One would assume that the Global War on Terror is predicated on the pursuit and disruption of Al Qaeda. Not so it seems.
The neoconservatives envisaged that once the US invaded Iraq, all the US needed to do was side with the Shiites, who would in turn assist the US in its plans to later attack Iran. The plan was based on the flawed assumption that after the Iran/Iraq war of the 1980’s, the Iraqi Shiites would oppose their brethren in Iran.
Not so it seems.
In spite of the fact that George Bush recently kissed the feet of Abdul-Aziz Al-Hakim, Leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq leader of SCIRI and the Badr Army. Hakim has made it clear that in the event of a US attack on Iran, he and his followers would do their duty, ie. side with Iran. Not surprisingly, Muqtada al Sadr has said the same thing.
What to do?
As Seymour Hersh explains , the new US strategy has been to switch sides and support the Sunnis. Yes, the same Sunnis who are killing and maiming US troops in Iraq.
Even more bizarre, as Hersh reports, is that the US are also supporting radical Sunni Jihadists, (with links to Al Qaeda) in Lebanon, to attack Hezbollah in the event of a war with Iran.
You couldn’t make this stuff up.
So to summarize, Al Qaeda (a radical Sunni group) attacked the US on 9/11. Iran helped the US pursue Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and not only captured some key members, but offered to hand them over. Naturally, Washington rejected the offer.
The Bush Administration then uses 9/11 as the pretext to invade Iraq, and is now siding with Al Qaeda’s allies to go after Iran (enemies of Al Qaeda) and Hezbollah – both of which are no threat to the US, nor even enemies of the US.
All the while, Bin Laden remains a free man.
Makes sense right?
UPDATE 1: The great irony about Iraq is that what the US most wanted was a secular leadership that was pro Western, and opposed to Sharia Law, Al Qaeda and Iran. What group best fits that decription? Why the Baathists of course.
As General William Odum (famous for describing the Iraq advanture as the greatest strategis misatke in american history) said do eloquently, Victory is nto an option in Iraq becaus the Iraq war was not in US interests.