If this wasn’t so pathetic it would be funny. Bush, squeezing Maliki’s nuts to get the right to permanent bases, sends the puppet to Tehran to reassure the Iranians of the American’s good intentions, that our Iraqi bases would never be used to attack Iran.
“We will not allow Iraq to become a platform for harming the security of Iran and its neighbors,” Mr. Maliki said, according to the Iranian state-run news agency, IRNA, which reported that he met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the second day of a three-day visit.
As if anyone in Tehran would buy that line, Maliki then had to go visit his spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader. I’m sure the Ayatollah had to control his laughter when the supplicant Maliki said he could control the American military.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has advised Iraq’s visiting prime minister against signing an agreement with the US keeping foreign troops in the country beyond 2008. The continued presence of US troops was Iraq’s “fundamental problem”, Khamenei told Nuri al-Maliki during a meeting on Monday