What do you think about Trump wanting to keep troops in Iraq to 'watch' Iran? Do you support this? Why or why not?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Answered 13m ago
Iran is hated by the US because it does not recognize Israel and has made threats against Israel in the event they should be attacked by that country. In traditional international relations, it is perfectly acceptable for a state to retaliate against an unprovoked attack by another state. However, the US treats Israel with a special set of standards that apply ONLY to Israel. It is a classic case of a double standard. Israel has admitted to attacking Iranian assets and people in Syria at least 200 times since the start of the Syrian war. These assets and troops are there legally at the invitation of the Syrians and have every right to remain unmolested. Further, they have never attacked Israel proper (thought they have fired a missile into the Golan Heights, which is illegally occupied by Israel. The US is there illegally. The US has not raised a finger or an eyelash to reprimand or stop Israel from making these unprovoked attacks. Thus, they tacitly condone what clearly amounts to a crime. It is a matter of might makes right, a policy that is failing and causing the US to lose the trust of the world. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia, which exercise major control over US foreign and military policy, are enemies of Iran. This article at Quora helps explain how Israel and SA influence US policy:
Trump is acting as a puppet of Israel and SA by opposing Iran. The US people are in no way threatened by Iran, but US media and politicians keep up a steady chorus of anti-Iran propaganda, confusing and convincing the people that Iran is an enemy. For many Evangelical Americans, Trump is a god-appointed figure similar to Old Testament heroes. He is frequently compared to Cyrus the Great.
Trump either does not know or does not care that the majority of Iraqis are Shiites and therefore are natural allies of Iran. Therefore his idea of watching Iran from Iraq is fraught with risks and prone to fail. If the Iraqi people are able to organize, they may eventually throw out the Americans. This would be to the benefit of the Amerian people, Iraq and the entire Middle East.
Unfortunately, it does not matter whether the US people agree or disagree on foreign policy issues. These are decided not by the people but by a shadow government consisting of several groups as explained here on Quora: