Saturday, April 22, 2006
The Iraqis make a deal
The Iraqi Shiites have settled on a new prime minister
who is much more acceptable to the Sunnis and the Kurds. The new guy, Jawad al-Maliki, is thought to be more competent than his predecessor, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and less tight with Iran. He is also uncompromising in his attitude toward the insurgency, and yet has earned the endorsement of leading Sunni leaders. How did this come to pass? Perhaps because we Americans have increasingly mumbled about imposing our
deadline. In this regard, it seems that John Hinderaker
and John Kerry
agree! Partisan politics, it seems, has finally retreated to the water's edge....
I truly doubt that US political issues had anything measurable to do with Iraq's political calculations.
I think that Jaafari, and the UIA, were becoming the political scapegoat for the continuing civil war.
Maliki worked for Jaafari, and is from Dawa too -- so "policy" will be similar. But most political coalitions become very personal. This is a no-lose/no-lose compromise--the Sunnis & Kurds don't lose on Jaafari, the UIA/ Dawa faction doesn't lose on PM.
Tom Grey, I think you're probably correct. I was mostly just goofin' on Mr. Hinderaker.