Be Careful What You Wish For

1 comment August 24th, 2007at 10:09pm Posted by Eli

Well, if the goal was to install an American-style democracy in Iraq, it looks like mission accomplished. Just try substituting “Bush” for “Maliki” and “Republican” for “Shiite” in today’s NYT lead editorial:

Continuing in the Jaafari tradition, Mr. Maliki’s government has fashioned Iraqi security forces into an instrument of Shiite domination and revenge… His government’s deep sectarian urges have also been evident in the continuing failure to enact legislation to fairly share oil revenues and the persistence of rules that bar much of the Sunni middle class from professional employment.

(…)

The problem is not Mr. Maliki’s narrow-mindedness or incompetence. He is the logical product of the system the United States created… It was all but sure to produce someone very like Mr. Maliki, a sectarian Shiite far more interested in settling scores than in reconciling all Iraqis to share power in a unified and peaceful democracy.

….[J]ust about everyone in Washington now agrees that Mr. Maliki has made little effort to advance national unity.

The most recent intelligence report on Iraq, released yesterday, concludes that Mr. Maliki’s government is unable to govern and will become “more precarious” over the next six months to a year.

(…)

[T]he Maliki government prefers to concentrate on fortifying Shiite political power and exploiting the immense oil reserves of southeast Iraq. It is hard to imagine any Shiite government acting very differently.

The resemblance is quite uncanny, really – and NYT doesn’t even mention the Iraqi government’s extended vacation when their presence is needed most.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Iraq,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. Dillanger  |  April 20th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    OX7qZF Very true! Makes a chngae to see someone spell it out like that. :)


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