The Unintended Consequences of Intervention

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jack stowaway
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The Unintended Consequences of Intervention

Post by jack stowaway » Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:27 pm

The US/UK originally went into Iraq with the long-term intention of creating a stable, pro-Western government. Now, their over-hasty pull-out has created a power vacuum which Iran, naturally, seeks to fill.
size=150]Iran brokers behind-the-scenes deal for pro-Tehran government in Iraq[/size]
Fears over Iran's influence after secret talks involving Syria, Hezbollah and the highest authorities in Shia Islam

Iran has brokered a critical deal with its regional neighbours that could see a pro-Tehran government installed in Iraq, a move that would shift the fragile country sharply away from a sphere of western influence.
Disappointingly, the US govt. position on this development is this [from the same article]:
A senior Obama administration official said: "I would say Iraq is a sovereign government and we are not party to such discussions. With reference to the degree that Iraq's neighbours seek to play a constructive role, that is something we welcome. I emphasise 'constructive'. It is not about interaction with Iraq that matters but the quality of that interaction. If it is destructive, we condemn that."
[Read more at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oc ... ehran-deal

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Re: The Unintended Consequences of Intervention

Post by Barry » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:51 pm

jack stowaway wrote:The US/UK originally went into Iraq with the long-term intention of creating a stable, pro-Western government. Now, their over-hasty pull-out has created a power vacuum which Iran, naturally, seeks to fill.
I get the feeling that the administration, and many on the left in this country prefer that we not realize any benefit from a war that they opposed all along as a matter of principle. The administration seems so determined to put Iraq behind us that they won't even put in maximum diplomatic effort to try and get a more pro-American or even pro-Western government.
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Re: The Unintended Consequences of Intervention

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:54 pm

There is a fine line between "unintended" and "unforeseeable." What has happened and is happening in Iraq may have been the former, but it was not the latter. It might have been worth it, if that WMD scenario had been on the money.

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