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Iraqi PM’s Silence Speaks Volumes

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Posted on Jan 12, 2007
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President Bush may have assurances that Nouri al-Maliki will not tolerate sectarian violence in Iraq, but the prime minister’s refusal to publicly confront his militant backers suggests he may be more interested in consolidating Shiite power than fostering stability.


AP:

Announcing his vision of the new security plan last Saturday, al-Maliki said he would fight against “safe haven for any outlaws, regardless of (their) sectarian or political affiliation.”

He said the same in October, but then he ordered U.S. forces to pull back from attacks on Sadr City, headquarters of the Mahdi Army. The violent Shiite militia is headed by his key political backer, radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Al-Maliki instead has encouraged the Americans to go after rival Sunni insurgents, especially in the territory west of Baghdad where few Shiites live.

Experts say that even if al-Maliki assures Bush of support, his behavior illustrates that he’s not as Bush described, a man whose primary concern is bringing peace and prosperity to his country.

“The Bush administration has one view of Iraqi reality in which Maliki is ... an honest broker,” said W. Patrick Lang, a former head of Middle East intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency. “In my view, Maliki is one of any number of Shiite Arab activists who are seeking to consolidate Shiite control.”

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By Chaseme, January 14, 2007 at 2:18 am Link to this comment
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This guy knows that in about 10-12 years, he will have a noose around his neck, or a bullet in his head, maybe a sudden stroke, like Sharon.

He also knows that dealing with the Americans, who is under the control of Israeli lobbyist, is a very risky game. But, greed and power drives him, just as it does the rest of them.

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By Tony Wicher, January 13, 2007 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment
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After looking at Saddam’s hanging, the next ruler of Iraq looks like Moqtada Sadr to me. The son of the grand Ayatollah after whom Sadr City (population 2 million) is named, whom Saddam assasinated, put that noose around Saddam’s neck personally, for all practical purposes. So, the king is dead, long live the king. This so-called “Iraqi government” is a complete sham, as is “the Iraqi army”. Let’s just go home and let these folks work out their differences, all right? Please?

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By Charles H Holston, January 13, 2007 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t fault Putin at all, although it took him much too long, for his slow, but sure move away from this administrations feigned friendship. The neo-cons are nazis, Putin, at most, is just an old-fashioned communist. I don’t know why the pentagon doesn’t stop Bush, maybe they will soon. Can you imagine that, the U.S. administration overthrown by a military junta. Bravo, what a marvelous country we live in…

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By David, January 13, 2007 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment
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George simply no longer has any credit on predictions regarding the situation in Iraq. He has consistently demonstrated his total lack of understanding of even the most basic issues in the region. He is blinded by his belief that another country, totally different from his own, will willingly adapt a new belief and governmental system when they are presented to them at the end of a gun barrel. He should have re-negotiated a short-term contract with Saddam Hussein to re-establish stability in the area, and then he could do a re-think on his plan to take him out again. Hopefully, he would get some better advisors and make some better decisions the second time around.

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By cathy, January 13, 2007 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment
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Lies got us into this mess, why should we have any confidence in this new plan of the liears.
Why not listen to the Iraq Study Group - maybe not perfect but they don’t favor picking more fights to cover up prior lies.

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By DennisD, January 13, 2007 at 8:28 am Link to this comment
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But Dubbya looked into his eyes and said that Maliki is as competent as he is. Condi trusts him. How can there be any doubts about him after getting two ringing endorsements like that. Why is it always easiest for one fraud to convince other frauds of his intentions.

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By Quy Tran, January 12, 2007 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment
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Because of King George’s invasion there’re a lot of Iraq’s top politicians flee their country and live in luxurious exile in foreign coutries with huge stolen capitals. They are former prime ministers, cabinet members and even an heir to the throne. They left Iraq for the comfort of Britain and forget their natives are in blood bath. The beautiful gift from the U.S. and its the so-called allies. An estimate of over 2.3 billions was stolen by stolen individuals who used to be the U.S. servants during the war and it’s still going on with aggressive velocity.

“They were in interim government used their 10 months in office to massively enrich themselves”, Laurie Mylroie, an Iraq expert at the American Enterprise Institute, said.

From the above picture we have to ask that when do prime minister Maliki and his members flee from Iraq to live in lavish mansions abroad ?

The dollar “virus” is so contagious and dangerous
and nobody can refuse.

Those who wanted to be the U.S. ally should open their eyes widely.

Never welcome or invite the devils to come and when they got in your home you’ll not be able to kick them out. The guillotine is ready for you since then.

History always repeats with its degrading picture
so we can call this as bloody experience !

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By John Hanks, January 12, 2007 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment
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The Iraqis are such ungrateful victims.  We give them Saddam Hussein to rule over them and start a war against Iran.  Then we lure him into attacking Kuwait so he won’t have to pay his war debts.  Finally, out of the sour milk of our human kindness, we invade their country and let religious fanatics hang Saddam.

The North Vietnamese were ungrateful.  The East Timoreans were ungrateful.  Even the South Koreans have forgotten all that we still do for them.  Maybe even the whole world will be fed up with our lying, cheating, and stealing.  (Except for the Moonies and the Zionists in Israel)

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