Two famous “experts in Iraq”: General David H. Petraeus. Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq, and US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker were starring at the hearings on the Capitol Hill. It is not a secret that the situation in the region develops adversely for the USA. The intervention in Iraq has resulted in lots of domestic and foreign problems for Washington. The rating of the Iraqi War dropped to the absolute minimum. The problem of “Iraq democratization” remains unsolvable, the resistance to the occupation coalition is growing.
In these conditions moreover on the eve of the presidential election the US Administration deadly needs “a scapegoat”, which could be referred to as a key cause of all failures in “democratization of Iraq”.
Both Petraeus and Crocker easily revealed the substance of the problem. As it happens, it is Iran that is a troublemaker. They harshly blamed on Teheran claiming that it performs subversive activities in Iraq and in the Middle East in general.
General Petraeus indicated that Iran is responsible for creation, organizational establishment, and provision of arms and other military equipment to Iraqi Shiah group “Mahdi Army” (leader – Sheikh Moqtada As-Sadr).
"It would be fair to note that Iran-fed special teams in Iraq bear responsibility for killing hundreds of US soldiers and thousands of Iraqi soldiers and peaceful people”, the General emphasized.
The General was supported by Democratic Senator Lindsey Graham. He compared Iran with “a cancer that should be eliminated”. However the Senator urged to refrain from the use of the armed force against Iran but insisted on tough political, economic and other sanctions against this country.
It seems that the American President just waited for such conclusion of experts and legislators. He focused on “the Iran issue” in his address that has been called already by certain experts “the last warning to Tehran”.
George Bush was quick at the draw and expressly compared the Islamic Republic of Iran with international terrorist organization Al Qaeda calling them “the gravest challenges to America in this century”.
"If we lose, Al Qaeda will celebrate a huge propaganda victory and may find shelter with Iraq from where it will make sallies against the USA, our friends and allies. In turn Iran will try to fill the vacuum in Iraq, and our defeat will encourage radical leaders in Tehran, and spur their ambitions to dominate in the region”, George Bush said.
The US President once again warned Tehran against interfering into the internal affairs of Iraq. The President emphasized: “Iran should make a choice – either it will live in peace with its neighbors and maintain strong economic, cultural and religious ties with them or it will continue to fund and train illicit military teams that terrorize the Iraqi population”.
He claimed that “America will encourage development of relations between Iran and Iraq if Tehran makes a correct choice”. “It Iran makes incorrect choice, the USA will do its best to defend its own interests, own troops and Iraqi partners”, Bush added.
The high degree of George Bush’s rhetoric is quite explainable - the end of the Iraqi War is not yet in sight. It is necessary to take urgent measures to create at least a façade of future stabilization in Iraq against the background of George Bush’s statements on forthcoming reduction of the US troops in this country. But it fails to take place.
Therefore it is necessary to find a foreign enemy to father responsibility on it for own strategic and tactical errors, blunders of “expert-advisers” and self-seeking commanders. And what is the better enemy of the USA in the region but Iran?
Indeed, Iran doesn’t want “the American-style democracy”! A good example of this democracy is Iraq, where almost 200,000 foreigners try to impose the Western democracy standards on the Arabs with guns and bullets. Due to this reason Tehran also warns the USA and West against possible aggression and simultaneously urges them to respect its sovereign right to be independent in implementation of its economic policy.
Meanwhile in spite of the threatening rhetoric of America Iran confirmed its readiness to hold regular tripartite consultations with the USA and Iraq in Baghdad in the nearest future to provide for relaxation of tension in the region.