Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Is There an Iraqi Government Somewhere in Our Future?

Seven months and counting since the March 7, 2010, election in Iraq, a new government has yet to form.  As if that weren’t bad enough, Nouriel al-Maliki, leader of the Shi'a bloc, flew to Iran on October 18, 2010, to meet with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, and Moqtada al-Sadr, a powerful Shi’a cleric, who wants all U.S. forces out of Iraq immediately.  Maliki stressed that Iraq’s ties with Iran is at the top of Iraq’s relations with other countries.

Eight years since the 2003 invasion, a trillion dollars, five thousand dead soldiers, several tens of thousands wounded, and the remaining 50,000 U.S. troops scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of 2011, the prospect of a stable democracy in Iraq supportive of U.S. interests appears increasingly dim.  What may emerge in its place is greater cooperation between Iran and a Shi’a-led government in Iraq that includes al-Sadr’s bloc.  Such an outcome would be a severe setback for U.S. foreign policy.

A Great Decision?

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