Wednesday, October 31, 2007

NOT TO WORRY ABOUT IRANIAN INFLUENCE IN IRAQ--IT'S ALREADY EVIDENT

October 31, 2007

Tension With Turkey Shaking Iraq

BAGHDAD, Oct. 31 — Tensions in northern Iraq between Kurdish guerrillas and neighboring countries are threatening to dominate Iraq’s diplomatic agenda, despite the country’s far broader needs, Iraqi officials indicated today.

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki met with Iran’s foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, and asked him to intervene on Iraq’s behalf at the meeting of Iraq’s neighbors in coming days in Istanbul.

“The prime minister asked the Islamic Republic to present their full support to Iraq during the Istanbul meeting and also to participate in solving the border crises between Turkey and the P.K.K.,” said a statement from Mr. Maliki’s office.

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So, now that Iran has been asked to represent Iraq among the Iraqi neighbors, as they try to diffuse the Kurdish issue, how can we possibly screw this up as well?

Fear not, we'll find a way. No opportunity is too hopeful for this administration to wreck.

If all else fails, we'll bomb Iran.


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