At about 3 minutes into the TeeVee show tape linked below. the news host lets Hannah begin to talk about Iraq and then Iran. Hannah was Cheney's foreign policy staffer during the run up to Desert Storm. He worked for Libby who worked for Cheney. He was one of the architects of the war hungry strategy that led to that endless war, a war that has never really ended. Someone urged me to go talk to Hannah before Desert Storm. I went. We met in his closet sized office in the OEB. I am usually annoyed by people who talk to you from behind their desks but this space was tiny. He clearly had his mind made up about the wonderfulness of an invasion and wanted to talk about the size force to be used.
Our deliberate destruction of the existing social order in Iraq unleashed the forces of Sunni rebellion against the occupation and the Shia government that we created through our farcical purple thumb elections. These were held in the aftermath of the occupation government having openly stated to Sunni leaders that their time had ended. Now we have the Shia fighting each other over the division of power in Iraq. John Hannah said on this program that this is because some Shia (the "good" Shia?) are resisting the "control" of Iraq by the government of Iran.
Iran is the major theme of the rest of Hannah's statements to the interviewer. Hannah is upset at the prospect of "a land bridge" (road connection) from Iran to a Syrian port. To prevent such a connection the US keeps troops in Syria at al-Tanf just where Israel wants them. Hannah is upset because Iran "seeks regional hegemony" (to frustrate Israeli ambitions for the same thing?), etc., etc, ad nauseam. IMO this is tribalism at its worst.
IMO Hannah is merely a mouthpiece for Israeli policy. He is taken seriously as an AMERICAN policy talking head? He was one of the leading architects of the disastrous Iraq policy and war. This interview should call into question the basis for his advocacy of that war, a war which the Israelis urged the US to fight. pl