Friday, August 24, 2007

Powerhouse GOP firm working to undermine Iraqi PM

"A powerhouse Republican lobbying firm with close ties to the White House has begun a public campaign to undermine the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, CNN has confirmed."
Powerhouse GOP firm working to undermine Iraqi PM - CNN.com

Republican lobbying firm: "You know what would be a really neat idea? Let's undermine the government of Iraq that we spent 6 years at the cost of $500 billion and nearly 4,000 American lives trying to create. All the while we'll prove we DON'T support Iraq's democratic process, and drive him to look to other, possibly more hostile, nations for help.


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The article clearly states that there is no connection between these activities and our government.

We are not undermining the democratic process in Iraq.

And Hillary Clinton and other prominent political figures have also recently publicly criticized Maliki.

Anonymous said...

From my friend Jim Geraghty:



I'm not really a fan of Nouri al-Maliki. I don't think anybody's impressed with his performance as Iraqi prime minster.

So when Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., says, "I hope the parliament will vote the Maliki government out of office and will have the wisdom to replace it with a less sectarian and more unifying prime minister and government," it is, in and of itself, not that objectionable. We can hope for leadership changes in a lot of countries — Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and Syria come to mind...

But that's getting reported as Levin calling for Maliki's ouster.

It's a rare day that I find myself in agreement with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, but he said to the Post that, "if it appeared that Maliki had been ousted at Washington's behest, his replacement would be seen as a U.S. puppet — a kiss of death in the region."

So as Hillary says:

"The Iraqi government’s failures have reinforced the widely held view that the Maliki government is nonfunctional and cannot produce a political settlement, because it is too beholden to religious and sectarian leaders," the New York senator said in a statement given exclusively to CNN’s Jessica Yellin.

Clinton went on to say she "hope[s] that the Iraqi parliament will replace Prime Minister Maliki with a less divisive and more unifying figure when it returns in a few weeks."

She may be precise with her words, but it's not getting reported that way. CNN's headline is, Clinton: It's time for Maliki to go. The Levin comments were reported as, "Senator Calls for Maliki's Ouster." It sounds like they're calling on the insurgents or some faction to overthrow him, and that's "off message" to put it mildly.

Secondly, our friends on the left side of the aisle loudly lament that America is seen as arrogant, a bully, an imperialist power meddling in the affairs of other countries... and then they turn around and tell the Iraqis who their leader ought to be. Uh, guys, ya ever think comments like this might be part of the problem?

TTH said...

well, if Hillary said something, then it's ok...
public critique=campaign to undermine?