I've been saying for years that the dishonest war Bush launched on Iraq only accomplished one thing: Took out Iran's biggest enemy, allowing Iran to build up its own military force and consolidate its political power. Now that we're leaving Iraq, which is the only sane choice, the evidence of Iran's growing influence is increasing. Iran's ascendency is a direct result of Republican policy. Sure, the Dems could have stood up to the Republicans, but the fact is the Republicans structured the game so that opposing military interventionism was opposing the troops, a piece of nonsense only the liberals dared to challenge. ... at least the Iranian government is socially conservative (anti-abortion and anti-gay)--that should cheer some people up. Iraq Troop Withdrawal: Immunity Issue Scuttled Deal, Says Iraq PM Washington has long worried that Iranian meddling in Iraq could inflame Sunni tensions with Iraq's Shiite-led government and set off a chain reaction of violence and disputes across the Mideast. In an interview released Saturday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Tehran has "a very good relationship" with Iraq's government, and that this relationship will continue to grow. "We have deepened our ties day by day," Ahmadinejad said in an interview broadcast Saturday with CNN's Fareed Zakaria. Turkey Looks to Iran for Support in Crackdown on Kurdish Rebels | Europe | English Iran's foreign minister visited Turkey Friday as Turkish armed forces continue their military incursion against the Kurdish rebel group, the PKK, in northern Iraq, after the rebels killed 24 Turkish soldiers Wednesday. Ankara is looking for support from its neighbors, but regional tensions are complicating Turkey's battle against the Kurdish militants. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi‚Äôs visit to Ankara comes as Turkish armed forces continue their offensive against the PKK in neighboring northern Iraq. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in a press conference with his Iranian counterpart, said the two countries have agreed to collaborate in fighting the PKK and its Iranian wing, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK.