Should the U.S. Look to Iran for Help with Iraq?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on June 14, 2014. Iran may consider cooperating with the United States in fighting Sunni extremist fighters in Iraq. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty)

My enemy's enemy is my friend? It's a line that's pervaded discussions this week about the possibility that the United States and Iran teaming up to address a rapidly destabilizing Iraq.

In an interview with Yahoo! News on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said simply that the U.S. would be "open to discussions" if it seemed "something constructive" could come from a collaboration with Iran.

But on CBS, news form U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker suggested caution.

“This is a sectarian struggle and if we are seen as cooperating too closely with Iran it is going to further alienate the Sunni element of the Iraqi population," said Crocker.

Hillary Mann Leverett, co-author of "Going To Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran" and a senior lecturer at American University's School of International Service, joins The Takeaway to weigh in.

 

Guests:

Hillary Mann Leverett

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Michelangelo from Miami FL

Is Iran our enemy? Is this because of the whole hostage thing? As I recall we got rid of their elected head and replaced him with their old dictator which caused them to look towards a fundamentalist as their savior. I know Iran is Israel's enemy but I don't see why that should involve us, the USA. Would we go to war if Iran attacked Israel directly? I know that's a rhetorical question since we seem willing to go after most Islamic countries. But I thought it be good for folks to just ask that question anyways.

Iran should just introduce a lobby in Washington DC to represent them in American politics. It seems to be working marvelously for Israel.

Jun. 19 2014 08:29 AM

Maybe we could apologize for removing Mosaddegh. And not one of those "if that caused you any trouble" apologies, but a real one. At least we didn't kill him; he lived, under house arrest, 14 more years. Rekindling his memory may cause a realistic revival of interest in a secular democratic institution - one that they successfully HAD. The Iranians are still suffering with the same conditions, petroleum-wise; oil-rich, they have negligible refinery capacity, exacerbated by sanctions, only isolating, bolstering the regime (as in Cuba). That ISIS is repudiated by Al-Qaida should give us pause - to think outside the box. Iranians are ready to throw off their shrouds; they wear Prada as they chant anti-American cant & relish bootleg US culture, our real "soft" power. We've been cozy with their equally retro Saudi foes, the perps who did 9-11, whose oil we're told we are less dependent on. Iran could be a hedge vs. Russian pressure on Ukraine, currently threatening European gas supplies. Righting the wrong of good old Anglo-Iranian...the precursor to BP.

Jun. 18 2014 03:37 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

If the U.S. asks Iran for something, what is Iran going to want?

Personally, I never ask my enemies for anything,

Jun. 18 2014 02:11 PM

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