TEHRAN (FNA)- War enthusiast and staunch McCain supporter Senator Joe Lieberman said that the prospect of US military actions against Iran is distinct.
During a Monday appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Senator Lieberman claimed Iran’s Quds force is responsible for killing of hundreds of American soldiers in Iraq.
“I hope we don’t have to get to the point of moving in any way into Iran to strike at the base of the people who are responsible for killing Americans,” the Democrat-turned-Independent continued.
The White House has ratcheted up the pressure on Tehran over allegations that the Islamic Republic supports the insurgency in Iraq by aiding and training the militias. Washington has never presented any corroborative evidence to prove its allegations.
Tehran rejects the accusations, citing US occupation as the main factor behind insecurity in the oil-rich war-ravaged country.
“But I hope that the Quds force and the Iranian government has in mind that that is a distinct possibilityâ€¦” continued Senator Lieberman.
The remarks by Senator Lieberman echo Washington’s efforts in demonizing Iran for the alleged ‘killing of US soldiers’.
The Iraqi government, however, has disputed the US allegations against Iran, saying there is no evidence that suggest Tehran is stoking the sectarian violence there with money, weapons and paramilitary training.
“There is no conclusive evidence,” said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh on May 4 in response to reports that some rockets seized in raids against Iraqi fighters were supplied by Iran.
Al-Dabbagh also said that Iraq needed “hard evidence” and “real proof,” instead of relying on US “speculation.”
But following Washington’s pressures, Baghdad announced it would set up a committee to collect and examine evidence to independently assess the United States’ so-called evidence against Iran.
That angered US embassy and military officials so much that one American official said, “It was like a slap in the face.”
Iraqi officials have repeatedly told American officials that they do not want Iraq to become the battlefield in which Washington fights Iran.
Dabbagh said Iraq wants to maintain good relations with Iran. “Iraq has got the full right to choose its friends,” he said.
Pundits consider Washington’s recent stream of allegations regarding Tehran’s ‘influence in Iraq’ as a fresh initiative by the Bush administration for grooming the public for a new war in the Middle East.
Analysts believe US allegations against Iran contradict the ongoing realities in Iraq. Clashes between Muqtada al Sadr’s supporters and the Iraqi government came to a halt this weekend after Sadr agreed to a truce brokered by Iran, a sign of Tehran’s positive role and influence in Iraq.