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Maliki Pick Angers Iraqis and Americans Alike

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Posted on Jan 14, 2007
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s choice of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar, a relatively unknown figure, to head the military in Baghdad has upset Iraqi military commanders and politicians. American commanders have also expressed dissatisfaction with Qanbar, due to the key role he will play in Bush’s planned escalation of the war and fears that his promotion might be motivated by a sectarian agenda.


Los Angeles Times:

BAGHDAD—Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has filled the top military job in Baghdad with a virtually unknown officer chosen over the objections of U.S. and Iraqi military commanders, officials from both governments said.

Iraqi political figures said Friday that Maliki also had failed to consult the leaders of other political factions before announcing the appointment of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar.

The appointment is highly significant because it is Maliki’s first public move after President Bush’s announcement that he was sending more troops to Iraq. The prime mission of those troops is to reduce violence in Baghdad, much of which is blamed on sectarian fighters.

As the Iraqi commander for the capital, Qanbar would play a central role in that campaign, and any ties he might have to sectarian groups could undermine the new U.S. effort.

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By ChicagoGuy, January 15, 2007 at 5:40 am Link to this comment
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There is a striking similarity between bush and maliki, both have their own agenda and will not change regardless of the cost in human lives. We should ask maliki the same we ask of bush and that is, what are your goals and how do you plan to achieve them? It is obvious that maliki supports and protects the shiites and this by no means will result in a fair distribution of power within the Iraqi government. We have created another puppet government as we did in Vietnam and similarly the leader of this Iraqi puppet government rules against the wishes of it’s occupier. Will we send in the CIA to assasinate maliki as we did Diem? Our president’s foriegn policy is nothing short of failure and to continue down this path putting more of our troops in harms way is a crime which needs to be addressed by Congress.

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By louis stroud, January 14, 2007 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment
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well, and silly me, i thought we were there to promote democracy, and here they go making their own ap[pointments, how dare they? evedently they don’t understand texas talk, only do as they think not say or do, whatever that is.now i see that they are going to let major oil companies pump oil out of iraq, and here all the time i thought it was to prevent oil being pumped out so that saudi arabia could get 70 bux a bbl, or more for theirs, maybe they can see the end coming, can you imagine those peoplle doing that for money?, i mean 3018 american kids murdered for oil money for the saudi’s, are you getting a rash yet? i am.

louie

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By Quy Tran, January 14, 2007 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s it be. Iraq’s situation must be resolved by Iraqis people. Don’t be nosy. To withdraw invasion troops from Iraq immediately then let their people to take care its fate by themselves.

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By GW=MCHammered, January 14, 2007 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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SATIRE WARNING! SATIRE WARNING! SATIRE WARNING!

It’s official, Steve Jobs names his latest device in honor of G-dubya… the “iRaq.”

The iRaq is a handheld ill-will gadget that communicates by twisting words into hot air. It offers unprecedented portability in unwinding constitutional rights and in promoting violence for profit. And make-no-mistake-about-it, the iRaq aids the President in making clear as mud, “Everything’s everybody else’s fault whatever it is!” It’s a no-thought, Wi-Fi multi-tasking device with simultaneous, automatic updates from Haliburton, CentCom and Rove.

The iRaq is the only device that allows our leader to rack up failure after failure without consequence. For this reason, Steve Jobs says he almost named it, “...the ‘iRack’ but with all the failures in the middle east, it’s obvious ‘iRaq’ was the only way to market it.”

A proto-type of the device was first seen under Mister Bush’s suit during the presidential debate with Senator John Kerry. The rumor was that our leader somehow cheated during the public quibble. But then Communications Director for the Bush-Cheney campaign, Nicolle Devenish tellingly explained, “There was nothing under his suit jacket.” Of course, she was only protecting early iRaq secrets. Now we know that Bush’s hump was the future iRaq we all one day would share.

All hail Bush’s iRaq.

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By DennisD, January 14, 2007 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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Round and round it goes, where it ends we already know. Another Bu$h plan that’s already DOA.

“We have met the enemy and he is me”. George W. Bush.

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