Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Is Obama Seeking Iran's Help in Afghanistan?

An article in The Washington Post indicates that President-elect Barack Obama would attempt to engage Iran by seeking to have it help us in Afghanistan. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/10/AR200811102897_pf.html)

The reasoning behind this as put by one unnamed senior U.S. military official is that Iran doesn't "want Sunni extremists in charge of Afghanistan any more than we do."

I suppose 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend' is the raison d'ĂȘtre of Obama's argument to include Iran in the War in Afghanistan.

It has been argued that in the days following the September 11th attacks, the Iranians rounded up and interrogated al Qaeda suspects. But there is also evidence Iran has played both sides and also assisted key al Qaeda people escape the Islamic Republic.

I think it's a huge leap of faith for Obama to trust Iran at face value on anything much less assist us in hunting down Osama bin Laden.

Let us also not forget that Iran has been responsible for killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq and is the world's biggest sponsor of terror through Hezbollah. The last time I checked Hezbollah did kill 241 U.S. Marines in Beirut in 1983. I think Obama would have a lot of explaining to do our military families.

If Obama does engage Iran on Afghanistan you can be sure that Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs will a) demand Obama to fly to Tehran to meet with them b) tell him that he will back off any further push for UN Security Council sanctions for their nuclear proliferation program c) remove Iran from the State Department's list of nations that sponsor terror d) don't criticize Iranian or Syrian actions in Lebanon and e) sell out Israel.

Obama, of course, would be a fool to accept all those conditions but I can certainly see him accepting some of those conditions.

Whatever the case this is not an encouraging development at all.

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