Iran owes us a big thank you for not only taking out their arch enemy Saddam, but installing a government that is religiously aligned with Iran. Maybe we will see a greater Iran someday, a powerful anti-American theocracy that owes its strength to the Republican Party. If so, Ahmadinejad should build a monument honoring Bush and the Republican Party. http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-fg-iraq8-2008jun08,0,3973742.story BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki traveled Saturday to Iran on a mission to improve relations between the countries at a time when U.S. officials have accused Tehran of arming Shiite Muslim militia groups fighting the Americans and Iraqi security forces. Maliki, who was expected to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today, is on his third visit to Iran since taking office in May 2006. His trip comes after fighting this spring in Baghdad and the southern city of Basra pitted Iraqi security forces against the Mahdi Army militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr. U.S. officials have accused Iran of training and arming splinter factions of Sadr's movement, pointing to large caches of Iranian-made weapons found since March as proof of Tehran's interference. A Mahdi Army commander told The Times this spring that militia factions were getting weapons from Tehran. In Iraq, most Shiite political figures have strong ties to Iran dating to their time in exile after they fled Saddam Hussein's rule during the late 1970s and early 1980s.