In 1996 President Bill Clinton defined terrorism as “the enemy of our generation.” He stated that “America must act and lead against terrorism.” He also stated that “This will be a long, hard struggle.”
In 1999, before he became President, George W. Bush spoke about foreign policy and national security. His message basically had four points:
1. Freedom is the precondition of peace
2. Peace is democratic
3. Make the military more effective and efficient
4. Fight the war on terrorism at home and abroad
Mr. Bush held fast to this plan, both before and after the attacks on the U.S. by terrorists on September 11. In his first term, President Bush actively and successfully prevented terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq from creating or maintaining bases of operation. He effectively destroyed the Taliban movement and removed the ruthless dictator in Iraq, Saddam Hussein.
Afterwards, in each country, free elections were held successfully, which proved that democracy and freedom could be reasonable policies against terrorism.
Many people question the role of the U.S. in Iraq, but it is very clear to me: To spread democracy and freedom.
Terrorists in Iraq are trying to stop democracy from taking hold. Iran in particular is seemingly in Iraq to prolong the U.S. military presence. Iranian leadership rejects a secular and democratic Iraq, but from their perspective it serves their best interest to promote terrorism there, which is why Iran is supporting terrorism inside Iraq, attempting to control the Iraqi Shi'its both politically and financially, and also maintaining pressure on Iraq's neighbors by using other terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hesbolla outside Iraq.
I am certain most Arab countries in that region want stability, but Iran's actions are clear indications that its policy of promoting terrorism in and around Iraq are detrimental to stability. What's more, Iran's constant military buildup and pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens any hope for peace or stability there and elsewhere in the world.