A Broken Engagement

Hell hath no fury like a Tehran scorned.

Issue: Nov-Dec 2007

IT MAY seem counterintuitive, but September 11 produced an opening for improved U.S.-Iran relations that could have enhanced the U.S. ability to marginalize the number one threat to U.S. and Western interests: fundamentalist, suicidal Sunni terrorism. However, continued U.S. antipathy pushed Iran to become more of a strategic competitor, leading it to retain tactical links to Al-Qaeda as well as to bolster radical Shi‘a Muslim groups and other proxies. Instead of dividing our enemies, the Bush Administration united them against us.

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