Here’s some­thing that would almost be funny in an alter­nate uni­verse or a com­edy about the dan­gers of hubris. The NY times is telling us that Iraq is ask­ing for help with its secu­rity — from Iran.

We had a good dis­cus­sion with Mr. Ahmadinejad,” [Iraqi Prime Minister] Maliki said at a news con­fer­ence in Tehran, the Iranian cap­i­tal, after the two met. “Even in secu­rity issues, there is no bar­rier in the way of coöperation.”

The bed­fel­low­ship appears to be mutual, as

Mr. Ahmadinejad said that “Iran will give its assis­tance to estab­lish com­plete secu­rity in Iraq because Iraq’s secu­rity is Iran’s security.”

But wait … isn’t Iran sup­posed to be a bad guy for work­ing on ura­nium enrich­ment and mak­ing nukes and bla bla bla?

Nice one, George. You gonna crush the gov­ern­ment you just got done insist­ing was demo­c­ra­t­i­cally elected now? It’s obvi­ous this one caught the US pro­pa­ganda machine totally by surprise:

Mr. Maliki’s visit came at a time when the American ambas­sador in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, and American mil­i­tary com­man­ders have increas­ingly accused ele­ments in Iran of stok­ing vio­lence in Iraq.

I guess American “intel­li­gence” is still work­ing every bit as well as it was in, say, August of 2001. (Or at least the “intel­li­gence” in the White House is.) The US is being cau­tious about say­ing any­thing, but the State Department admits Iranian involve­ment in Iraqi affairs “is some­thing that we remain con­cerned about.” But that doesn’t seem to mat­ter to those wacky Iraqis.

All the polit­i­cal, secu­rity and eco­nomic accords that have been signed with the Islamic republic’s offi­cials will be car­ried out,” [Maliki] said.

Looks like Iraq might end up get­ting its hands on WMDs after all, huh?


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