Bush Made Pact With This Man: Arab Sources
Iranian collusion may be behind the success of the surge in Iraq
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2008 2:31 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech in a public gathering at the city of Shahr-E- Kord, some 330 miles (550 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/ISNA, Saman Aghvami)
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(Newser) – Secret cooperation between Iran and the Bush administration may be behind the success of the Iraq surge, which has played heavily in "John McCain’s rise from the ashes," writes Salameh Nematt in the Daily Beast. Arab intelligence sources say such a “Grand Bargain” has been reached and is the reason for the Iranian restraint in Iraq that, along with the Anbar Awakening and Gen. Petraeus’ counterinsurgency tactics, has helped stabilize Iraq.

Nematt's sources point to these factors:

  • The December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate unexpectedly downplayed the threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb, paving the way for extended meetings between US and Iranian ambassadors.
  • Iran’s Al-Quds force stopped attacks on US troops shortly before the surge.
  • Moqtada Al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia—backed by Tehran—declared a truce with US forces last fall.
  • Outgoing Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has accused the Bush administration of “violating its understandings with Israel on Iran.”