Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Barack sings the same old song

The White House has lost a powerful ally in Iraq.  Press TV reports:

The head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq has dismissed the US-led coalition’s sincerity in its fight against the ISIL terrorists, saying Iraqis can defend their country on their own.
“People of Iraq have the ability to liberate their homeland from the terrorists of ISIL and there is no need of foreign interference and international or American forces,” said Ammar al-Hakim.

This rejection comes on the heels of Moqtada al-Sadr making similar remarks.  While movement leader and cleric Moqtada was never an ally of the White House, Haider al-Abadi is or was.  And Monday, the prime minister of Iraq insisted the US government was far too slow in providing needed aid and assistance.

All three figures are Shi'ites which makes the rebuke all the more striking what with the decision of the US government to ignore the Kurds and the Sunnis.  Though Germany may provide arms to the Kurds, the White house has put all their efforts into backing the Shi'ites while pretending that they were offering a 'plan' for all of Iraq.

Alsumaria reports that US Gen John Allen declared today that the US government would not be arming Sunni tribe leaders.  It is up to the Ministry of Defense, Allen insisted, to arm the Sunnis.

That decision not to arm is a decision to choose sides in a battle while supposedly insisting that Iraq's government focus on being inclusive.

The White House continues to choose sides -- as it did throughout Nouri's second term.

The decisions they made then allowed Nouri to brutalize the Iraqi people and created the current problem.

It's hard to see how doing the exact same thing -- but with a new puppet named Haider al-Abadi -- will help Iraq or stop the violence.

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