Instead of “Maliki in Deal to Lead Iraq and Empower Anti-U.S. Bloc”, the New York Times headline could have easily been “Maliki in Deal With the Devil” or better yet “Iran Puts al-Maliki In Power”.
Nuri Kamal al-Maliki will partner with Moktada al-Sadr to form a government in Iraq. Moktada al-Sadr is closely allied with Iran. One could conclude that Nuri Kamal al-Maliki will partner with Iran to form an Iraqi government.
It appears to me that we have spent billions in nation building in Iraq only to hand the nation over to Iran. That being the case a review of our Iraqi strategy is in order. The only way we can get our money’s worth is to see to it that the Sadrists fuck up and get the other Shiite factions so pissed off that civil war breaks out anew. This will prompt military action on the part of Iran. We will then come to the defense of Iraq, pull our troops out of Afghanistan and launch a new Iraq War aimed at building a true democracy in Iraq and while we are it in Iran.
On the other hand, perhaps as Joe Biden has advised on other issues, we should just suck it up. That means getting the hell out of the Mideast and doing a little nation building in the good old U. S. of A. On second thought this latest thought sucks. We’re lousy at nation building. Next thing you know there will be a headline announcing “Obama in Deal to Lead The U.S.A. and Empower the Tea Party and al-Palin”. Since the Tea Party is closely allied with the Republicans , bipartisanship would at last rule.
Wow, Iran and its antics can really screw me up. There is no end to this! Of course there is - the end!