Iran Ready to Fill Iraq Vacuum after U.S. Leaves

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledged that Iran is ready to step in once the U.S. leaves Iraq.

Iran is ready to fill a vacuum in Iraq caused by the collapsing power of the United States, its president said on Tuesday. “The political power of the occupiers (of Iraq) is being destroyed rapidly and very soon we will be witnessing a great power vacuum in the region,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said. “We, with the help of regional friends and the Iraqi nation, are ready to fill this void.” Saudi Arabia was one of the countries Iran was ready to work with, he said.

That’s not nearly as reassuring as he thinks.

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Comments

  1. carpeicthus says:

    If only someone could have foreseen this by, say, knowing anything about the region.

  2. Clearly it is just a matter of having the “right” occupiers.

  3. Michael says:

    I say let them have it, that should put a quick stop to their ambitions of being a global power. Besides, if Iran and Al Qaeda are both trying to kill each other, isn’t that technically a win for the USA?