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Someone should ask General Petraeus today why he is working so hard to help Iran. This is not to suggest he is some sort of enemy of the state. I suppose he is following orders, but why doesn't he question his wildly counterproductive and conflicting orders?

I hear him bemoaning Iranian influence in Iraq all the time. Yet, no one has helped Iran more inside Iraq than he has. We have lent the full force of our military might to the political faction and Shiite militia most closely associated with Iran.

Granted there aren't a lot of good guys in the different Iraqi militias (on the other hand, they don't have much reason to think we're swell, either). But why have we decided to back the most pro-Iranian militia in the whole country?

The Badr Corps is linked with the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), which is the largest party inside Iraq. The Badr Corps also happens to be the militia with closest ties to Iran. They also happen to be the militia that ran those feared death squads during the ethnic cleansing of Baghdad. And get this - they are also the ones that want to split up Iraq instead of keeping it unified.

All of these objectives seem to be diametrically opposed to what we want in Iraq. So why have we thrown all our military muscle behind them? This is not just a rhetorical question. I'm actually curious as to what the answer is. Why are we helping ISCI and Bard Corps split up Iraq and allowing Iran to gain even greater influence inside Iraq?

I hope Gen. Petraeus isn't going to pretend that the Sadr's Mahdi Army has closer ties to Iran. That is demonstrably false. If he does that, then you know he is just Dick Cheney's puppet trying to stoke hostilities with Iran based on false premises. But beyond that, if we want to fight Iran so badly, why are we helping their top allies in Iraq?

I would love it if we actually used Congressional hearings to ask a real question for once and if General Petraeus, for once, gave us a real answer.

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Petraeus said "More Time"More Time is ab... by hlg on Tuesday, Apr 8, 2008 at 12:22:28 PM
Petraeus said "More Time"More Time is ab... by hlg on Tuesday, Apr 8, 2008 at 12:23:10 PM
The answer to the question posed may be quite simp... by Niloufar Parsi on Wednesday, Apr 9, 2008 at 2:56:22 AM
Let us put General Petraeus' testimony in cont... by kwalsh on Wednesday, Apr 9, 2008 at 5:42:35 PM
Let us put General Petraeus' testimony in cont... by kwalsh on Wednesday, Apr 9, 2008 at 5:45:51 PM
He is helping Iran because the invasion and occupa... by Archie on Wednesday, Apr 9, 2008 at 10:45:20 PM