April 7, 2012

U.S. Repeating a Dangerous Mistake in Iran

Max Fisher, The Atlantic

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American foreign policy can get complicated. In the 1980s, the U.S. supported Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein because he was the greatest enemy of our enemy, the Islamic Republic of Iran. He's dead now because the U.S. invaded his country in 2003, a war heavily premised on claims that he was supporting terrorism, namely al-Qaeda. He wasn't supporting al-Qaeda. But he did supportanother terrorist group, called Mujahideen-e Khalq, or MEK. Now many leading American officialswant the U.S. to support MEK because they are an enemy of Iran. According to a new New Yorkerarticle by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the Bush administration gave MEK money, guns, and even training at a Nevada base starting in 2005.

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