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There is nothing like a common enemy to forge a friendship, right? Iraq, a nation that is rebuilding after being destroyed by the United States for whatever reason is turning to former enemy Iran for arms. Of course, that violates an arms embargo against Iran, but that doesn’t matter to the new rogue state Iraq.

What this says is that Obama’s Middle East policy is in a complete breakdown. Iraq and Afghanistan remain our mortal enemies. Iran is a mortal enemy with which we are tiptoeing while they are developing nuclear weapons under our noses.

The ever-evolving Egyptian government isn’t headed our way. Syria is off the boards.

The bright spots are that we have a relationship with Turkey. The Saudis remain friendly. Israel hasn’t lost it completely as they await the arrival of Hillary Clinton. Pakistan has stepped pursuit of militants, on its own.

Now, Obama and the Pentagon prefer to dabble in Africa, and to chase an elusive new breed of terrorists while the Middle East smolders like Vesuvius.

“Iraq Signs $195 Million Arms Deal With Iran

Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq $195 million worth of arms and ammunition, according to a report by Reuters, in a move that would violate a U.N. weapons embargo on Iran. Reuters said documents showed that Iraq signed eight arms contracts with Iranian state-owned companies in November, just weeks after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met with U.S. President Barack Obama requesting additional weapons to fight al Qaeda-linked militants. Maliki would neither confirm nor deny the reports, and the Iranian government denied any knowledge of an arms deal with Iraq. The United States said it is "seeking clarification" over the report, and State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said "If true, this would raise serious concerns." A U.S. official said such a deal could complicate ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.”

fp@foreignpolicy.com

"EXCLUSIVE-Iraq signs deal to buy arms, ammunition from Iran - documents

Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:45pm EST
Deal includes eight contracts worth $195 million in total
Contracts signed weeks after Iraq PM Maliki visited U.S.
Deal violates U.N. arms embargo on Iran (Updates with U.S. State Department spokeswoman, paragraphs 7-9 and 11-14)”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/24/iraq-iran-arms-idUSL6N0LT41H20140224?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMideast%20Brief&utm_campaign=Mideast%20Brief%202-25-14

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