Ahmed Chalabi just had a lovely visit with new Iranian President Mahmoud "Israel should be wiped off the map
" Ahmadinejad. Chalabi praised Iran
for its "positive role in the composition and formation of the Iraqi government", while Ahmadinejad, for his part, described
the current dismal situation in Iraq as "the tragic outcome of the occupation by foreign forces" and looked forward to joint economic activity, including joint pipeline deals, as soon as the pesky Americans got out of the way.
All of this might be a little distressing to the hawks at the American Enterprise Institute, many of whom advocated invading Iraq based in part on the anticipation that Chalabi would be head of government there, and on his assurances that he would, among other things, establish diplomatic relations with Israel. Well, they'll have their chance to ask him about it when he plays the role of honored guest at the talk he's giving there next Wednesday.
Iran visit links via Juan Cole