In 2003, George Bush proclaimed “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. In fact, the misbegotten U.S. attack delivered the country into the hands of Iran, our strategic enemy.
The story highlights the leading role of Gen. Qaem Soleimani, whom some reports say has been targeted for assassination. Another key player revealed: Iranian intelligence.
Some people say this story is an instance war-mongering. That’s a stretch. The Iranian influence in Iraq is real and unsurprising. These documents don’t make the case of U.S. war with Iran. They make the case for the folly of U.S. militarism in the Middle East. We came to conquer and, of course, we got played.
Many of the cables describe real-life espionage capers that feel torn from the pages of a spy thriller. Meetings are arranged in dark alleyways and shopping malls or under the cover of a hunting excursion or a birthday party. Informants lurk at the Baghdad airport, snapping pictures of American soldiers and keeping tabs on coalition military flights. Agents drive meandering routes to meetings to evade surveillance. Sources are plied with gifts of pistachios, cologne, and saffron. Iraqi officials, if necessa
I’m reading this trove now and will have more to say soon.