Blackmailing Maliki II

If this wasn’t so pathetic it would be funny. Bush, squeezing Maliki’s nuts to get the right to permanent bases, sends the puppet to Tehran to reassure the Iranians of the American’s good intentions, that our Iraqi bases would never be used to attack Iran.

“We will not allow Iraq to become a platform for harming the security of Iran and its neighbors,” Mr. Maliki said, according to the Iranian state-run news agency, IRNA, which reported that he met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the second day of a three-day visit.

As if anyone in Tehran would buy that line, Maliki then had to go visit his spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader. I’m sure the Ayatollah had to control his laughter when the supplicant Maliki said he could control the American military.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has advised Iraq’s visiting prime minister against signing an agreement with the US keeping foreign troops in the country beyond 2008. The continued presence of US troops was Iraq’s “fundamental problem”, Khamenei told Nuri al-Maliki during a meeting on Monday
Talk about a fool’s errand.
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0 Responses to Blackmailing Maliki II

  1. Morgan Warstler says:

    Your history on this subject:

    The surge won’t work. Wrong.
    Basra is horrible news. Wrong.
    Iraqis aren’t making political progress. Wrong.

    And now theres this: Maliki is a puppet. I wonder how your insight on this will turn out…

  2. Dan says:

    I banged on the window yesterday and the squirrel leaped off of the bird feeder and scurried over the side of the deck.

    “Problem solved,” I announced to the room, “I won’t be seeing any more squirrels on that bird feeder.”

    And I strode triumphantly from the room.

  3. STS says:

    Dan for Decider!

  4. Morgan Warstler says:

    I 2nd that!

  5. About as effective as spitting on the woodstove.

  6. JR says:

    It’s odd isn’t it that a majority of Americans, Iraqi’s and Iranians want America to leave Iraq?

  7. Morgan Warstler says:

    No. They also want free food, education, medicine, hot wives, and to kill the people who have earned their keep and oh-by-the-way, pay for everything.

  8. rhb says:

    Yes, they do! No, they don’t! Yes, they do! Don’t! Do! Don’t! Do! . . .

  9. Jon Taplin says:

    Morgan- Do you really think the Iranians would believe that Malaki could keep the U.S. from using Iraqi bases to launch an attack on Iran, if it came to that?

    Do you still believe in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy , also?

  10. Morgan Warstler says:

    No Jon, I don’t believe that, but it is not the point. Who cares if Iran is comfortable – besides you and Obama?

    The point is that instead of kissing ass, Iraqi leader Maliki got to reach across the meeting and tap the knee of the Iranians and say, “no no you have nothing to worry about,” and smile. He’s got a big dog on his leash, and he’s working to put Iran back in a box on his side. At the same meeting, he told them, “stop sending arms here.”

    This sums it up:

    “Still, Maliki was expected to present evidence of Iranian influence in Iraq, the state newspaper, Al Sabah, reported before he departed. It was unclear whether Maliki, armed with this evidence, would argue that diminished Iranian support for the insurgency could be rewarded with a diminished long-term American military presence in Iraq.”

    Continuing from WSJ:

    “WASHINGTON — The U.S. military, in a shift, has postponed the release of a report detailing allegations of Iranian support for Iraqi insurgents, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The military had initially planned to publicize the report several weeks ago but instead turned the dossier over to the Iraqi government, these people said. The Iraqis are using the information to pressure Tehran to curb the flow of Iranian weaponry and explosives into Iraq, these people said.”

    I didn’t get why you missed this side of it, but now that I’ve explained it, you can completely pretend it doesn’t matter.

  11. Jon Taplin says:

    Morgan-If Maliki is still willing to hold an election this fall (which I doubt), we will see if your Status of Forces agreement gets approved. My guess is he’s afraid to hold the election, because Dawa would lose control of Parliament.

  12. Morgan Warstler says:

    Jon it isn’t my SOF. With me, you seem to take any data that doesn’t fit your pat storyline thinking and blow it out of context. To be clear, Maliki has 2 interests that support his gaining and maintaining power:

    1. Get Western oil players to come in and build out infrastructure (raise oil revenues FAST), by proving it is safe.
    2. Rely less and less on US military to maintain law and order.

    Those two ideas are NOT contradictory and you are mistaken if you think the US has to or wants to control the country with an iron fist for him to make that pitch.

    If he does those two things, he and his party will gain strength. I promise you that Frank Luntz / Karl Rove types are already helping to figure out how to help him frame the the message for election.

    On the US side, I repeat, our strategic interest isn’t in ruling Iraq, our interest is in making sure the “sell as much oil as fast as possible guy” the “fuck OPEC guy” maintains and gains power – and if he needs us to get the hell out of the way, and “leave” as soon as he provides safety to the Western oil companies, to make that happen – then GREAT!!!

    Quite the contrary, we can’t / don’t want to have to patrol Basra and Mosul three years from now, for him to continue to achieve that goal. In broad theory terms, we want Maliki to be the most powerful leader in the Middle East in 10 years – we want him to be Obama.

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