Thursday, January 18, 2007

Maliki slaps back at Bush

I'm trying to sneak in a quick post while I have a moment to myself today and this caught my eye. Maliki says we could get the heck out Baghdad if only we would give his security forces more guns and money - the implication being Bush has reneged on promised amounts. Kind of a tough sell there, with thousands of US arms paid for with US tax dollars that are currently unaccounted for, and have presumably gone out on the black market and are widely thought to be in the hands of the Shia militias who play a big part in the sectarian violence that is currently tearing Iraq asunder while propping Maliki's government up.

More interesting I thought, is Maliki's remarks were apparently made in response to the criticism coming from the White House about his inability to effectively govern and put an end to the sectarian warfare. How delicious is the irony that while Bush and his posse have been accusing anti-war Americans of undermining the "war on terror" and emboldening terrorists, that now Maliki has used the exact same rhetoric to accuse Bush and his White House of undermining his government and emboldening terrorists?

It looks like the all too fragile veneer of civility between the two "leaders" (and how appropriate that they're both so equally incompetent) is shattering before our eyes. It's difficult to know what to make of it at this point, but one doubts anything good will come of this thinly veiling trading of insults. The only thing I'm certain about is that I don't want to give more guns and money to either one of them.
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2 Comments:

Anonymous lester said...

I disagree entirely. if the iraqis want us to leave we need to leave. give them guns, flat screen tv's whatever they want. they are asserting themselves here and we have no right to micromanage them. they are ostensibly a sovereign entity

5:22:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I think we should we leave, or at least move to the fringes Lester but there's a big difference between funding them and micromanaging them. You can't just pass out the goodie bags indefinitely, or they'll never want us to leave.

6:36:00 PM  

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