The New Motivation for US War in Iraq
Posted by Fredsvenn den april 16, 2008
CRAWFORD – The US rationale for war in Iraq has morphed from ousting strongman Saddam Hussein, to countering Al-Qaeda militants to its latest incarnation – facing down what officials in President George W. Bush’s administration call the Iranian “threat”.
Brookings Institution expert Suzanne Maloney said that “disastrous Bush policies fostered a sectarian Iraq that has helped empower Iranian hardliners. “Rather than serving as an anchor for a new era of stability and American pre-eminence in the Persian Gulf, the new Iraq represents a strategic black hole, bleeding Washington of military resources and political influence while extending Iran’s primacy among its neighbors.”