Iran – Sometimes I Don’t Understand How Our Politicians Make Decisions

It’s no secret that my four years spent in the US Air Force made me a very proud American and a staunch supporter of our men and women in the armed services that do their jobs unselfishly and without question. When I write on this website, I try to give a good and impartial overview to our readers on the topics that I choose to write about. Although I do offer my own opinions, I try to keep those to a minimum and mostly write about what other people think and say. With that being said, there are times when I feel that a breach of protocol is deemed necessary to bring up a point that must be troubling and worrisome to some members of our armed forces. Such is the case with our recent thawing of relations in regards to Iran, and I am sure I will be one of many that will question why this is happening.

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Houthi rebels in Yemen. Credit: Reuters

First of all, let’s take a look at the past. I won’t even bring up the Iran hostage crisis because many consider that to be old news and in order to have peace in the world sometimes we as a nation are asked to overlook something that took place over 30 years ago; OK I get it. What I can’t look past is Iran’s involvement in Iraq during the recent Gulf Wars. The way they supplied and trained some of the Iraqi insurgent groups to make and plant the IED’s that killed hundreds of our soldiers; without their help, these insurgent groups would not have had as many of the armor piercing type IED’s that were so powerful they could rip apart an armored Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Our politicians then say that they are trying to make amends and be more a part of the solution than the problem. I for one don’t see this as being the case. Take the recent events in Yemen as an example. Once again, our Allies and some of our armed forces are involved in a fight against a militant group that is backed by Iran and further destabilizing the Middle East. It is a well-publicized fact that the Houthi rebels that are fighting against the Yemeni government are trained and supported by Iran. This does not sound like a country that is trying to be a team player in the region and the world to me; it sounds more like a country that is 100% looking out for its own political and religious interests in the region.

Perhaps even more alarming is their new powerful influence in Iraq, a country where over 4000 American soldiers gave their lives to what they believed would be a stable and free Iraq (sadly that has not proven to be the case). The Iraqi government has been so emboldened by their improved relations with Iran that they recently tried to take back the city of Tikrit from ISIS with the help of Iranian military advisors and support and without consulting with the US for help. Although the attack was turned back by ISIS until the Iraqi’s finally asked for US air support, it still was a huge sign of the way Iran is spreading its influence throughout the region.

Despite the fact I welcome anything that keeps our armed forces out of harm’s way, I find our new policy towards Iran both puzzling and troubling. I can only hope and pray that our politicians know more than me and there is a silver lining here that leads to peace and stability in the region that I don’t see.

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Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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1 thought on “Iran – Sometimes I Don’t Understand How Our Politicians Make Decisions

  1. “it sounds more like a country that is 100% looking out for its own political and religious interests in the region.”

    Yes. That applies to EVERY country in the region. It’s that sort of region – a cesspit of religious nutjobs. Iran is no worse than any of the rest, and better than quite a few.

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