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03-05-2008, 03:23 PM
Obama senior advisor blames Bush for Iran's anti-Americanism
By Rowan Scarborough
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a March 3 press conference in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Barack Obama's most senior military adviser says President Bush is to blame for Iran's bad behavior.

This assessment provided to Insight from retired Gen. Merrill McPeak provides a glimpse into how an Obama administration would deal with Iran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly has referred to the ultimate destruction of Israel; is pursuing nuclear weapons in the opinion of some national security experts; and his Revolutionary Guard is training Iraqis to kill American military personnel in Iraq.

Just last week, Ahmadinejad said of Israel, "The world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime, which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast."

In the view of McPeak, the most senior retired officer to back Obama's presidential run, Iran's behavior is a reaction to Bush's tough talk.

"Iran is a big enemy of al Qaeda," said McPeak, who was the Air Force's chief of staff and a Joint Chiefs member during the presidency of Bush's father.

"They were a big enemy of the Taliban," said the retired four-star general. "They cooperated with us quite completely in the initial phases of our Afghanistan operation. And it was us that insulted them by including them in the 'axis of evil' and making sure they understood we didn't like them very much."

McPeak, an Obama campaign co-chairman, was referring to Bush's post-September 11 speech in which he referred to North Korea, Iraq and Iran as an “axis of evil.”

"That drove us apart," said McPeak. "Obama's idea is, why not talk to them. Why not see if there isn't some common ground. Certainly, the fight against al Qaeda would be one of them."

National security experts say Iran's rogue behavior pre-dates Bush's speech. In June 2001, the Justice Department indicted 13 members of a pro-Iranian group, Saudi Hezbollah, for carrying out the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American service members in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Hezbollah held regular meetings in Iran, said the FBI.

"With all due respect to Gen. McPeak, what drives the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran apart—and has since 1979—is the unwavering antipathy of the regime in Tehran towards the United States, its ally Israel and freedom-loving, non-Islamist nations more generally," said Frank Gaffney, a Pentagon policymaker in the Ronald Reagan administration who heads the Center for Security Policy.

Added Gaffney: "It is not simply naïve, it is reckless to ignore: serial statements by the mullahs and their front man, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, about a world without America; their goons parading in Iranian cities shouting “Death to America”; their active efforts to kill and maim Americans and Iraqis in the hope of defeating the United States in Iraq and rendering the latter an oil-rich satellite and new safe-haven for Iranian-backed terror; and accumulating evidence that Iran’s Hezbollah proxies, and their intelligence agents are developing cells capable of unleashing deadly violence here as well as elsewhere. Even an individual without appreciable expertise in such matters like Sen. Obama should be able to discern these realities. It is inexplicable how a professional military officer like Gen. McPeak could fail to do so."

Obama, who leads in the race to be the Democrats' presidential nominee, has said he will meet with any leader of any state, including Iran's Ahmadinejad, without pre-conditions. "He would be willing to meet with the leadership of Pakistan, with the leadership of Iran, with the leadership in Syria and see if we can't find common ground," said McPeak. "I mean, some of those places aren't real happy with al Qaeda either, especially Iran."

Obama's position does not seem much different than an edict from Republican stalwart James Baker. The former secretary of state says he believes in talking to one’s enemies. But President Bush has shown no interest in meeting with Ahmadinejad or Syria's strongman Bashar Assad, whose country is allowing al Qaeda suicide bombers to pass through on their way to deadly missions in Iraq.

Asked if Obama would meet with al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden, who has declared war on America, McPeak said, "No. Bin Laden doesn't represent any country or legitimate government anywhere. "

Added McPeak, who switched from being a Republican to a Democrat over Bush's decision to invade Iraq, "[Obama] believes in a strong America and he understands that includes a military dimension.... He wants a strong military."

-Rowan Scarborough, a former national security reporter at The Washington Times, is a special correspondent for Insight. He is the author of "Rumsfeld's War" and "Sabotage."

Why does McCain have to be such a lying scumbag?


Hog's Gone Fishin
03-05-2008, 03:28 PM
Obama= armagedon

03-05-2008, 03:31 PM
Iran bad behaviour our fault LMAO what about everything since 1978.

all terrorist are our fault to :rolleyes:

03-05-2008, 03:38 PM
I'm sure if Obama just flies over and sucks Aberjabbercrombie's balls, world peace will ensue before he drops the cleanup towel.

03-05-2008, 07:45 PM
I'm sure if Obama just flies over and sucks Aberjabbercrombie's balls, world peace will ensue before he drops the cleanup towel.
You pronounced his name wrong. It's "aaaaaaaaaahhhhkkk(that sound when you hack up a loogie)me-done-a-job"

03-06-2008, 12:13 AM
Actually, a different pro-Big Oil Republican is to blame.


The 1953 Iranian coup d'état saw the overthrow of the democratically-elected administration of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq and his cabinet from power by British and American intelligence operatives working together with elements of the Iranian army. [...]

The idea of overthrowing Mosaddeq was conceived by the British who asked U.S. President Harry S. Truman for assistance but he refused.[5] The British raised the idea again to Dwight D. Eisenhower who became president in 1953. The new administration agreed to participate in overthrowing the elected government of Iran.[6]

Mosaddeq decided that Iran ought to begin profiting from its own vast oil reserves and took steps to nationalize the oil industry which had previously been controlled by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (later changed to the British Petroleum Company). Britain pointed out that Iran was violating the company's legal rights and spearheaded a worldwide boycott of Iran's oil that submerged the regime into financial crisis.[7] The monarchy supported by the U.S. and Britain invited western oil companies back into Iran.[7] "The crushing of Iran's first democratic government ushered in more than two decades of dictatorship under the Shah, who relied heavily on US aid and arms," Dan De Luce wrote in The Guardian in a review of All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer, a reporter for The New York Times, who for the first time revealed details of the coup. [...]

Jacob G. Hornberger, the founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, commented that "U.S. officials, not surprisingly, considered the operation one of their greatest foreign policy successes -- until, that is, the enormous convulsion that rocked Iranian society with the violent ouster of the Shah and the installation of a virulently anti-American Islamic regime in 1979."[10] According to Hornberger, "the coup, in essence, paved the way for the rise to power of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and all the rest that's happened right up to 9/11 and beyond."[10]

03-06-2008, 12:23 AM
...The British raised the idea again to Dwight D. Eisenhower who became president in 1953. The new administration agreed to participate in overthrowing the elected government of Iran...

So much for the only Republican the left has recently pretended to like.