It was requested by the Pentagon to be screened after 9/11 and the Vice President thought waterboarding was a no brainer. Madness.
@Khan Real politik is based on pragmatism, like with China, what we do in the middle east is borderline moronic. The invasion of Iraq will have unintended consequences, such as redressing the balance between Shia and Sunni and establishing Iran as a counter weight and power broker in the region.
Iran should actually be an ally of the West, pushing it to extremists rather than working with moderates and trying to slowly mend relations post 9/11 was a terrible turn of events. Taliban and Al Qaeda attack Iranians, drug trafficking is now a huge problem, there was ample opportunity to slowly mend relations.
For me the whole pattern or foreign policy is that we are creating our own enemies.