Lt. Col (Ret) Sargis Sangari | October 1, 2018

Regardless of the reasons and concerns that prompted Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to order the closing of the U.S. consulate in Basra, Iraq, the message this move send to Iraq – and to our allies – is that Iran remains a power to be reckoned with in the region. The closing will certainly have a negative effect on Iraq’s already troubled relations with the United States given the people who are hurt from the closing are Iraqi’s and the fragile Iraqi government, even as it sends a message to Iran that we will not allow that country to try to meddle in our internal politics by attacking our facilities in the region before the midterm elections.

LTC (R) Sargis Sangari