August 29, 2008, - 2:26 pm

I Told You So: Bush Handed Iraq to Iran & Hezbollah

By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, I’ve repeatedly criticized the “free” elections in Iraq, which handed the country over to Iran and Shi’ite extremism.
The arrest of Ali Al-Lami is blatant evidence of that. Not only is Al-Lami a top Iraqi official, he was on the Iraqi Elections Commission, which raises questions about election fraud in favor of pan-Iranian Shi’ite parties.
Bush made a big mistake not handing the country over to a benevolent, pro-U.S. Shah-like Sunni dictator.
Alhamdillullah [Praise allah], the Sh’ite crescent is complete:

A senior official in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government was in custody Thursday, suspected of ties to Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias and plotting a June bombing that killed 10 people, including four Americans, Iraqi authorities said.
The arrest of Ali al-Lami — which happened Wednesday in Baghdad as he left a plane arriving from Lebanon — reinforced suspicions about Iran’s influence within the Shi’ite-led Iraqi government and could open wider investigations into Shi’ite networks, including possible links to Lebanon’s Hizballah.
Al-Lami heads a commission responsible for keeping loyalists to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, out of government posts. He has been a target of criticism from Sunni leaders who claim the government wants to limit the overall Sunni voice in political and security issues.
He was arrested by U.S. and Iraqi troops at the airport as he returned with his family from medical treatment in Beirut, said a member of his commission, Qaiser Watout.
U.S. military officials would not confirm the arrest of al-Lami, who has been involved in government affairs since shortly after Hussein’s fall in 2003.
But the U.S. command said a suspected senior leader of Iran-backed Special Groups militias was detained at the airport on allegations of planning the June 24 bombing of a municipal building in Sadr City, a Shi’ite district in the capital. Two U.S. soldiers and two State Department employees died in the blast, along with six Iraqis.
“The man has been known to travel in and out of Iraq to neighboring nations including Iran and Lebanon, where it is believed he meets and helps run the Iranian-backed Special Groups in Iraq,” a U.S. military statement said.
In Washington, a senior U.S. military intelligence official said Thursday that the statement referred to al-Lami and that he was believed to have information that would lead investigators to people connected to other countries, an apparent reference to Iran and Lebanon. . . .
Iraqi Shi’ite parties that dominate the government maintain close ties to Iran [DS: Duh!], where many key figures spent years in exile during Hussein’s rule. . . .
“The Americans know very well that such people were brought up and trained” in the Iranian intelligence system, [Sunni legislator Mohammed] al-Daini said. . . . “The detention of al-Lami is part of a chain of events that will lead to the uncovering of others.”

Exit Question: How many others like Al-Lami are there in the Iraqi government.
Answer: it’s swarming with ’em.
“Winning in Iraq”? Or Establishing Iran II in Iraq?
On that note, I repeatedly find it incredible that over-rated airhead Mr. Campbell Brown a/k/a Den Senor–who helped architect the failed de-Baathification of Iraq and was a key leader in the capitulation to Shi’ism–has a half-page op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizing Joe Biden on Iraq. He’s as wrong as clueless Biden, actually worse.

5 Responses

If Bush screwed up, why vote for McCain who’s following the Bush plan?
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Norman Blitzer on August 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Cynical as I am, I wonder if it is coincidence that the arrest is announced during all the hoopla about Obuma last night, and Sarah Palin today, when the arrest will receive minimum press. Also interesting that Chalabi was against the arrest. Of course, he is a Shi’ite also, so you never know.
The capitulation to Iran has been consistent and bipartisan since the 70s, as Michael Ledeen has discussed in his recent book. The frustrating thing is that Bush got off to a good start in trying to reverse that capitulation, but by his second term, capitulated entirely to the State Department appeasers of Iran, and the other barbaric countries that are our enemies. While our attention is going to be focussed on the elections during the next few months, I think it is especially important for all of us to continue to keep an eye on foreign policy inLatin America, the Mideast and the other parts of Asia influenced by Russia.

c f on August 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Winning in Iraq”? Or Establishing Iran II in Iraq?
That is the nub of it–right on DS!! That says it so well–please keep reminding everyone of this–BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE IS!!!
People either like or hate the Bush-MCain approach. With all our well intended “patriotism”–we send our sons and treasury for the purpose of ….establishing Iran II in Iraq. Others want us to leave with nothing and do democrat Obama style–fight no one, make deals with any dictator/tyrant–be good citizens of the world approach.
Another Shah style Sunni leader makes sense for all the reasons you note here. Sadly, we know that the US will never set up a dictator ship in any country it occupies these days–it will never happen.
Oh for a REALITY minded person that would head up our foreign policy–who has the guts to take em on! Are there any such people out there we could get to do the job?

BB on August 29, 2008 at 5:25 pm

“Alhamdillullah [Praise allah], the Sh’ite crescent is complete:”
Not quite. Jim Baker and Bush 41 “realised” that the road to “peace” required certain corrections be applied to the former British Mandate borders. Iran cannot remain isolated with limited access to the West. The Shiah Crescent will only be complete when Syria and Lebanon join [the former] Iraq and Iran…and give the Persians a clear rout to the Mediterranean Sea. Then we will have “Peace”.
Oh, and of course we must ensure that the “virus” or “cancer” of my country (Israel) is removed from the noble Islamic body. Condi and Bush are on top of the situation, and inshallah, the expansionist, imperialist, gargantuan, Zionist entity should be gone soon. (At least that’s what the Axis of Jew haters would like to believe.)

Miluimnik on August 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm

God is in control, Biblical prophesy will be fulfilled, shall we second guess God and complain that He isn’t shaping hte world the way we think He should? Israel will prevail, and her enemies utterly defeated, but certain issues have to be inplace before the beginning of the end, and htese issues have not happened yet. If Iraq is to becoem Iran 2, then it is God’s will, if not, then it won’t, if the end is near, then it is near, if not, then it’s not- but the one constant still remains- God IS in control, regardless of what it looks like to us outsiders.

CottShop on September 2, 2008 at 12:45 pm

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