As I noted yesterday: Iranian officials on Monday attended a meeting in Rome with the US and NATO-dominated International Contact Group to discuss the future of Afghanistan. Attendees at the meeting also included Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan.
Mr. Holbrooke admitted that the United States had been forewarned of the Iranian presence.
“We were asked if we had any problems with that, and we said no,” he said.
Holbrooke went on to defend the Obama administration's decision to hook up with the Iranians saying: Tehran "has a role to play in the peaceful settlement of the situation" and that "for the United States today there's no problem with their presence."
The New York Times reported that Mahmoud Ali Qanezadeh, a high-ranking Iranian diplomat, "even attended an in-depth briefing Monday morning by the American military commander, Gen. David H. Petraeus, on NATO’s strategy for transition in Afghanistan."
"Incredible!", I noted, "the Iranians, who are facilitating attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, are now privy to NATO's strategy [for transition] in Afghanistan. Splendid!"
Iran is supplying insurgents in Afghanistan with weapons, ammunition and explosives. Taliban fighters have been training in Iran.
The US State Department, in its annual report on State Sponsored Terrorism stated that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps have "provided training to the Taliban on small unit tactics, small arms, explosives, and indirect fire weapons. Since at least 2006, Iran has arranged arms shipments including small arms and associated ammunition, rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, 107mm rockets, and plastic explosives."
I had also noted yesterday that the aforementioned decision to hook up with the Iranian regime in Rome was a foolhardy decision.
But, in truth, a more significant and larger point needs to be made - namely, that this was not merely a foolhardy decision. The Obama administration, in essence, surrendered to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, hoisted up the White Flag to the Iranian regime, and emboldened the aforementioned thugs to further pursue their pernicious aspirations.
Here's the deal:
President Obama, ever fearful of alienating his left-wing base, refused to employ the necessary manpower in Afghanistan to overcome the insurgency. Consequently, the U.S military is currently unable to defeat the Taliban. And, now, Obama - out of political expediency - in an effort to further appease his base - is desperately seeking an exit strategy from Afghanistan before the 2012 Presidential election. At all costs!
The delusional and illusionary hope of the Obama administration is that a more moderate element of the Taliban will agree to join a future government in Afghanistan and also agree to shut the door on Al Qaeda. However, since Iran is largely pulling the Talibans' strings, unless President Ahmadinejad gives his stamp of approval to all of the above, no such deal can be reached, and Obama subsequently will lose both his left-wing base and the 2012 election.
Hence, the President and his cronies decided it was in their best interest that Mr. Holbrooke and Gen. Petraeus meet with the enemy in Rome and hoist up the White Flag.
However, as I have noted previously: Contrary to conventional Left-Wing propaganda, the Iranian regime has deep ties to Al Qaeda that predates the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.; and there is no reason to assume that this cozy relationship will end anytime soon. Iran and the Taliban now have their hands wrapped tightly around Afghanistan's throat - thanks to Obama, the ultimate appeaser.
Meanwhile, all indications seem to suggest that Iran is steadily exerting its influence in Iraq. It goes without saying, that President Obama is largely to blame for the inevitable downfall and collapse of Iraq, for it is he, who, during his run for the Presidency, selfishly, put the U.S. withdrawal from the region on the front burner and used it as a pathway to ascend to the Oval Office.
And, now, President Obama is sacrificing the future of Afghanistan - and ultimately America's future - for his own political expediency.
Make no mistake about it, this is nothing less than a complete victory for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and a total surrender for the good ol' USA.
Mr. Ahmadinejad has now succeeded in garnering his first victory against the US. Consequently, he has now been emboldened to pursue the rest of his goals.
Indeed, the Iranian leader will never be satisfied until he brings home the World Cup - the World Championship in all its glory!