Their objective :: Reduce Iran's influence over the extremists throughout the M.E. The outcome of their folly :: Iran has been given immensely more power than they had before. All it has cost them is the supply of guns, ammo and IED's to the radicals, something they were already doing. They just upped the ante a little more since Bush created the perfect environs for the breeding grounds for terrorism in Bush's Islamic Republic of Iraq.
With Iran Ascendant, U.S. Is Seen at Fault
Arab Allies in Region Feeling Pressure
"The United States is the first to be blamed for the rise of Iranian influence in the Middle East," said Khaled al-Dakhil, a Saudi writer and academic. "There is one thing important about the ascendance of Iran here. It does not reflect a real change in Iranian capabilities, economic or political. It's more a reflection of the failures on the part of the U.S. and its Arab allies in the region."
"Iran's supporters are widespread -- they're in Iraq, they're in Afghanistan, they're everywhere. And you know, the American soldiers in the Middle East are hostages of Iran, in the situation where a war is imposed on it. They're literally in the hands of the Iranians," said Najaf Ali Mirzai, a former Iranian diplomat in Beirut who heads the Civilization Center for Iranian-Arab Studies. "The Iranians can target them wherever, and Patriot missiles aren't going to defend them and neither is anything else."
"Iran would suffer," he added, "but America would suffer more."
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