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Iraqi Government on Shaky Ground

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Posted on Apr 11, 2007

Baghdad’s government could fall over demands from key Iraqi Cabinet ministers to end the U.S. occupation of their country.  The ministers support Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, the driving force behind this week’s huge anti-American rallies in Iraq.


Washington Post:

Iraqi Cabinet ministers allied to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened Wednesday to quit the government to protest the prime minister’s lack of support for a timetable for U.S. withdrawal, according to a statement.

Such a pullout by the very bloc that put Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in office could collapse his already perilously weak government. The threat comes two months into a U.S. effort to pacify Baghdad in order to give al-Maliki’s government room to function.

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By Kol Klink, April 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment
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If Maliki goes he will replaced with a strong man of shrubs choosing. Then bushco will finally have what they set out to acchieve - regime change - but with a regime that suits them.

It will take extrodinary curcumstances for shrub to pull out of Iraq. Perhaps if the oil well engineers report one day that carrot juice is comming out of the well heads, not oil?

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By Quy Tran, April 11, 2007 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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They’re kicking our ass with a huge slogan “Yankees, Get Hell Out Of Our Country!”.

What does the lawless administration think about this ?

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By Steve Hammons, April 11, 2007 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment
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Some people have wondered if having a weak Iraqi government amid chaos plays into the hands of those who launched the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The weak government there, unable to cope with the chaos and bloodshed that has been unleashed, helps to justify the continued occupation by US forces.

Maybe this is what the Bush-Cheney bunch wanted all along in order to maintain permanent US bases in Iraq.

Some people wonder if the many “mistakes” along the way were actually part of the “plans,” as the article below explores:

“‘Mistakes’ or ‘plans’ in Iraq, War on Terror?”

PopulistAmerica.com
February 12, 2007

http://www.populistamerica.com/mistakes_or_plans_in_iraq_war_on_terror

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By dale Headley, April 11, 2007 at 11:57 am Link to this comment
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What a joke!  This story is predicated on the fiction that there actually IS a government there.  There is NOT a government there.  There never HAS been a government there.  And, if George W. Bush has his way, there never WILL be a government there - not a sovereign one, anyway.  The so-called Iraqi “government” is what it was intended to be: a bunch of well-heeled politicos hunkered down in the protection of the Green Zone, doing the bidding of U.S. oil interests.  The fact that a quorum of Shiite politicians have stood up to demand a timetable for withdrawal of foreign troops from their soil will be totally ignored by Bush, because he knows what they evidently don’t: they are not the government of Iraq; HE is.

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