Scott Sullivan :
Gingrich should attack Iran
The Republican Party is now missing the big picture by attacking the Arabs and Palestinians, America's true allies in the Middle East, while protecting the Iranians, Pakistanis and Kurds, America's true adversaries in the Middle East. Moreover, all of President Obama's national security team -- Gates, Panetta, Clinton, and all of the US's top military commanders, are actually Pakistan/Iran syympathizers, not pro-US. For example, all of these officials ignored the Pakistan-Iran stratgic agreements signed one month ago initiating massive exports of Iranian gas to Pakistan, who will finance these gas imports with payments of hundred of millions of US dollars, much of it earned from the US due to the generous trade preferences the US is providing Pakistan as a valued "ally." Meanwhile, Iran will use this huge pool of hard currency funds to circumvent US sanctions.
Pakistan can also pay for these natural gas imports with sales to Iran of nuclear weapons capable F-16s, provided to Pakistan for Secretary Gates for use against the Taliban (laughter here please). In truth, Pakistan can provide Iran with considerable US state of the art military technology, funished to Pakistan since 1979 because the US decided to provide many US military manufacturers with export control waivers as a means of rewarding Pakistan for its "good behavior."
Moreover, Ahmadinejad hopes that the highly skilled Pakistani military, which has received extensive US military training at all levels since 1979, would be capable of reviving Iran's own ineffective military forces (Ahmadinejad provides adequate funding and equipment only to his trusted paramilitary groups such as the IRGC). Plus, Iran hopes to use its close connections with Pakistan's infamous ISI (Pakistan's CIA) to improve Iran's acess to Leon Panetta's CIA. When US miltary officers arrive in Afghanistan. they quickly learn that no dividing lines separate the ISI from the CIA or from Iran's inteligence services. Iran very much wants be part of this US-led elite intelligence force in Afghanistan.
Finally, Iran's annexation of Pakistan one month ago with the signing of the strategic Pakistan-Iran energy agreements -- just as Hitler annexed Austria before WW II -- would create a huge Iranian strategic space in South Asia, which would permit Iran to attack or coerce Afghanistan and the Central Asian states with Iranian superority in conventional and nuclear warfare, as well as the ability to use Pakistani ports and military bases to stage attacks by Iranian forces throughout South Asia.
Meanwhile, on Iran's western borders, Iran is planning a similar Iranian annexation of Iraq. Iran has even convinced Bush and now Obama that an Iranian "super strategic space" that includes both Pakistan and Iraq -- who next to Iran have the strongest military capabilities in the region -- is somehow a plus for US interests. In this regard, Ahmadinejad has convinced Obama that he should endorse Ahmadinelad's puppet - Nouri al Maliki -- as Iraq's next prime minister!
Newt Gincrich, Wake Up! By attacking Arabs and ignoring Iran, you are confusing enemies with friends. Iran and Pakistan are the enemy, while a democratic Iraq is our ally, led by Titoist Muqtada al Sadr, and backstopped by Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other Arab states. To put it another way, just as the Arab states are, at last, preparing to confront Iran on the issue of Iraq, you are agitating for a US confrontation with the Arabs. Mr. Gingrich, if your policy of confronting the Arabs, while appeasing Pakistan and Iran, does not "lend aid and comfort" to the Iranian enemy, then these words defining US treason no longer have meaning.
Instead of persecuting Arab Americans, and disrupting US security relations with the Arab world, why not direct the House Republicans to expose those traitors at Defense and State who are promoting Iran's power grab over Pakistan and Iraq. Why don't you drag those Pakistani Mafia from their plush offices at State and Defense, starting with your friend, mentor, and generous employer Robert Gates? Just one more question, are you and your followers protecting Gates?
Scott Sullivan is a former Washington government employee and was the Senior Advisor for International Economics at the Crisis Management Center of the National Security Council, 1984 - 1986. Petroleumworld not necessarily share these views.
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