Israel, Iran & the US: Treacherous Alliance
You know the old saw, politics makes strange bedfellows. How about this one? Israel, Iran and the U.S. Yep, hard to believe but true. For many years the three acted in close cooperation. It’s a story that’s barely known. And for good reason. It is inconvenient. It’s like being reminded that the U.S. supported Saddam Hussain during his worse atrocities in the 1980s. Now that Iran is evil incarnate and its leader is compared to Hitler, all kinds of charges are leveled against it. Iran is responsible for the messes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush announces, “Iran is a threat to nation’s everywhere.” Everywhere? Nigeria? Ecuador? New Zealand, too? Iran is the excuse for the U.S. to inject itself even further into the Middle East by building more bases and selling billions of dollars in weaponry.
Trita Parsi is the co-founder and executive vice president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is also the founder and former president of the National Iranian American Council. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance, A Single Roll of the Dice and Losing an Enemy.