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At a symposium at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel last week, General Shelton was joined by Linda Chavez, Rudi Giuliani and others to discuss ways to counter Islamic Fundamentalism and preventing the Iranian regime from obtaining nuclear power.
“The influence of Iran can be seen in conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and now in Egypt and Libya, because Iran’s aim is to be the most dominant force in the Middle East…” he stated.
General Shelton urged U.S. policymakers to apply as much pressure as possibly on the Iranian regime. “That means the sanctions are hitting them badly” Shelton explained.
Read the full story on NCR-iran.org: http://ncr-iran.org/en/news/terrorism-fundamentalism/17955-iran-wants-to-become-dominant-force-in-middle-east-by-feeding-isis-gen-shelton-warns
On September 11, 2014, former General Hugh Shelton, published a piece on the Boston Globe, discussing why the United States can’t trust Iran as partner in battling ISIS.
“So why then has Tehran offered its assistance to the United States in tackling the Islamic State? A change of heart is unlikely. Tehran is a rational player that acts out of self-interest. In my view, the Iranian regime is seeking to lure Washington into cooperation in Iraq, with the pretense of fighting terrorism, in order to win more concessions during nuclear negotiations. By doing so, it will recoup its recent losses in Iraq while preserving its nuclear program. Washington must not fall into that trap.Instead, the United States must deny further concessions (billions of dollars have already been ‘unfrozen’ by the West and poured into the regime’s coffers) and use the negotiations and all other leverage to keep Iran out of Iraq (and Syria’s) affairs, so that those countries can have a chance to stabilize and chart new national destinies.
The Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi was correct in saying, ‘While confronting [the Islamic State] is absolutely necessary, attempting to thwart it would ultimately prove fruitless unless it is accompanied by evicting the Iranian regime and its affiliated terrorist groupings from Iraq.’”
Read Hugh Shelton’s full article on BostonGlobe.com.