News You Really Need To See: “Why We Struck With Maliki and Lost Iraq”

“Why We Struck With Maliki and Lost Iraq”

The Washington Post, July 6, 2014, p.B1

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-we-stuck-with-maliki–and-lost-iraq/2014/07/03/0dd6a8a4-f7ec-11e3-a606-946fd632f9f1_story.html

To understand why Iraq is imploding, you must understand Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — and why the United States has supported him since 2006.  I have known Maliki, or Abu Isra, as he is known to people close to him, for more than a decade.  I have traveled across three continents with him.  I know his family and his inner circle.  When Maliki was an obscure member of parliament, I was among the very few Americans in Baghdad who took his phone calls.  In 2006, I helped introduce him to the U.S. ambassador, recommending him as a promising option for prime minister.  In 2008, I organized his medevac when he fell ill, and I accompanied him for treatment in London, spending 18 hours a day with him at Wellington Hospital.  In 2009, I lobbied skeptical regional royals to support Maliki’s government.  By 2010, however, I was urging the vice president of the United States and the White House senior staff to withdraw their support for Maliki.  I had come to realize that if he remained in office, he would create a divisive, despotic and sectarian government that would rip the country apart and devastate American interests.”

Quickie Analysis:  A long but fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Maliki, his rise to power, and what keeps him there.

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