Apparently, the ports deal was just one facet of a complex strategic relationship with the UAE in the run up to war with Iran:
The U.S. State Department is preparing for a "long struggle" against Iran and has opened a special Office of Iranian Affairs inside the department in Washington and a miniature embassy-in-exile in Dubai to help "defeat" the Iranian regime. . .A sharp departure from past policy:
The new post in the United Arab Emirates -- home to 560,000 Iranians -- will help funnel funds and support to dissidents and antigovernment activists both inside and outside Iran, according to a leaked March 6 State Department cable.
Since the U.S. cut off diplomatic relations with Iran in the wake of the 1979 Iranian revolution . . . the State Department has devoted few funds toward Iran, Burns told the House International Relations committee in a hearing yesterday.
The State Department trained few Persian language specialists and stationed almost no diplomats in the region to handle Iranian affairs. In Washington, the State Department's three Iran desk officers shared an office with countries of the Arabian Peninsula.
But, a few weeks ago, they moved into their own office, with a new, Iran-specific office director.
In the coming months, the State Department intends to increase the number of diplomats in Dubai that monitor Iran from one to at least four, creating a diplomatic presence that Burns said would be similar to the U.S. listening post in Riga, Latvia, that monitored the emerging Soviet Union in the 1920s.
The State Department will also open Iran-specific posts in the Azerbaijan capital, Baku, and in Istanbul, Frankfurt, and London -- all cities that have sizable Iranian expatriate populations, according to a State Department cable advertising the posts . . .
"This initiative will enhance our capacity to respond to the full spectrum of threats that Iran poses," the cable reads, adding that the new diplomats will help find ways to fund "Iranian political and civic organizations" and "locate pro-democracy groups inside and outside Iran."
"We must defeat Iran in its pursuit of nuclear weapons and its sponsorship of terrorism and its subjugation of the people of Iran," Burns told the hearing.
Charles A. Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, said the new moves by Washington suggest "a clear effort to make regime change a more central part of U.S. policy."
But he warned that working with Iranian exiles to undermine the Iranian regime also has risks.
"We learned some tough lessons from Iraq in relying too heavily on the advice and the activities of ex-pats because they are often out of touch with the realities on the ground, and they are often resented as people who parachute back in and are tainted by close association with the United States," he said.
There are other lessons that some would have us learn from Iraq and Vietnam before it.
Former Nixon adviser Alexander Haig said Saturday military leaders in Iraq are repeating a mistake made in Vietnam by not applying the full force of the military to win the war.Presumably, he would apply the same all-out-war strategy to Iran. Indeed, it seems that he and his partner in crime made their statements about Iraq with Iran in mind.
"Every asset of the nation must be applied to the conflict to bring about a quick and successful outcome, or don't do it," Haig said. "We're in the midst of another struggle where it appears to me we haven't learned very much."
Kissinger also spoke about the war in Iraq, saying he supported the invasion.It's not clear whether that last remark by Valenti was made in condemnation of war or in resignation to its consequences.
"We have a jihadist radical situation," he said. "If the U.S. fails in Iraq, then the consequences will be that it motivates more to move toward the radical side. This is the challenge."
Former Johnson adviser Jack Valenti said that the lessons of Vietnam have been "forgotten or ignored" in Iraq.
"No president can win a war when public support for that war begins to decline and evaporate," he said.
Valenti, former head of the Motion Picture Association of America, added there was no such thing as a good war, saying "all wars are inhumane, brutal, callous and full of depravity."
It's clear, however, that the lessons you learn from war depend on who you are and who you serve.
President Ford and Secretary of State Kissinger gave the go ahead to Suharto's invasion of East Timor and subsequent massive war crimes there, and the same Kissinger, who helped President Nixon engineer and then protect the Pinochet coup and regime of torture and murder, and directed the first phase of the holocaust in Cambodia (1969-75) . . .These are the people behind the scenes.
He serves his consulting firm, Kissinger Associates, [and] serves as a sort of private National Security Adviser and Secretary of State to about 30 major corporations around the world, such as American Express, Freeport-McMoRan Minerals, Chase Manhattan Bank, Volvo ...