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Obama Gets ‘Regime Change’ In Iraq That He Demanded

From Reuters:

Power struggle on Baghdad streets as Maliki replaced but refuses to go

By Michael Georgy and Ahmed Rasheed | August 11, 2014

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki’s eight-year rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad. Washington, which helped install Maliki following its 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, congratulated Haidar al-Abadi, a former Maliki lieutenant who was named by President Fouad Masoum to replace him.

Maliki was installed? We thought he was selected to be Prime Minister in 2005 by a sovereign Iraq’s democratically elected by the people. (Later we will be told that the US had nothing to do with installing this new PM.)

Maliki said in a televised speech the president’s decision to name a replacement for him was a "dangerous violation" of the constitution and, flanked by political allies, he vowed "we will fix the mistake." …

Great. Obama is now bypassing another country’s constitution.

Washington delivered a stern warning to Maliki not to "stir the waters" by using force to cling to power.

Obama is great at toppling US allies. Just ask Mubarak or Gadhafi.

A Shi’ite Muslim Islamist, Maliki is blamed by his erstwhile allies in Washington and Tehran for driving the alienated Sunni minority into a revolt that threatens to destroy the country.

Naturally, the US pullout had nothing to do with any of Iraq’s current problems.

Leaders of Iraq’s Sunni and Kurdish communities have demanded he go, and many fellow Shi’ites have turned against him.

Oddly enough, Reuters fails to mention the real person behind Maliki’s (would-be) departure, Barack Hussein Obama. And never mind that Iraq is a sovereign country. And never mind that Obama said he couldn’t accept Maliki’s immunity deal because it would violate the sovereignty of Iraq’s parliament. The same parliament that Obama just forced to throw out Maliki.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the naming of a new prime minister was an important stride for Iraq toward rebuffing Islamic State militants, who have overrun large swathes of northern Iraq. Obama said he spoke with Abadi to congratulate him and to urge him to quickly form a new cabinet that is broadly representative of Iraq’s different ethnic and religious communities…

The new political crisis comes just days after Washington launched its first military action in Iraq since pulling its troops out in 2011…

It is just a coincidence! There was no quid pro quo. And never mind that Obama has been refusing to give any military aid to Iraq for more than a year, unless and until they got rid of Maliki.

A U.S. official insisted Washington had not been involved in the selection of Abadi but said "everybody is pretty relieved that they have chosen somebody and that it was not Maliki"…

And we are supposed to believe them.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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