Friday :: Oct 27, 2006

Al-Maliki Separates Himself From Bush

by Steve

No matter what spin we hear from the administration about how close we are to the Iraqis, or what drivel we hear from Rummy about backing off from criticizing him and the rest of the administration’s actions on the failed occupation, it is clear that a gap is growing between the Iraqi government and the Bush administration. After contradicting administration claims earlier in the week that his government had agreed to performance timelines, and after asserting that he authorized no strikes against Muqtada al-Sadr’s forces, Prime Minister al-Maliki has clearly chosen sides against the United States. He has now told Reuters that the worsening security situation in his country is our fault, and that he thinks his forces can take over in six months, and not the 12-18 months that General Casey thinks is a minimum. Moreover, reflecting how much he is beholden to al-Sadr for political and military support, al-Maliki disagrees with the Americans now by saying that the biggest threat inside Iraq isn’t the Shiite militias, but rather Al Qaeda and the Sunni insurgents. He's partially correct, if one wants to ignore the civil war right under his nose.

Al-Maliki is now a wholly-owned captive of al-Sadr and the Shiite militias, and calls by the Bush administration for him to disarm the Shiite militias are meaningless. Our “host” is now formally aligned with those who destabilize the country while we try and maintain order. This host wants to take over and kick us out within six months. The Sunnis have much to fear from this, but all of this was baked in the cake when Paul Bremer deactivated the Iraqi Army and the Baath civil service. Democrats should no longer think that we are on the same page with our Iraqi hosts anymore because we aren’t. If the leader of the Iraqi government thinks we are the problem and not the Shiite militias, then why the hell are we there anymore?

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