Iran’s Hostile Policies in Iraq
Iran’s radical Islamic regime is playing an increas¬ingly aggressive role in neighboring Iraq, where it seeks to drive out American and coalition forces, cement its Shiite Iraqi allies’ hold on power, and pre¬vent the consolidation of a stable democracy that would pose a long-term threat to Iran’s theocratic political system. The Bush Administration has correctly sought to expose Iran’s efforts to radicalize and arm anti-Ameri¬can militias in Iraq. However, this strategy for containing Iranian influ¬ence in Iraq can succeed only if the United States proves to the Iraqis that it is a dependable ally. Contin¬ued congressional efforts to undercut the Bush Administration’s surge strategy in Iraq will only make it easier for Tehran to expand its hostile influence inside Iraq.