LONDON (Reuters) -
Iran's standing in the Middle East has been bolstered by President George W Bush's "war on terror" and its power will continue to grow unless stability is restored to its neighbors, a top think tank said on Tuesday.
London's Royal Institute for International Affairs said wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel's conflict with the Palestinians and with Lebanon's Hizbollah had put Iran "in a position of considerable strength."
"There is little doubt that Iran has been the chief beneficiary of the war on terror in the Middle East," the RIIA said in a report on the region.
I don't want to hear anymore nonsense about what a bad job Bush is doing. I mean, heck, he strengthened Iran, he strengthened Al Qaeda, he strengthened North Korea, and he strengthened world-wide anti-Americanism. And he did it all at the small sacrifice of only 3000 American lives, about 30000 Iraqi civilians, the entire contents of the public treasury, AND our international reputation.
Heckuva job, Bushie. I do believe you hit the trifecta.