American commanders have said that their military may bear some responsibility for Thursday’s errant airstrike, but the Iraqi prime minister disagrees.
Arguably, the so-called Islamic State (actually a vicious gang of serial killers) could never have taken over northern and western Iraq if the largely Sunni Arab populations there had not been deeply alienated from the government in Baghdad by the openly sectarian politics of former Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Did Nouri al-Maliki's policies help create the country’s current impasse?
Middle Eastern regional powers joined the U.S. in welcoming the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s next prime minister, creating a dorm full of strange bedfellows.
A consensus is forming in Washington that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must resign, as part of accountability for his failures with his Sunni Arab citizens. Because Washington is so good about demanding accountability.
The results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections are in, and everybody lost.