Do the Americans really think this kind of simplictic deceptive rhetoric is going to fool anyone anymore?
U.S. forces no threat to Iran
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The United States Thursday urged Iran not to be worried about the presence of U.S. troops in neighboring Iraq.
Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said Wednesday Iran was concerned about the presence of these troops and if Tehran felt that its interests were threatened, it might take pre-emptive military action.
"The U.S. forces are there as part of a multinational force at the invitation of ... the Interim Iraqi government ... to help support the stability and security of Iraq," U.S. State Department's deputy spokesman Adam Ereli told a briefing in Washington.
The deployment, he said, was authorized by U.N. Security Council resolutions.
"So there is no cause for seeing them as threatening; rather, our view is ... that far from seeing them as threatening, they should be seen as stabilizing," Ereli said.