President Bush goes on TV tonight to discuss Iraq. The Democrats in Congress, who oppose President Bushâs âsurgeâ just got some help form unexpected quarters: Iraqâs Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki. Malikiâs spokesman told the press that when âPresident Bush told the prime minister he was ready to send additional troopsâ instead of saying, âYes. Great. Anything to help end the bloodshed,â Maliki balked, saying heâd have to âtalk it over with his military advisorsâ first.
Why? It seems Prime Minister Malikiâs Shiite allies, including cleric Mugtada al-Sadarâs Shiite militias, are âgaining groundâ in their fight to cleanse Baghdad neighborhoods of Sunnis â and may not welcome more American troops right at the moment.
We have now come full circle in Iraq. First, the Shiites welcomed us with open arms because we deposed Saddam. Now it looks like we may interfere with their slaughtering the Sunniâs, so theyâre saying, Thank you. But youâve done enough.
Think back to all the noble talk about bringing âdemocracy to Iraq.â It turned out to be naïve because in Iraq being in power means something much simpler than justice. It means itâs your turn to punish your enemies.
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