Wow! Defensive much? As far as I can tell, the reporter is actually trying to vindicate the Administration from the charge that they “abandoned Iraq.” He wants to establish that the President wanted a Status Of Forces Agreement (SOFA) but the Iraqis refused. But the State Department spokeswoman is having none of it.
The basic playbook for the State Department, as for all U.S. government, is that there is no history. The media often goes along with this view (though this reporter seems to be an anomaly). Is there Al-Qaeda in Iraq? Well, that “just happened” somehow. No point in going back and reviewing (“re-litigating”?) the past. Even when someone asks a softball question to exonerate the regime, the spokeswoman is so jittery about the exposure of our utter failure in Iraq that she attacks the questioner.
The fact is that we took a nation that was ruled by an enemy tyrant that was capable of enforcing a secular regime on Iran and, at great cost in blood and treasure, turned it into an unstable theocratic banana republic that was incapable of stopping an Al Qaeda invasion.
It is understandable that the State Department is jittery on this subject since Iran and its ally Syria are the current “bad guys” in the Middle East. Recent events just beg for us to ask the question: Why did we sacrifice American lives and treasure in order to build Iran a new ally? Thus, the AFP reports,
TEHRAN: Iran’s deputy chief of staff General Mohammad Hejazi today said the Islamic republic was prepared to provide military equipment and advice to Iraq to help it battle Al-Qaeda.
“If the Iraqis ask, we will supply them with equipment and advice, but they have no need of manpower,” Hejazi was cited by the official IRNA news agency as saying.
Hejazi said there had not been any request from Iraq to “carry out joint operations against the ‘takfiri’ terrorists,” a term used to refer to Al-Qaeda.
Iraqi forces are preparing a major attack to retake the city of Fallujah, which has been taken over by fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ( ISIL), which is also a major force in the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad in neighboring Syria.
I’m sure the State Department will offer more than Iran. Can you imagine how bad it will look for the U.S. government if Iraq accepted Iranian help as that of a natural religious ally?
In the meantime, who would be supporting Sunni extremists in Syria and Iraq? It may reach the point that we are sponsoring terrorist in Syria through Saudi Arabia and our own CIA, while we sponsor Shiites to fight them in Iraq.
Our Middle East record is insane. No wonder a State Department spokesperson would freak out if she thought a reporter was bringing it up.