All of this today is standard leftist trope material. The idea is that before the invasion in 2003, Iran and Iraq held each other in something akin to suspended animation, frozen in a historic standoff, is silly. For Iran's purposes, Iraq had been neutered by the Gulf War in 1991 and the imposition of no-fly zones and embargoes. Far more beneficial to Iran's ability to project power against Israel have been 1) the dramatic increase in Iran's oil revenues, and 2) Israel's withdrawals from southern Lebanon and Gaza -- which, Levin surely knows, are exactly the two places where Israel faces Iranian-sponsored terrorism today.
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