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Subject:  Re: Interesting concept Date:  6/26/2019  8:20 AM
Author:  OrmontUS Number:  561640 of 575913

A land invasion of Iran would be even more unpopular if people pondered the relative size, training and weaponry of Iran compared to what Iraq had when we invaded - not to mention the difference in topography and ground conditions between the two countries.

There is little chance of Al Qaeda being a client or even a long term associate of Iran. They are a vehemently Wahabi Sunni group whose leaders regard liberal Muslims, Shias, Sufis and other sects as heretical and its members and sympathizers have attacked their mosques and the mullahs of Iran are Shia.

It's true that they have allies, but most of them are juxtaposed against stronger allies of the US (Hezbollah vs. Israel, Yemen rebels against Saudis). They obviously know enough about Russia not to trust them as a reliable allie, but if the US alienates China, that combination might make sense as China expands its Silk Road initiative.

Be careful what rhetoric thread you follow - especially from unnamed US government sources who may be trying out an idea for future political expansion.

To those who think Iran is an irrational rouge state, I would submit that despite outrageous rhetoric, they have behaved very methodically and pragmatically on the world stage for a coupled of decades now. Contrary to other countries, they have been rather successful without getting (overtly) directly involved in any wars, other than their strategic support of the Syrian government (which makes a great deal of sense from their standpoint for a number of reasons).

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