Iran to host summit with Iraq and Syria

posted at 12:49 pm on November 20, 2006 by Allahpundit

This is like O.J. and A.C. inviting Fred Goldman to dinner:

The Iranian diplomatic gambit appeared designed to upstage expected moves from Washington to include Syria and Iran in a wider regional effort to clamp off violence in Iraq, where more civilians have been killed in the first 20 days of November than in any other month since the AP began tallying the figures in April 2005.

The Iranian move was also a display of its increasingly muscular role in the Middle East, where it already has established deep influence over Syria and Lebanon.

Khamenei is reportedly backing Rafsanjani, the crazy-but-not-that-crazy former president, for election to the Assembly of Experts next month to balance the influence of the really-really-crazies like Mesbah-Yazdi. If he’s that worried about the radicals, maybe he figures it’s time to dial things down a bit in Iraq. And if he can do it in a way that aggrandizes Iranian prestige, like initiating a summit, so much the better.

This figures into it too. If they’re going to make a power play in Beirut, they’ll want things relatively quiet for awhile on their other front.

It’s a slow news day so we end with a cartoon. Click the image to watch.
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Iran will be using the usual double-speak. Talk peace in front of Western cameras which the liberals will just eat up but when these terrorist get back home, it’ll be the usual “Death to America” rants.

Yakko77 on November 20, 2006 at 12:53 PM

Yea… like anything good can come of that meeting. You have Iran and it’s puppet state Syria meeting with Iraq. Iran has been actively undermining security in Iraq, and has been giving aide to the insurgency and Shia militias.

To quote Han Solo: “I got a bad feeling about this.”

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on November 20, 2006 at 12:54 PM

do you realize how much trouble we could save ourselves in hte long run if we just nuke Qum and Tehran?

Defector01 on November 20, 2006 at 1:03 PM

Their intentions are peaceful. Right Jimmy? Right?

Editor on November 20, 2006 at 1:09 PM

Defector01,

Don’t you know those sort of comments are “no-no” here?

Editor on November 20, 2006 at 1:09 PM

expected moves from Washington to include Syria and Iran in a wider regional effort to clamp off violence in Iraq

This weird idea to beg Iran and Syria to help us in Iraq reeks “weakness.” Why hasn’t President Bush disavowed this idea?

Hopefully, the left-wingers having the collective December 22 orgasm are right: we are going to attack Iran. That will definitely help Iraq and then we can engage a new government there.

januarius on November 20, 2006 at 1:18 PM

Don’t you know those sort of comments are “no-no” here?

Yeah we prefer the phrase “Creating Self-lighting glass bottomed parking lots” or if referring to the South Bronx, “urban renewal“.

Iblis on November 20, 2006 at 1:31 PM

Isn’t someone missing from this gathering?

Kim Jong Ill must be pissed.

fogw on November 20, 2006 at 1:41 PM

Defector01,
Don’t you know those sort of comments are “no-no” here?
Editor on November 20, 2006 at 1:09 PM

Yeah, no nuke ‘em stuff.

BUT a well placed 2000 lb dumb bomb, or a missile from a visiting ship in the near-by gulf?
That should do the trick.

shooter on November 20, 2006 at 2:10 PM

Gotta love those Iranians cartoons….

Yakko77 on November 20, 2006 at 2:22 PM

Would it be to much to hope for that Talibani goes there and rips into Amadinajihad for poking into his countys business? Yeah, I thought so.

bspoogeferd on November 20, 2006 at 2:30 PM

Why hasn’t President Bush disavowed this idea?

Because he still thinks Iran and its puppet Syria would be ‘helpful’.

And he still thinks that Islam is a religion of Peace – so of course Iran and Syria would only want peace right?

CrazyFool on November 20, 2006 at 2:33 PM

Bush is dummer than idiot Carter. He freed up Iraq..so the Shia could hook up with Iran….most of the Shia leaders were hiding in Iran. The dumb buffoon.

LZVandy on November 20, 2006 at 2:39 PM

“Target-rich environment”

mojo on November 20, 2006 at 2:49 PM

Who’s A.C.?

To me A.C. is Ann Coulter.

urbancenturion on November 20, 2006 at 2:58 PM

Isn’t someone missing from this gathering?

Kim Jong Ill must be pissed.

fogw on November 20, 2006 at 1:41 PM

So glad to see you commenting again, fogw.

You forgot their buddy, Chavez, representing Castro too, for old times’ sake.

Entelechy on November 20, 2006 at 3:29 PM

Isn’t someone missing from this gathering?

Kim Jong Ill must be pissed.

fogw on November 20, 2006 at 1:41 PM

I’m so ronery!

Scorched_Earth on November 20, 2006 at 5:30 PM

Post-Mussolini Italy to meet with NaZi Germany and Imperial Japan.

Tony737 on November 20, 2006 at 6:40 PM