Thursday :: Mar 22, 2007

Bush Enables Al Qaeda In Iraq

by Steve

Reuters photo of the UN Secretary General diving behind the podium today

So much for those photo op moments.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was unharmed but ducked behind the podium after a rocket landed near Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office Thursday while the two men were speaking to reporters at a news conference.

Keep in mind that this was inside the Green Zone, after we’ve been told that the surge inside Baghdad is going well.

Al-Maliki security officials said it was a rocket attack.
An Associated Press reporter ran outside and saw a crater one-yard in diameter about 50 yards from the building where the news conference was in progress.

The attack was likely a message to both al-Maliki and Ki-moon, since it is being reported that al-Maliki’s government has wisely initiated talks with Sunni insurgents over the last three months about laying down their arms and coming aboard a reconciliation government. It has been a goal of our military to find a way to split the Sunni insurgency from Al Qaeda in Iraq so that a reconciled government could then focus on eliminating the outside terrorist threat first before turning inward to attempt the measures that are needed to pull the country together enough to stand on its own separate from the United States.

But the stumbling block to getting the Sunni insurgents to come aboard is the obvious one: the central point in Bush’s flawed policy:

Saad Yousif al-Muttalibi of the Ministry of National Dialogue and Reconciliation said talks with Sunni insurgent groups were initiated at the request of the insurgents and have been taking place inside and outside Iraq over the past three months.
He refused to identify the groups, but said they did not include al-Qaida in Iraq or Saddam Hussein loyalists. Members of the former president's outlawed Baath party took part, he added.
Speaking to The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday, al-Muttalibi said the negotiations were deadlocked over the insurgent groups' insistence that they would lay down their arms only when a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led coalition troops in Iraq is announced.
The government's response was that such a move could only be taken when security is restored.
Since Bush won’t commit to a timetable, the Sunnis won’t commit to reconciliation. And as long as the Sunnis won’t commit, Al Qaeda is a winner. Bush’s policy enables Al Qaeda to grow. And because Bush isn't pursuing a regional solution whereby Iran is pressuring the Shiites and the Saudis and Syrians aren't pressuring the Sunnis, the Iraqis have an uphil climb to do this on their own.
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