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Gen. Petraeus on the ‘conflicted’ Iranians

Here’s an interesting comment made in yesterday’s Senate Armed Services Hearing by one Gen. David Petraeus: …the Iranians seem almost conflicted, frankly. On the one hand, they don’t want the Taliban to come back. This is obviously an ultra, ultra conservative, some elements extreme — extremist Sunni movement. They are, of course, a Shia state ...

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Here's an interesting comment made in yesterday's Senate Armed Services Hearing by one Gen. David Petraeus:

…the Iranians seem almost conflicted, frankly. On the one hand, they don't want the Taliban to come back. This is obviously an ultra, ultra conservative, some elements extreme -- extremist Sunni movement. They are, of course, a Shia state with a Sunni minority. So they're really not happy to see that happen.

Beyond that, though, they also don't want us to succeed too easily. And they certainly want to have influence in whatever state does evolve in their neighbor to the east.

Here’s an interesting comment made in yesterday’s Senate Armed Services Hearing by one Gen. David Petraeus:

…the Iranians seem almost conflicted, frankly. On the one hand, they don’t want the Taliban to come back. This is obviously an ultra, ultra conservative, some elements extreme — extremist Sunni movement. They are, of course, a Shia state with a Sunni minority. So they’re really not happy to see that happen.

Beyond that, though, they also don’t want us to succeed too easily. And they certainly want to have influence in whatever state does evolve in their neighbor to the east.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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