The Bush Administration just handed the al-Maliki Government in Iraq the kiss of death. Saying he is doing a “heckuva job” (actually said “pretty good job”), Defense Secry Robert Gates just secured Maliki’s likely demise after his having been humiliated by Muktadr al-Sadr in Basra. In congratulating Maliki, Gates also said,
“I think we’ve all known at some point that the situation in Basra was going to have to be dealt with. It is the economic lifeline of the country. To have it under control of gangs and militias over the long term is not acceptable… So I think all of us in the government were pleased to see Prime Minister Maliki take this on, take the initiative and go down there himself with Iraqi forces and try to resolve the issue.”
This statement is Bush-speak for “heckuva job Brownie,” which translates to “wow, we/you really f*#ked up again.” It also means, “you’re outta here” (Maliki is toast). Ya see, al-Sadr neither surrendered nor gave up arms. Quite the opposite. He got Basra and boucoup bucks, and in turn Maliki got to say he won a “cease-fire.”
After 5 years of war, such claims as “the surge is working” and suggestions that Bush succeeded in having installed a legitimate government in Iraq all rise and fall with media and then public acceptance of the puppet Maliki regime and its simulated governance as real.
This time, the mainstream media is complicit in constructing the canard that Maliki controls the Iraqi military, and that it, with his say, pushed back the al-Sadr militia. Likely truth is, the US government is giving al Sadr and his supporters heaps of money to claim a “cease fire” (on record they are paying him for port access) and to sustain it, all the while al-Sadr dances to a wholly different beat. That’s right, al Sadr along with clerics in Tehran, not Bush or Maliki, seem to be calling the shots these days. Not quite what we are hearing, is it? and yet, Gates and the rest at Bushco are suggesting things are on track.
This new dynamic became obvious during the violence of the past week. Maliki– not al Sadr–waved the white flag in Basra. Since al-Sadr (not al-quaeda) has very close ties with Iranian revolutionary guard, and since Iran– not Maliki/US– brokered/ forced this latest cease fire (to the extent one exists), one is left wondering about Bush’s boneheaded legacy.
The neo-cons can’t even grasp the real-politik bromide that the enemy of our enemy is our friend. Rather, as Bushco has it, the friend of my enemy is my friend. huh? The US and Iran are providing support for the same side–al Sadr militia in Iraq.
In conclusion, McSame has no truck with the fact that al-Sadr and Iran– not the US and its puppet regime– are controlling events in Iraq. al-Sadr’s demands for a cease fire, which Maliki apparently accepted, give him (al Sadr) control in Basra, which is the opposite of what Bushco/ Gates suggested this morning.
Again, quite a boneheaded legacy. (and this for one hundred years?)