"We did not take the view that it is in the interest of Iran to destroy Afghanistan and to have massive turmoil and an ungoverned space of the Somalia variety," said Elliot Abrams, who held various senior National Security Council positions during the George W. Bush administration.
"We thought Iran had mixed interests in Afghanistan. And looking back, that seems to be right. It hasn't acted to create a Somalia there, but it has acted at the very least to undermine American influence and make our presence there, as in Iraq, as difficult and as costly as possible," Mr. Abrams said.
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