Archive for the ‘Maliki’ Category
Posted by nytexan on August 15, 2007
It appears that we are moving one step closer to a war with Iran. While Karzai and Maliki are trying to set up relations with their neighbor Iran, Bush is adding fuel to the war fire. This will be the first time this type of action will be taken against a foreign government entity.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. government is involved in intense discussions over naming all or part of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group in a move that would effectively declare “open season” on the organization, a senior official told CNN.
If made, the designation would come in the form of an executive order from President George W. Bush, the State Department official said.
Such a move would allow the Treasury Department to go after the finances of the group and those who do business with it.
“It would basically declare open season on these guys,” the official said, adding that the move is being taken because of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps‘ (IRGC) support for “all the bad actors” — insurgents in Iraq, the Taliban in Afghanistan and other terrorist groups in the Middle East like Hezbollah and Hamas.
The move is “three-fourths done but the devil is in the details,” the official said. An internal decision has been made to take some action, but there is still debate on whether to designate the entire IRGC or just the elite Quds Force.
“We need to decide whether to go for the sledgehammer approach of the larger group or the laser method of just going after the Quds Force,” the official said.
Asked to comment on the reports that the Guard Corps may be named a terrorist group, National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe would only say:
“It’s not appropriate for us to discuss potential future actions. We continue to urge Iran to play a constructive role in the region, and to stop providing support to terrorist organizations.”
Although most in the administration wants to go for the whole group, some want to tone it down a bit to soften the anticipated criticism from European allies, the official said.
For months, U.S. officials have contended that Iranian agents, from the Quds Force, are helping train and equip militants in Iraq and have been supplying armor-piercing explosively formed penetrators to insurgents that have been used against U.S. forces. Iran has denied these assertions.
The discussions come amid increased pressure by Congress to take tougher measures against Iran, including a possible divestment campaign. According to the official, the move by the administration could blunt any action in Congress which might tie the administration’s hands.
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Posted by bosskitty on August 12, 2007
Bush breaks up Iran-Iraq love-in Correspondents in Washington and Tehran
US President George W. Bush yesterday told Tehran there would “be a price to pay” for meddling in Iraq and warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki against cosying up to the leaders of Iran.
Amid what Washington sees as unsettling signs of warming Baghdad-Tehran relations, Mr Bush said he was not surprised at pictures yesterday that showed cordial meetings between Mr Maliki and top Iranian leaders in Tehran, but he said he hoped the Shia leader was delivering a tough message.
“You don’t want the picture to be kind of, you know, ducking it out” when on a diplomatic mission, he said, putting up his fists like a boxer.
“If the signal is that Iran is constructive, I will have to have a heart-to-heart with my friend the Prime Minister because I do not believe they are,” Mr Bush said.
Mr Bush’s comments came just days after he disagreed sharply with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about Iran’s influence after Mr Karzai called Tehran a positive force in combating extremists in his country.
Iraq PM calls emergency summit correspondents in Baghdad | August 13, 2007
PRIME Minister Nuri al-Maliki overnight called on senior leaders in Iraq’s bitterly divided communities to hold crisis talks this week in an effort to save his fraying national unity government.
His latest attempt to bring the leaders of the warring communites under one roof came at a time when the American military declared that five more of its troops battling to bring security to war-torn Iraq had been killed.
“I have invited major political leaders to a meeting to discuss substantial matters,” Mr Maliki said in a televised speech.
“Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow could be the first meeting for these leaders to discuss the political program and important strategic problems,” the embattled Shiite prime minister said.
The last thing King George and Lord Cheney want is for Iraq’s neighbors to kiss and make up. Watch closely while Cheney’s Blackwater/KBR/CIA goons do something to screw this neighbors night out in the Middle East. Cheney has a plan, whether Bush goes along or not. Can’t have peace breaking out before we are through destroying everything in sight. Got to make good on the promises made to our ‘war profiteers’. We must pay them for contracts never met – we only have a short time left before someone demands accountability. INCENTIVE FOR UNSCRUPULOUS BEHAVIOR is what has kept this ‘A-Bomb-A-Nation’ in office. The clock is counting down. Watch out for the UNSCRUPULOUS terrorist production coming to a city near you.
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Posted by bosskitty on August 5, 2007
Gates Says Troop Drawdown Possible
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged Sunday that political stability in Iraq won’t likely happen before the Bush administration makes its critical September assessment on whether its war strategy is working. But Gates declined to predict that a drawdown of U.S. military forces in such a scenario would happen by year’s end.
Gates is almost good at ‘doublespeak‘. More references to Orwellian moments.
“It’s a possibility,” Gates hedged, when asked if he considered a troop drawdown this year a “strong possibility” or would bet on it.
“We’re doing contingency planning on a lot of different possibilities,” Gates said.
“Circumstances changed in a different way,” Gates said. “That’s the process we hope will evolve over time.”
Gates cannot keep his optimism afloat. Speculation about what US “drawdown” capabilities will be when Petraeus reads his script in September, is a marketing exercise. Why can’t Gates keep his story straight? Because, he has no clue what script will handed to him, he is not the only Hollywood production in the works.
US may start Iraq pull-out this year, says Gates
Gates: U.S. underestimated Iraq ‘mistrust’
Gates says Iraq politics disappointing
Gates says political stability in Iraq unlikely before September
Then, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says on Fox Noise,
Security “has improved some” because of U.S. and Iraqi cooperation, she said Sunday.
“Clearly, too, we have a lot of work to do on the political side,” she said. But, she added, “I would not underestimate the importance of the continuing work of the leaders of these very powerful parties in Iraq.” A majority vote would get the law passed “but it would not have the force of all of the groups that wanted to do this,” she said. “They don’t want a 51-49 on constitutional reform.”
Condi is expert at ‘doublespeak‘. No one can pin her down on anything.
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Posted by bosskitty on July 28, 2007
By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Relations between the top United States general in Iraq and Nouri al-Maliki, the country’s prime minister, are so bad that the Iraqi leader made a direct appeal for his removal to President George W Bush.
Although the call was rejected, aides to both men admit that Mr Maliki and Gen David Petraeus engage in frequent stand-up shouting matches, differing particularly over the US general’s moves to arm Sunni tribesmen to fight al-Qa’eda.
At another meeting with Gen Petraeus, Mr Maliki said: “I can’t deal with you any more. I will ask for someone else to replace you.”
Can’t we all just get along?
Saudi Arabia is convinced that Maliki is an Iranian intelligence agent … Our track record choosing leaders remains sad … America is still leadership challenged.
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Posted by bosskitty on May 20, 2007
Thanks for this article by Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post Foreign Service
The movement of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has embarked on one of its most dramatic tactical shifts since the beginning of the war.The 33-year-old populist is reaching out to a broad array of Sunni leaders, from politicians to insurgents, and purging extremist members of his Mahdi Army militia who target Sunnis. Sadr’s political followers are distancing themselves from the fragile Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, which is widely criticized as corrupt, inefficient and biased in favor of Iraq‘s majority Shiites.
Is this the attitude we have been waiting for? One can only hope.
In recasting himself, the cleric is responding to popular frustration, a widening Sunni-Shiite rift and political inertia, conditions he helped create. The shift is as much a reaction to U.S. efforts to rein him in as it is an admission of unfulfilled visions. His strategy exposes the strengths and weaknesses of his movement as it pushes for U.S. troops to leave and competes with its Shiite rivals in the contest to shape a new Iraq.
Let’s pay closer attention to what Al Sadr is saying. His Sunni counterpart says:
“The Sadrists believe they have political problems, and they are trying new tactics to serve their own interests,” said Mithal al-Alusi, an independent Sunni legislator. “But anyway, we welcome any political group who wants to talk instead of kill.”
If there is a force that will embody both Islamic factions and become inclusive of the Iraqi populace, then there is actually HOPE and our troops can be removed with more dignity. Sadr’s army is the second largest in Iraq after the US. They will be able to stand against Al Qaeda’s intrusions. This is, of course, wanting to believe Al Sadr’s words. He is offering the US an OUT. At the same time he denounces the corrupt government the US placed in charge of Iraq and cannot seem to control.
Don’t forget, good intentions are worthless without good actions to follow.
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Posted by nytexan on April 26, 2007
The Iraq funding bill is now on its way to Bush’s desk to be vetoed. Bush, who doesn’t seem to get that the American people want the troop’s home. He doesn’t seem to care that Congress is finally doing what we asked. HE made his mind up to veto the bill before both houses of Congress ever voted.
Timetables are not going to make or break the violence that Bush has created in Iraq. The timetable in this bill is something that Americans want. The idea that a timetable will tell Al-Qaeda “hey, where leaving tomorrow, it’s all yours” How ridiculous. Al Qaeda is there and will always been in Iraq, thanks to Bush, his failed policy and delusional thoughts of grandeur. It’s easy to throw Al Qaeda in the mix as a distraction, since almost all of the current violence has been Sunni and Shia.
I am sick and tired of listening to Bush, his administration and Dana Perino stating “remember it took our country several years to get the government up and functioning, we’ve got to give the Iraqi government a chance”. I would probable buy that if the Iraqi government was actively participating from the beginning. Maliki has been poked and prodded to do something for years. The Iraqi training is years behind schedule. The police are corrupt and not dependable. The infrastructure has never been completed because of contractor corruption and shoddy work.
Words from Lieberman in a CNN report have to make your jaw drop “Before the vote, Lieberman condemned the bill — which he said laid out “a strategy based on catchphrases and bromides rather than military realities” — as a guarantee of failure in the war in Iraq.”
The military realities of Iraq are that all of the generals have stated that peace will not come to Iraq through the military but through diplomacy.
From the same CNN report: Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, argued before the vote that continuing the war defies the will of the American people and that the U.S. military “should not police Iraq’s civil war indefinitely.” He defended the need for a deadline to withdraw troops, calling it “the only realistic way to encourage the Iraqis to take responsibility for their future.”
Funding is not running out. The Pentagon has stated many times in words and in their recent report that they have fund trough June. The 109th Congress actually took over 1o0 days to get the last funding bill to Bush’s desk. So I really disgusted to keep hearing that the 110th Congress is dragging their feet on funding is it’s at the 80 day mark. This just amounts to is more lies, exaggerations and scare tactics from the White House and the right wing.
In a press conference today Dana Perino said “the Senate had passed “defeatist legislation”. “Defeatist”, another catch word the GOP has clung to in recent days. When asked that how can Bush veto the bill when over 60% of Americans polled wanted the troop’s home. Perino said Bush doesn’t go by the polls to make decisions. It’s obvious that Bush doesn’t care what we say. He never has.
So where do we draw the line? Do we continue to send troops indefinitely until one day the Iraqi government wakes up and starts governing? The citizens of Iraq are dying at an astounding rate. However, the true numbers of Iraqi’s deaths are unknown because Maliki can’t or won’t tell the U.N. the truth. Iraqi’s want peace and they are trying to make the best life they can out of the chaos around them. How can the Iraqi people expect peace when Maliki does nothing? How can they expect peace when their government won’t step up to the plate? Timelines are not bad they will force the Iraqi government to start governing. Maybe then the Iraqi people can live the lives they deserve.
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Posted by nytexan on April 22, 2007
Prime Minister Maliki has asked the U.S. military to halt building the wall to separate Shities and Sunni’s. In a Reuter’s article Maliki was in Cairo trying to get support for Iraq on an Arab tour. During his speech regarding the Baghdad wall, he stated “I asked yesterday that it be stopped and that alternatives be found to protect the area,” “I fear this wall might have repercussions which remind us of other walls, which we reject,” he added.
The American response was to play the whole thing down and they would work with the Iraqi’s to coordinate security. Did the U.S. not coordinate this 3 mile insult with the Iraqis before they started construction? How typical of Bush to come up with the most insulting way to solve a situation. Is the new commander General David Petraeus so afraid to stand up to Bush and tell them it’s wrong? Maybe, but I believe Petraeus is in the same no win situation with Bush that every general before him was in. Remember Petraeus got his job because previous commanders spoke against Bush and his numerous failed plans and ideas.
How confused is Maliki now? Bush tells him to take control, so Maliki listens to his people who are insulted by the wall and he makes a decision to halt the building. You can bet he will get an earful from Bush. Since Maliki was on an Arab tour you can bet that he met with leaders of countries that Bush doesn’t condone. Oh Maliki will hear about that. Maliki is a leader with to many puppet masters attached to him. While Bush, the controller of everyone’s universe, needs to be the head puppet master at the cost of humanity and dignity.
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