Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Bush Seeking Iran's Help in Iraq
Bush's new "cut and run" policy: Give Iraq to the Shiites:|
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President George W. Bush has authorized the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad to meet Iranian officials to help secure Iraq after the Pentagon starts withdrawing troops, Newsweek reported on Monday.Back in October, Bush was singing a very different tune:
In the December 5 issue of Newsweek, which hit news stands on Monday, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said he had explicit permission from Bush to begin a diplomatic dialogue with Iran about Iraq.
"I've been authorized by the president to engage the Iranians as I engaged them in Afghanistan directly," said Khalilzad, a former U.S. envoy to Afghanistan. "There will be meetings, and that's also a departure and an adjustment."
(Source: Reuters US Iraq ambassador to discuss Iraq with Iran, Nov. 28, 2005.
Third, we're determined to deny radical groups the support and sanctuary of outlaw regimes. State sponsors like Syria and Iran have a long history of collaboration with terrorists, and they deserve no patience from the victims of terror. The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them, because they're equally as guilty of murder. (Applause.) Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization.If Iran is a sponsor of terrorism, and we're seeking to cooperate with them, doesn't that make the US an "enemy of civilization" according to President Bush?
(Source: White House Web Site: President Discusses War on Terror at National Endowment for Democracy, Oct. 6, 2005 [emphasis added.])