A brief background of America’s alliance with Iran

In Bushbama and the fall of the Middle East dominoes I describe revulsion at our president publicly considering the possibility of an alliance with Iran “to stabilize Iraq and contain Islamist extremism.” A fitting conclusion to decades of barely hidden from view cooperation between the two states. And while “Bushbama” goes much farther in detailing that relationship, here presented in far fewer words is my summary of that nefarious relationship.

That which inspired this blog is the Obama Administration openly describing the “possibility” of military alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran. In fact the US has for decades maintained a “quiet” relationship with that country beginning at least with the Reagan Administration: Remember Irangate. In “Bushbama” I remind also that Bush solicited and accepted not just Ahmadinejad’s intel on the mysteriously non-existent Iraqi WMD, but also relied on Iran-supplied intel in Afghanistan, and who knows where else. I described the years of the Rumsfeld-Chalabi relationship in which the Iraqi expatriate was feeding the Bush Administration Iranian disinformation regarding those disappeared WMD’s to provide Bush his justification for invading Iraq.

One has to express absolute admiration for the way Iran so deftly led serial and incredulous US presidents to achieve virtually all of its regional goals: American arms to fight Iraq in the 1980’s; Bush, Sr’s weakening of Iraq in 1990; the final overthrow of Saddam in 2003 by son, Bush, Jr; a long and drawn out nitpick negotiation with our present president allowing Iran time needed to bring it to the threshold of a nuclear weapon complete with a missile program allowing what America has described that ”terror state” the ability to deliver that weapon anywhere in the world.

And now, panicked in our haste to escape the wreckage we created across the Middle East, the final act of betrayal for our former friends and allies in the region: turning to Grand Ayatollah Khameini and the notorious Iran Revolutionary Guard Command that financed, trained, armed and even led Shi’ite insurgents against American forces in Iraq: turning to the IRGC to “stabilize” Iraq and the region?

About the Author
David made aliya in 1960 and has been active in Jewish issues since. He was a regional director for JNF in New York, created JUDAC, Jews United to Defend the Auschwitz Cemetery during that controversy; at the request of Jonathan Pollard created and led Justice for the Pollards in 1989.