I have to wonder what George Bush must be thinking as
Iraq’s elected Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari
readies for his trip next week to Iran.
I wonder if he’s surprised that the two countries have
recently inked a deal to have the Iranian government
train the new Iraqi Army and to send grain to Iraq,
whose children have been starving under thirteen years
of tough U.N. sanctions followed by two years of
American occupation. I wonder if Bush is surprised
that Jaafari will be talking to Iran’s new
fundamentalist President about linking the two
country’s electric grids and constructing a new oil
pipeline to the Iranian port of Abadan.
Surely Bush can’t be surprised. He must know that
Jaafari, along with much of Iraq’s current, elected
political leadership took refuge in Iran for much of
the 1980s – during a time that the United States,
under President Ronald Reagan supported Saddam. He
must also know that at the same time Iran’s new
president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was helping to organize
his country’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, Ibrahim
al-Jaafari was trying to overthrow Saddam Hussein and
put an Shi’ite Islamic state in its place.
I think George Bush (or at least his advisers) are
aware of these historical facts, This is why his
Administration resisted calls to hold elections for
almost two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Rather than organize a poll early on, the
Administration hired a company out of North Carolina
called Research Triangle Institute charged with
appointing local governments throughout the country.
Now, though, the Iraqi government is going out on its
own – proving that their interests are different from
What’s next for the Bush Administration? Are Iraq and
Iran a new axis of evil?
Aaron Glantz is a correspondent for Free Speech Radio News.