Skip to comments.Fareed Zakaria: Iraq Withdrawal Is Victory For Iran
Posted on 10/22/2011 2:36:10 PM PDT by Evil Slayer
As the media did a victory lap over Friday's announcement by President Obama that all American troops would be removed from Iraq by the end of the year, Fareed Zakaria took a surprisingly contrary position.
Speaking from Tehran with a variety of CNN hosts throughout the day, Zakaria said this development was a disappointment for the United States and a victory for Iran.
(video follows with transcript and commentary)
JOHN KING, HOST: A simple question up front. U.S. troops leaving Iraq by the end of the year, Iran has to view this as a victory.
FAREED ZAKARIA: Oh, I'm sure it views it as a victory. Iran views what had happened in Iraq entirely from a kind of geopolitical prism. That is the U.S. and Iran are competing for influence in Iraq. They have viewed it that way from the start of the fall of the regime and they have their agents in there and Iran has long ties to many of threat groups that are now dominant in Iraq.
Prime Minister Maliki and his party were in exile in Iran for 10 years. Many of the Kurdish leaders, including the current president of Iraq, was in Iran. Many of them speak fluent Persian. They have long and ongoing ties. Muqtada al-Sadr, when he finds that things get difficult for him in Iraq he head backs to Iran. So all of these political officials have been nourished sustained by Iran. And as American troops draw down, Iran's influence can only increase.
KING: And this sounds incredibly crass, but is this a fair bottom line? That after almost nine years, billions of dollars in U.S. money and nearly 4,500 lives lost of brave U.S. service men and women, that Iran wins?
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A flood of more and more muslims into the US when the slaughter of collaborators begins.
So, how long after we leave does Iraq offically call for the extermination of Israel?
After all this, we give away a strategic advantage in the region with nothing in exchange. The Iraqis have unceremoniously thrown us out and deprived us of a vital intel and security asset.
Muslims killing Muslims. What’s not to like?
Zakarias anti Americanism was very amusing to CNN during the bush years. It’s beginning to try their patience as he mocks Dear Leader.
Served there ‘91 to ‘95.
“I dont want to pray 5 times a day to some insane allah.”
Which ME nation is big and bad enough to invade this country and force you to pray to a fake “god” 5 times a day?
“Its about OUR interests...”
“With N Korea, we better be in S Korea.”
He’s right. I just wish he weren’t so happy about it.
Yes, he is right. One of the only times I have heard him say something that is logical. Maybe he heard this from his good friend at the White House.
Newt Gingrich just said the same thing in Iowa. He said that we are going to lose the “3rd Iraq war” because of our premature withdrawl and because Iran will take Iraq over.
We call it a failure; they call it a win. When you put this complete withdrawal from Iraq together with Ubama's repeated refusal to intervene in Syria (Iran puppet) and Iran on the verge of nuclear weaponry which they fully intend to use on Israel and ...???....a clear picture emerges. It has always been about The Agenda.
Its a mess, no doubt about it.
so right, its been the Progressive World agenda since waaaaay back.
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