Iraq?

 

 

If we had to pick our enemy, it might be best to work with Iran. They have a solid and educated middle class. While the current government and the theocracy is a huge problem, it may be largely a problem for the Iranian people. The Saudi's, on the other hand, have a lot of oil and a wahabist ideology that is at the heart of much of the anti-western forment worldwide. Hard to pick a friend here but it is pretty clear, Saudi Arabis is no US ally. This is the place to draw the line...

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Agreed, Mick. And I think we will see further efforts to drive a wedge between the Iranian people and their radical leadership. Saudi leadership itself is quite radical, as you say, but it seems that since their venom is typically pointed at the Shia, we don't really care that much.

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Saudi leadership itself is quite radical, as you say, but it seems that since their venom is typically pointed at the Shia, we don't really care that much.

 

 

tell that to the women who live in "The Kingdom".

tell that to the 9-11 survivors here.

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