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Ruh-Roh! Ahmadinejad in Iraq at Maliki’s invitation

oil_glory_200.jpgOne of my (incredibly well read and politically astute) Indian colleagues filled me on the rest of the world at lunch today and pointed me to this article from the BBC.  It seems like Maliki and Ahmadinejad are buddy-buddy and the success the surge was as real as a Vronsky Feint.   As my friend SR pointed out to me, this is typical behavior of all guerilla movements.  You lull your enemy in to a false sense of security and then hit them when they’re least expecting it.

The region still remains a powder keg with Saudi’s backing the sunnis and Iran backing the shiite and the US in the middle of a proxy war.  Thanks, George.  The media and the administration has been doing a pretty good job keeping the Iraq situation out of the media, probably because Hillary is a better candidate in the national security/foreign policy arena than Obama, who has yet to hold one hearing of his NATO and Afghanistan subcommittee.

For those of you who want a little more background on how problematic Iran can being in the future, listen to Terry Gross’ interview with Steve Levine on  Parsing Petro Politics in the Caspian Sea from Fresh Air.  Nuclear devices are the least of our worries and forceful diplomacy is needed toot sweet.