That's gratitude for ya

Iraq has been edging ever closer to Iran over the last year, ever since Tehran helped engineer the survival of Prime Minister Maliki despite his party winning fewer votes in the last election. Now comes the payback: More than six months after the start of the Syrian uprising, Iraq is offering key moral and financial support to the country's embattled president, undermining a central U.S. policy objective and raising fresh concerns that Iraq is drifting further into the orbit of an American arch rival - Iran. Iraq's stance has dealt an embarrassing setback to the Obama administration, which has sought to enlist Muslim allies in its campaign to isolate Syrian autocrat Bashar al-Assad. While other Arab states have downgraded ties with Assad, Iraq has moved in the opposite direction, hosting official visits by Syrians, signing pacts to expand business ties and offering political support. After Iraq sent conflicting signals about its support for Assad last month, Iraqi Prime Minister...(Read Full Post)