"FOR THE United States, the road out of Iraq runs through Tehran." http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/01/14/exiting_via_iran/ If democracy is so important for us, why can't we ally ourselves with the only democratic (however flawed) country in the entire Arab world? Edit: I take that last sentence back. Iran is Persian, not Arabian. But still, it's as close to democracy as one can get in this region.