Vice President Biden made numerous calls to senior Iraqi leaders over the past several months and U.S. officials directly participated in top-level negotiating sessions that lasted until just moments before the Iraqi parliament finally convened to approve a new power-sharing government Thursday, a senior Obama administration official said Friday.
The mistake they made was in supporting Nouri al-Maliki. Mr. Maliki signaled he would allow U.S. troops to remain in Iraq past the end of 2011 and that was enough to put them on board with Mr. Maliki.
I am Jewish. There are very few Jews in Iraq. (Some reports say none in Baghdad, some say three.) That was not always the case, certainly not before the start of the Iraq War. But Jews in Iraq were targeted and persecuted. The same way that Christians are now being. And this happened under Mr. Maliki with the Jews and it is happening with the Christians under Mr. Maliki.
So you have to wonder why the U.S. government would want to be in bed with this despot?
Apparently our goal of privatizing everything and having a tag sale on Iraq's public goods was to tempting to pass.
By grabbing on to that 'hope,' the administration has ensured that life for Iraqis will not improve.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: