Great news: Iran thinking of working with U.S. to pacify Iraq

posted at 11:31 am on June 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

I’m not sure what “cooperation” means here, exactly. Are we talking about loose coordination, with U.S. jets targeting ISIS supply lines to make things easier for Iraqi troops on the ground? Or are we talking about Martin Dempsey and Qassem Suleimani on the phone together, plotting coordinated air-ground action on the front lines between the USAF and IRGC?

Really excited about a formal partnership with Shiite terrorists to defeat Sunni terrorists. Onward to the future!

Shi’te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.

The idea is being discussed internally among the Islamic Republic’s leadership, the senior Iranian official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official had no word on whether the idea had been raised with any other party…

“We can work with Americans to end the insurgency in the Middle East,” the official said, referring to events in Iraq.

“We are very influential in Iraq, Syria and many other countries.”

Supposedly Iran’s willing to send only weapons and advisors, like 150 Quds Force troops, to Iraq right now, but some U.S. officials think Baghdad’s going to be overrun if something doesn’t change quickly on the ground. (“The Green Zone is going down.”) If Tehran was willing to send IRGC and Hezbollah muscle to Syria to help Assad, they’ll eventually muscle up to stop ISIS from pushing to the Iranian border too. Maliki still has Shiite militias in Baghdad and southern Iraq he can call on — they started to remobilize months ago as ISIS advanced south — but ISIS has evolved into a professional fighting force, now equipped with U.S. weaponry confiscated in Mosul. How long would the militias last against 12,000 ISIS guerrillas? Time for Iran to fight a two-front war of its own.

One thing that interests me about the rise of ISIS is how it represents yet another misjudgment by Al Qaeda about its prospects in Iraq. They tried to turn Anbar province into a base during the U.S. occupation but ended up alienating the locals with their brutality, which led to the Awakening, which in turn kept them from putting together the sort of broad advance we’re seeing right now. One of the lessons they seem to have learned from that was that they can’t afford to be quite as savage with the locals as they might like, culminating in AQ actually kicking ISIS out of its coalition in Syria due in part to that group’s even more insane brutality. Fast-forward four months and not only is ISIS as vicious as ever, leaving decapitated Iraqi troops by the side of the road and forcing captives to dig their own graves before having their throats slit, they’ve actually formed a coalition of their own with some of Saddam’s Baathist henchmen and leftover Sunni insurgents who hate Maliki’s government. The NYT has an eye-popping story today about some Iraqi Sunnis choosing to return to Mosul, now occupied by ISIS, simply because they’ve concluded that anything would be better than rule by the Shiite government in Baghdad at this point. That’s how disastrous Maliki’s sectarian approach to government has been for Iraq. Zawahiri and Al Qaeda must be mystified, though. First they were too brutal and failed; now an even more brutal group is threatening to take over the country, with Sunni support. That’s more a function of bad timing than bad strategy, with ISIS exploiting a political and security vacuum left by America’s departure, but oh well.

Exit question: Which dumb piece of conventional wisdom will the foreign-policy establishment be pushing soon vis-a-vis Iraq? The idea that a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians might help solve this crisis? Or the idea that there are “moderates” within ISIS whom we should reach out to for peace talks?

Update: And there you have it.

Ayatollah Sistani, Iraq’s highest-ranking Shiite cleric, also put out the call today for Iraqis to fight ISIS. Sunni/Shiite civil war, dead ahead.


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Hey, now the entire world is getting the Israel Treatment!

By the time we flush this fool, the USA will quite literally stand alone in the world.

Tard on June 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Hey, now the entire world is getting the Israel Treatment!

By the time we flush this fool, the USA will quite literally stand alone in the world.

Tard on June 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Not quite. The United States is on the verge of annihilation at the hands of Islam, and Israel, being God’s chosen people, will survive. I’ve read the Book, and I know the ending…

bimmcorp on June 13, 2014 at 3:27 PM

sharrukin on June 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

TerryW on June 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Thank you, my friends.

It’s shameful our leadership is so oblivious to the realities. They are well known to historians and anyone familiar with these tribal cultures.

novaculus on June 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

And I’ll bet the American intel community will be surprised when Iran snookers us into having us do their dirty work for them. Obama has lost Iraq. All of those American lives and treasure have been wasted. Time to cut our losses and let nutjob kill nutjob. There are no good guys in all of this. Let Allah sort them out.

307wolverine on June 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Hillary said this week that her/obama’s biggest achievements are that the world again loves America, they inherited a hateful world and now we’re all peaceful. Send them your gratitude, rubes.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I can’t. This is a family forum.

307wolverine on June 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

people hate to admit it but the crazy bastard hussein held iran in check.
now we are screwed.

dmacleo on June 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Obama’s success in Iraq has yielded bountiful gifts and just keeps on giving.

Esaus Message on June 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I was just saying this to a friend yesterday:
We should hook up with Iran, Jordan, Israel with Kuwait/Saudi as staging areas.
Why?
Shi’a’s hate the sunni’s.
Al-Queda are sunni’s.
Isis are Sunnis.

Heck, Iran is going to be locked in on 2 sides by its
1400 year old enemies. Iran should be shaking in its boots
at this time and better ramp up its military because the sunnis
like to play soccer with the decapitated
heads of their long time enemies – the shi’a.

Pretty soon we’re going to be best friends forever w/Iran’s Shahs.

athenadelphi on June 13, 2014 at 8:27 PM

That’s how disastrous Maliki’s sectarian approach to government has been for Iraq.

Yeah, Saddams sectarian approach was much better. I was pretty sure W had talked both sides out of 1400 years of hatred for one another. Didn’t Islam invent inclusive society and diversity? Isn’t ISIS armed and trained by the CIA? Aren’t they the freedom fighters in Syria? Aren’t they doing the bidding of your Saudi masters? Should kabuki be this transparent?

BL@KBIRD on June 14, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Iran is so hot to trot to run the Middle East. Enjoy it. Bleed each other white.

K. Hobbit on June 14, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Nothing could go wrong as long as Darth Vader is in charge of security at our Embassy ?????? in Baghdad. Remember, Yoda and Luke trained in the deserts of Baghdad before going in to take out the Death Star.

All (D) live in fairy tales.

MSGTAS on June 17, 2014 at 10:31 AM

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