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White House Memo Critiques Iraqi PM

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Posted on Nov 29, 2006
Hadley and Maliki
Left: mosnews.com / Right: turkishpress.com

National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley (left) and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The New York Times has obtained a secret memo by National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley that offers a frank assessment of the Iraqi prime minister: “... The reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests [Nouri al-Maliki] is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action.”


New York Times:

The Nov. 8 memo was prepared for Mr. Bush and his top deputies by Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, and senior aides on the staff of the National Security Council after a trip by Mr. Hadley to Baghdad.

The memo suggests that if Mr. Maliki fails to carry out a series of specified steps, it may ultimately be necessary to press him to reconfigure his parliamentary bloc, a step the United States could support by providing “monetary support to moderate groups,” and by sending thousands of additional American troops to Baghdad to make up for what the document suggests is a current shortage of Iraqi forces.

The memo presents an unvarnished portrait of Mr. Maliki and notes that he relies for some of his political support on leaders of more extreme Shiite groups. The five-page document, classified secret, is based in part on a one-on-one meeting between Mr. Hadley and Mr. Maliki on Oct. 30.

“His intentions seem good when he talks with Americans, and sensitive reporting suggests he is trying to stand up to the Shia hierarchy and force positive change,” the memo said of the Iraqi leader. “But the reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests Maliki is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action.”

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    By Quy Tran, November 29, 2006 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment
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    PM Maliki’s destiny will count by days. The
    “coup” could happen soon or later. And this is the way of US foreign policy towards those who do not know how to bow and knee down.

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    By Quy Tran, November 29, 2006 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment
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    If King George went to meet with the man who has been severely criticized by one of his subordinates so the quality between King George and that man is equal.

    Chimpanzee plays only with chimpanzee.

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    By Michael Murry, November 29, 2006 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment
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    My Memo to America’s Memo-Leaking foreign policy “elites.”

    Again: You continue to unconsciously project America’s domesitc politicla dilemma (what H. L. Menken called “the strife of the parties at Washington”) onto foreign disptutions having their own particular (and opague to Americans) dynamics. In so doing, you overlook the central, gargantuan similarities between “The Best and the Brightest” (who brought America self-defeating quagmire in Southeast Asia) and “The Worst and the Dullest” who have brought America even worse at greater fiscal cost in even less time in Iraq and Afghanistan. The American military-industrial bureaucracy could intervene in the internal affairs of Martians and it would make the same soup sandwich, i.e., FUBAR and SNAFU, out of whatever it touches. Naturally, self-interested defenders of this fuck-up-and-move-up rampant military careerism and domestic political fascism protest the comparison, noting correctly that Martians breathe Carbon Dioxide while the earthly Chinese, Vietnamese, and Iraqis breathe oxygen. Or, as my fellow Vietnam Veteran Daniel Ellsberg says about those distinctions without a difference between Vietnam and Iraq: “Yeah. Like in Iraq its a dry heat, and the language our diplomatic and military personnel don’t speak is Arabic instead of Vietnamese.” See all those “differences”? See? See?

    Anyway, one of the biggest and most driving of all similarities among the various discredited American post-colonial misadventures has to do with the way American political-military bureaucrats substitute Orwellian mixed metaphors and flawed figures of speech for the rational thinking and clear, expository writing that would lead intelligent people not to ever do in the first place what they so manifestly cannot do—and never have done—successfully. Yet still we hear of the Pentagram planning to offer Americans yet another Hobson’s “choice” of dead horses to beat in Iraq, just as long as we “choose” the only unmoving horse lying dead just inside the stable doorway. So look for Deputy Dubya Bush to “go big” and/or “go long” staying the curse for the next six critical months with the tipping point turning the corner connecting dots with the ink stains on the flypaper dominoes in the tunnel at the end of the light. In Vietnam, we used to call this Pentagram briefing: The Five O’Clock Follies. See all the differences between then and now? See? See?

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    By harald hardrada, November 29, 2006 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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    it was maliki who told bush to send our troops into iraq

    it was maliki who said it would be a cakewalk

    nearly 90% of americans believed maliki & backed bush

    now those same americans can see that maliki misled them

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    By mrJJ, November 29, 2006 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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    Cheney really needs to leak some better stuff

    Colin Powell Says Bush Needs To Face Reality Of Civil War In Iraq

    Speaking with CNN reporter Hala Gorani in Dubai today, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Iraq’s violence meets the standard of a civil war and thinks President Bush needs to acknowledge that. According to Gorani’s report, Powell said if he were heading the State Department right now, he would recommend that the Bush administration adopt that language “in order to come to terms with the reality on the ground.

    http://thinkprogress.org/2006/11/29/powell-civil-war/

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