This qualifies as the stupidest thing the Maliki team has done…
…even stupider than Maliki believing that he’s got what it takes to run Iraq in the first place.
This is what the “genius” Da’awa Party apparatchik Hassan Al-Suneid, one of Maliki’s chief aides, had to say to the Associated Press today:
“…Al-Suneid, however, said al-Maliki was intentionally using the displeasure of American voters over Bush's handling of the war to strengthen his position.So basically, this is very embarrassing for President Bush; he is being “manipulated” by the guy whose ass he is saving. Maliki knows that Bush is politically vulnerable, and is intentionally turning up the rhetorical heat.
"It's al-Maliki's chance to get what he wants. It's a chance for al-Maliki to force a better deal for himself," he said.”
Great. Except that in a month’s time, the Americans may pass a strong hint to the Iraqi military to take matters into its own hand, suspend parliament and form a “unity government.” This is not such a far-fetched scenario given that one of the key recommendations of Jim Baker’s Iraq Study Group will be to abandon the goal of firming up a democratic Iraq.
At that point, Maliki may find himself back in exile, in Damascus.
The anti-Bush camp is going to have a field day with this on the Sunday shows tomorrow. Ali Al-Dabbagh, the official spokesmen of the Iraqi cabinet, is asleep at the time of writing this post. The other “genius,” Yassin Majid, Maliki’s media coordinator, probably approved this statement too.
Maliki and his team are just way out of their league. This is not how strategic relationships are conducted.
This mistake comes at a time when many knives are out to stab Iraq’s democracy in its cradle. Only Bush had remained steady.
[The text of the AP story was posted in the comments section]