Another example of the ‘success’ of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
I used to be for the project, but since then changed my mind. It has nothing to do with missing WMDs (they’re in Syria), and everything to do with trying to build a normal society within an Islamic country. Nation building in the Muslim world is like trying to mix water with oil.
NOTE: Daniel Pipes was right. The U.S. should have cleared out Saddam, withdrew to secure camps outside the cities and handed the keys over to other Baatist leaders with a promise to return if they repeat Saddam’s mistakes.
‘Iraq helping Iran skirt sanctions against nuclear program’
Baghdad officials, some with close ties to Iraqi PM Maliki, using a network of financial institutions and oil-smuggling operations that are providing Tehran with a crucial flow of dollars, ‘New York Times’ reports.
WASHINGTON – Iraq has been helping Iran skirt economic sanctions imposed because of its nuclear program, using a network of financial institutions and oil-smuggling operations that are providing Tehran with a crucial flow of dollars, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
In some cases, Iraqi government officials are turning a blind eye to trade with Iran, while other officials in Baghdad are directly profiting from the activities — with several of them having close ties to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the Times said.
US President Barack Obama acknowledged the problem last month when he barred a small Iraqi bank, the Elaf Islamic Bank, from any dealings with the American banking system, the newspaper said.