Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s Master of Iraq Chaos, Still Vexes the U.S. – NYTimes.com

Details of the shadow war that transformed with the US invasion of Iraq and will shape the contours of the new Middle East:

Gen. David H. Petraeus, who came to know the Quds Force commander’s influence when he served in Iraq, once described General Suleimani as “a truly evil figure” in a letter to Robert M. Gates, then the defense secretary. In another letter, he acknowledged the influence General Suleimani had brought to bear in Iraq. “The most sobering surprise of the week was probably the extent of direct Iranian involvement in Iraqi political intrigue,” General Petraeus wrote in an April 2008 letter to Mr. Gates.

via Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s Master of Iraq Chaos, Still Vexes the U.S. – NYTimes.com.

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4 thoughts on “Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s Master of Iraq Chaos, Still Vexes the U.S. – NYTimes.com

  1. Matthew Merrill says:

    Sometimes it seems that in today’s world of modern technology military strategy is all but non-existent as it cowers before the power of pure military force. This article, however, shows that the skills of planning, shadowy negotiation, and intimidation are still in full effect in some parts of the world. Additionally, the pivotal, yet shadowy, role Qassim Suleimani has played in Middle Eastern politics only reinforces the idea that the region is frozen in a maze of political and military interactions (many of which are not always understood). This gives rise to an interesting question for U.S. defense/foreign policy: how does our experience working with or against people like Major General Suleimani change our perspective on how to carry out critical defense objectives?

  2. Matthew Merrill says:

    This article shows an interesting schism developing between Supreme Leader Khamenei and Qassim Suleimani.

    http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/iran-loses-its-economic-battle-7552?page=1

  3. This long report in the New York Times tells us some interesting stories, almost like a chapter from a thriller-espionage novel, but what concerns me is that it doesn’t bring us any closer to identifying what we don’t know about Iran, much less about how its run.

    For example, your article, Matthew Merrill, states that there is a schism between the Supreme Leader and Suleimani, but this Israeli article indicates a more complex friendship exists between them http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/the-intricate-web-of-relations-that-is-iran-s-leadership.premium-1.465350. We don’t know from any of the three aforementioned articles who really runs the show in Iran. We don’t know what factions exist in Iran, what they want, or what levels of influence one side has over another. Worst of all, we don’t know exactly who formulates Iranian foreign policy; we only see roughly how they implement it. So far, their implementation (with reference to the Quds force and proxy groups) has cost the lives of a lot of good men and innocent civilians.

    How do we stop it?

  4. cheholmes5 says:

    I agree with Michael Shields. The scariest thing about Iran is that we do not know any of those very important details. We do know only what they have done. They have opposed us in many ways and are trying still to do so. They are radical and dangerous and evil just like David Petraeus in the article explained. The US needs to be more safe than sorry when it comes to defense and foreign policy issues with Iran, or it will cost the US lives. The first link is shows Iranian government and how it is comprised. The second is a link that shows surveys of all kinds of questions, political, environmental, social, religous, etc. and the people’s answers to those questions. Then one can compare those answers given from one country to those of another country.

    http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/2149_A.htm
    http://www.wvsevsdb.com/wvs/WVSAnalizeIndex.jsp

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