Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The reason the Iraqi government is so messed up

Among many other things today, a British War Hawk moans in public (in a serialization meant to sell his book and to rehabilitate his name) and we could do a very lengthy entry on that.  There are also a number of other issues that we won't cover in the next entry (politics and violence is the next one) that we could be grabbing for this one.

Instead, we're just going to just emphasize a important paragraph from John Barry's "'The Engame' Is A Well Researched, Highly Critical Look at U.S. Policy in Iraq" (Daily Beast):

Washington has little political and no military influence over these developments. As Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor charge in their ambitious new history of the Iraq war, The Endgame, Obama's administration sacrificed political influence by failing in 2010 to insist that the results of Iraq’s first proper election be honored: "When the Obama administration acquiesced in the questionable judicial opinion that prevented Ayad Allawi's bloc, after it had won the most seats in 2010, from the first attempt at forming a new government, it undermined the prospects, however slim, for a compromise that might have led to a genuinely inclusive and cross-sectarian government."

Slowly, but surely, the truth always comes out. 

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