Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The lies of Nouri al-Maliki as told by the White House to the New York Times

Nouri al-Maliki has a column the New York Times just published.  It's hilarious and supposedly the White House helped craft it.  (As two e-mails from friends at NYT just explained.)  It opens:

Imagine how Americans would react if you had a terrorist organization operating on your own soil that killed dozens and maimed hundreds every week. For Iraqis, that isn’t a hypothetical question; Al Qaeda in Iraq and its affiliates are conducting a terrorist campaign against our people.
These terrorists aren’t just Iraq’s enemies. They are also America’s enemies.

No, 'Nouri,' they're not.   Not by the determination of the White House.

Barack backed al Qaeda in Iraq in Libya and is backing them in Syria.

And the violence isn't just from al Qaeda in Iraq.  Even if you're speaking only of violence carried out by Sunnis, it's not just al Qaeda in Iraq.

Nouri is a US-installed 'leader.'  He does not command the respect of the Iraqi people.

While they lived under Saddam Hussein, Nouri fled the country like a chicken.

He hid out in Iran and Syria and begged the US government to go to war with Iraq.

"Please, mighty US government, I am impotent and small and powerless.  Save me!"

It's a personal insult to the Iraqi people that one exile after another was put in charge after the US invasion.

You have lazy reporters who turn every attack into al Qaeda -- forgetting that there are militants and rebels and that, most of the groups passed off as al Qaeda in Iraq can really only be considered al Qaeda-linked.

Nouri (with White House assistance) writes:

And despite the terrorist threats we face, we are not asking for American boots on the ground.

But you were.  As Tim Arango (New York Times) reported at the end of September 2012:

Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.        

Nouri's such filthy trash.  If you doubt it:

Iraqis understand and respect the difference between terrorist attacks and peaceful protests. While resisting terrorists and militias, our government is responding to peaceful protesters by engaging in extensive dialogue through the formation of high-level coordinating committees, and we are working to address the demands of protesters.

They might.  Does Nouri?  He's labeled them terrorists and Ba'athists.  And, he's let his forces attack and kill them.   January 7th, Nouri's forces assaulted four protesters in Mosul,  January 24th,  Nouri's forces sent two protesters (and one reporter) to the hospital,  and March 8th, Nouri's force fired on protesters in Mosul killing three.  All of that and more appeared to be a trial run for what was coming, the April 23rd massacre of a peaceful sit-in in Hawija which resulted from  Nouri's federal forces storming in.  Alsumaria noted Kirkuk's Department of Health (Hawija is in Kirkuk)  announced 50 activists have died and 110 were injured in the assault.   AFP reported the death toll rose to 53 dead.  UNICEF noted that the dead included 8 children (twelve more were injured).

Nouri (and the White House) really think Americans are idiots judging by the column and its many lies.

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