I agree, this will only put Iraq a Shiite country into Iran's Shiite arms. Sanctioning Iraq over gas imports from Iran is a mistake Sanctioning Iraq over gas imports from Iran is a mistake by Michael Rubin | October 09, 2018 08:16 AM 00:00 Sign up for In Our Opinion commentary BAGHDAD— The Trump administration is waging economic warfare against the Islamic Republic of Iran, and rightly so. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps dominates the Iranian economy, diverting contracts and cash away from ordinary Iranians and government services and utilizing it for projects which fuel terrorism and destabilize the region. But rather than attack the financial basis of terror with a scalpel, President Trump’s national security team is wielding an axe. When it comes to Iraq, that axe promises to benefit Iran at the expense of Iraqi nationalists and liberals who would like nothing more than to push back Iranian influence.