Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday tried to allay Iranian fears over a planned U.S.-Iraq security pact, saying his government would not allow Iraq to become a launching pad for an attack on its neighbor.
"Iraq today doesn't present any threat as it used to be in the times of the former regime," al-Maliki told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a Sunday meeting between two leaders, according to a statement from the prime minister's office.
"Today's Iraq is a constitutional state based on the rule of law, and it seeks to develop its relations with the regional countries based on cooperation and mutual respect," al-Maliki said.
Earlier, Iran's state-run news agency IRNA quoted the Iraqi leader as saying that "Baghdad would not allow its soil to be used as a base to damage the security of the neighboring countries, including Iran."
It never ceases to amaze me that the neocons believe in a world where the mostly irrelevant and powerless Ahmadinejad has his finger, literally and figuratively, on a nuclear weapon [that Iran doesn't have the capability to build or deploy] and the immediate destruction of Israel, and yet he routinely has warm meetings and dealings at all levels with his "counterpart" in Iraq, the same al-Maliki pictured here:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's just one degree of separation between McCain and Ahmadinejad now. Anyone for a bowl of hot steaming appeasement?
Al-Maliki and Ahmadinejad met Sunday afternoon, with Ahmadinejad calling on Iraq's neighbors and the United Nations to help restore security and stability to Iraq, IRNA reported. And al-Maliki thanked Ahmadinejad for his call for an end to longstanding U.N. sanctions against Iraq that date back to the 1991 Persian Gulf war.
Wait a minute--five years after the fall of the Iraqi regime under Saddam--five years--and the United Nations still has Iraq on its shit list? There are still UN sanctions against Iraq? I did not know that. But it doesn't surprise me--it's not like we've ever sent anyone to the United Nations who could actually get something done during the Bush Administration. Shouldn't someone be writing a letter or something on behalf of our allies in Iraq? As in, yo, this is a different government now. You can end the sanctions--they're the puppet government we're propping up.