And they should.
Do you know why?
Because the White House screwed over Iraqiya before. That is who the reporters mean by "Sunni Muslim minority," by the way. And, no, Iraqiya is not "Sunni." It is a mixture of Sunni and Shia and others as well. They are a non-sectarian slate and are headed by (Shi'ite) Ayad Allawi.
Iraqiya came in first in the March 2010 elections so Mr. Allawi should have been given first crack at forming a government as prime minister designate. If he had been successful at forming a government within 30 days, then he would have moved from prime minister designate to prime minister.
But Nouri al-Maliki, whose political slate (State Of Law) did not come in first, threw a hissy fit and the U.S. government backed him for a second term as prime minister even though his use of torture and other abuses were well known by then.
The White House asked Mr. Allawi, for the good of the country, to give up his claim and promised him he would head an independent security commission in exchange.
And that went into the U.S. brokered Erbil Agreement but, a year later, and Mr. Maliki never implemented it.
The U.S. did not call him on it.
And so, if I were Mr. Allawi, I would not rush to do the bidding of the U.S. government. They are not a trustful broker.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: