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Why we stuck with
Maliki — and lost Iraq

Washington Post, by Ali Khedery

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 7/3/2014 9:43:03 PM

To understand why Iraq is imploding, you must understand Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — and why the United States has supported him since 2006. I have known Maliki, or Abu Isra, as he is known to people close to him, for more than a decade. I have traveled across three continents with him. I know his family and his inner circle. When Maliki was an obscure member of parliament, I was among the very few Americans in Baghdad who took his phone calls. In 2006, I helped introduce him to the U.S. ambassador, recommending him as a promising option for

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: FormerDem, 7/3/2014 11:15:37 PM     (No. 9910393)

It´s a great article and vivid story. I am really proud of this diplomat.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: vigilant, 7/4/2014 1:33:02 AM     (No. 9910470)

is diplomat is hero in my book. But I take from his story the answer provided by the
so- called religion, which is actually a political abomination for total control, is to form a committee to go out and behead the opposition. So loving and charitable , I could cry.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: vigilant, 7/4/2014 1:35:29 AM     (No. 9910472)

This diplomat is a hero in my book. But I take from his story the answer provided by the
so- called religion, which is actually a political abomination for total control, is to form a committee to go out and behead the opposition. So loving and charitable , I could cry.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pursuitoftruth, 7/4/2014 6:29:46 AM     (No. 9910545)

I add this article to the pile of misinformation on Iraq.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: toddh, 7/4/2014 12:02:13 PM     (No. 9910963)

“I’ll bet you my vice presidency Maliki will extend the SOFA,”

lied Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.

Not excusing Prime Minister Maliki, but this crappy behavior was predictable, caused by President Obama´s giant knife in his back. That (semi-) Americans elected Obama must have made it feel like a betrayal by the American people.

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