US Slams Its Former Iraq Puppet: "The Maliki Government, Candidly, Has Got To Go"

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It was two days ago when we reported that America's third crusade in Iraq "Is Not Going As Planned: Iraq Prime Minister Defies US, Accuses Saudi Arabia Of "Genocide"", in which we said that "something unexpected happened: Iraq's Shi'ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq's main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting "genocide."... the Shi'ite prime minister has moved in the opposite direction of Obama's demands, announcing a crackdown on politicians and officers he considers "traitors" and lashing out at neighbouring Sunni countries for stoking militancy."

Furthermore, Maliki managed to infuriate not only the US with his intransigence, but more importantly Saudi Arabia whom he accused, accurately many would say, of being the true aggressor and instigator of sectarian violence, saying "we hold them responsible for supporting these groups financially and morally, and for the outcome of that - which includes crimes that may qualify as genocide: the spilling of Iraqi blood, the destruction of Iraqi state institutions and historic and religious sites."

This promptly escalated when, as we wrote yesterday, "In Escalating War Of Words, Saudi Arabia Fires Back At Iraq, Warns Of Civil War, Opposes Foreign Intervention."

That was just it: nothing but words, as certainly Saudi Arabia has zero diplomatic pull with Iraq. However, it does with the US.

Which is perhaps why the culmination of all the events in the past weeks was revealed overnight when when, as the WSJ revealed, "the Obama administration is signaling that it wants a new government in Iraq without Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, convinced the Shiite leader is unable to reconcile with the nation's Sunni minority and stabilize a volatile political landscape. The U.S. administration is indicating it wants Iraq's political parties to form a new government without Mr. Maliki as he tries to assemble a ruling coalition following elections this past April, U.S. officials say."

From the WSJ:

Such a new government, U.S., officials say, would include the country's Sunni and Kurdish communities and could help to stem Sunni support for the al Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, that has seized control of Iraqi cities over the past two weeks. That, the officials argue, would help to unify the country and reverse its slide into sectarian division.


A growing number of U.S. lawmakers and Arab allies, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are pressing the White House to pull its support for Mr. Maliki. Some of them are pushing for change in exchange for providing their help in stabilizing Iraq, say U.S. and Arab diplomats.

Here is how the US defines "democracy", courtesy of Dianne Feinstein:

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) told a congressional hearing Wednesday: "The Maliki government, candidly, has got to go if you want any reconciliation."

In other words, yet another majority-elected ruler is about to be replaced because the US is not quite happy with how he is operating. And to think this strategy worked out so well in Ukraine in the last few months.

Needless to say, one can't have yet another direct US intervention in another nation's affairs without John Kerry being present. Sure enough, he is:

Mr. Kerry was even more pointed in his criticism of Mr. Maliki on Monday, arguing his removal could help stabilize Iraq's sectarian divide.


"If there is a clear successor, if the results of the election are respected, if people come together with the cohesiveness necessary to build a legitimate government that puts the reforms in place that people want, that might wind up being very salutatory," he told Yahoo News.


Mr. Maliki's State of Law coalition won a plurality of seats, 92 out of 328, in Iraq's parliamentary elections. The country is waiting for ratification of the results, after which the parliamentary speaker will call on the leadership of Mr. Maliki's party to form a new government.

As we also noted yesterday, things in the middle east have flip-flopped so much in recent months, that Iraq, which for years was a close US ally has been left to fend for itself, while a sworn US enemy, Iran, is now America's closest middle-east ally, on par with Saudi Arabia. So much so that Iran may be instrumental in determining the next Iraq government.

Current and former U.S. officials said Iran will be crucial a player in efforts to form a new government in Baghdad and potentially remove Mr. Maliki, and will push for any new government to be friendly to its interests.


Tehran and Washington are Iraq's most important diplomatic, economic and military partners. And both the U.S. and Iran have pledged in recent days to support the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS.


Former U.S. officials said both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations communicated regularly with Iranian diplomats in Baghdad during the political deliberation in 2006 and 2010 that previously elected Mr. Maliki. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns discussed Iraq's political reform process with Iranian officials on Monday in Vienna, according to the State Department.

And then there is of course, Saudi Arabia:

"We believe that Maliki's sectarianism and exclusion of Sunnis has led to the insurgency we are seeing," said a senior Arab official. "He unfortunately managed to unite ISIS with the former Baathists and Saddam supporters."

In conclusion, Iraq's third liberation, this time from a puppet government the US itself appointed to the country, is about to proceed, with the result being yet another puppet state, this time controlled by a joint venture of Iran and Saudi Arabia, which will be quite amusing to watch considering the two countries are hardly bestest buddies.

In the meantime, keep an eye on ISIS - the terrorist organization with the glossy annual report, which many say is merely a front for someone else, has managed to dig itself in within the Sunni communities in the north, and is the biggest wildcard. One wonders how long until the mercenary force finds its latest major backer, because for all the western, US-led intervention, both Russia and China are oddly missing from the scene. We expect that to change soon.

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jubber's picture

No one wanted this guy it was the clueless US who imposed him, and we are now seeing the results, they also had four years to do something about and didn't

RevRex's picture

No, the ObowelMovement Government needs to be flushed

Occident Mortal's picture

It's clear now that the US wants Maliki out, and he will be removed exactly like Assad was.

SWRichmond's picture

if he was a real strong leader he'd have troops in 130 countries and would bomb the s*** out of anyone who disagreed with him.  so yeah what the f*** is wrong with this guy?

Tabarnaque's picture

This is the USSA interpretation of democracy in all its glory. If a local leader is to the dislike of the power that be in Washington then he/she should be immediately removed. For Washington democracy is only a Trojan horse used as a tool to place their own slave local puppet government in foreign nations. If the local puppet rebels then kick him/her out.

john39's picture

yeah, but... same thing happened in the USSA a long time ago...   so just layers of puppets...  where is the hidden hand?

Keyser's picture

Perhaps the administration didn't get the memo, but the US pulled out of Iraq and left the Iraqis to their own devices... They have no incentive to obey the US and history shows that the US will fuck things up at every opportunity... Much like the US is now funding both sides of this fiasco... So Obama and company can just fuck off as they no longer have a say in Iraqi politics since abandoning the country... 

sushi's picture

the US will fuck things up at every opportunity

In exctly the same way they are handling the Ukraine situation.

A leader was democraticly elected. The USSA managed a coup to bring the Chocolate King to power and the Chocolate King immediately proceeded to bomb and strafe his own citizens following the model of Gadaffi but with the complete blessing of the USSA and NATO.


Now the USSA proposes something similar in Iraq.

Why not go to the root of the problem and turf the leaders of Saudi Arabia? At least in that case there is no conflict with the principles of democratically elected government.

BigJim's picture

Look, the US establishment are just trying to deflect blame for this onto Maliki.... it has nothing to do with Bush Senior giving Saddam the green light to invade Kuwait and then destroying most of his military when he did, then Clinton's continuation of sanctions that killed half a million Iraqi children, then Baby Bush's 2003 war, then Obama's assistance to Sunni Jihadis in Syria.

20 years ago, Iraq was a country providing material assistance to Palestinians... now it's a smouldering wreck.

Oded Yinon & AIPAC. What a combination.

I sometimes hope there is a God, because I can't see him dealing with the perpetrators of this shit kindly on Judgement Day.

Christophe2's picture

What's even worse is that they are saying that Maliki is responsible for this "sectarian division", as if this were really a civil war pitting Sunni vs. Shiite/Christian/etc., when in fact ISIL is a bunch of mostly foreign mercenaries that invaded the country from Syria.

So when Feinstein says that "The Maliki government, candidly, has got to go if you want any reconciliation.", what she is saying is that the US wants a government that will 'reconcile' itself with these foreign (US) mercenary soldiers' 'wishes'...

OF COURSE no legit PM would ever do so, and the fact that Maliki is getting in the way of that 'reconciliation' with savage, murderous, raping, cannibal takfiri scum is pretty strong indication that the guy is doing what's right for his country!

PartysOver's picture

Obama is nothing but a symbol who has no respect for law.  Not a leader, maybe a Dictator or Tyrant, but not a leader.

I sure hope the USA Electorate "feels good" with their decision.

I often wonder if this country will survive his Presidency because you know the other side will try to one up him in all catagories that do not include respect for law and freedom.

insanelysane's picture

We want to export Democracy everywhere.  Well when you are in the Middle East, Democracy means that if you are in a country with a majority of Sunnis, you get a Sunni government and a majority of Shiites will elect a Shiite leader.  The only "stable" governments in the region are those run by kings and dictators.  We want the will of the people except when we don't.  Same as here now that I think about it.

lakecity55's picture

Export the Bath House and the Gang of 8 (balls)!

DogSlime's picture

I sure hope the USA Electorate "feels good" with their decision.


Probably not - didn't Obama win simply because he wasn't Mitt Romney?  Would Romney have been any better?

There don't seem to be many candidates who aren't utterly bought-and-paid-for these days :(

It's just as bad here in the UK.  Democracy is fucked right now.




thamnosma's picture

I figure Romney's foreign policy wouldn't have been "better", though perhaps he wouldn't have dismantled Libya.  He would not have an administration so disdainful of the American people and the rule of law.  I was no fan but he was no hater of the country either.  Sometimes the lesser of two evils is, well, the lesser of two evils.

Big picture -- the macro trends are not going to be solved by "the man".   The global financial mess will run its course no matter who our "commander" is.  America's position in the world is changing as well.  Still, I want these leftists out.

Patriot Eke's picture

Saddam?  Assad hasn't been removed.

kchrisc's picture

Makiki may want to lookup 1963, Vietnam, CIA, Ngo Dinh Diem, coup.

"The DC US only has 'friends' they can use. All others are road kill."

Urban Redneck's picture

The exact wording (according to Feinswine) is: "The Obama government, candidly, has got to go if you want any reconciliation."

Tao 4 the Show's picture

Starting to read like a Brazilian soap opera.

CuttingEdge's picture

I was thinking more like the Magic Roundabout.

In the annals of history has one country shown such incompetent ineptitude with foreign policy over such a short space in time?

Pee Wee's picture

No, which is why it is plain as day to see that business (Fascism), not principle, is guiding all foreign policy.

Hopefully you don't think that Bush hung the Mission Accomplished banner because it had something to do with a mission.

It was getting there that was the victory so Fascism Inc can milk it for decades.   Now go vote for Jeb for Iraq vs. Big Business 3.


Rootin' for Putin's picture

At least Brazillian soap operas come to and end after a while.

rubiconsolutions's picture

And what is going on now is nowhere near as sophisticated and erudite as a Brazilian soap opera. 



rwe2late's picture

I guess this will teach US foreign puppets when the POTUS drops by unannounced for a couple hours in the middle of the night (as with the most recent visit), Maliki should have jumped out of bed, and cravenly rushed to the US military base for the photo-op.

But really, it wasn't just that Maliki did not kiss ass enough in general. As with Diem, Noriega, Saddam, Bin Laden, Mubarak, and a host of unsavory actors, he was deemed no longer useful to the empire.

After more than a decade of sowing sectarian conflict in Iraq, the US now wants "reconciliation" (i.e. the always planned eventual break-up of Iraq in order to better dominate the region and particularly its resources).
Bremer (a Kissinger protege) was put in charge of Iraqi reconstruction (actually de-construction). Against all well-meaning advice, he disbanded the Iraqi military and government despite the warnings about the chaos and strife that would ensue. (And the additional US and Iraqi casualties which would predictably result.)

Balkanizing the Mideast as planned by "Clean Break" &  PNAC

Atomizing the Mideast

US plotting

Managing Chaos

The recent "redirection" to give greater support the Sunnis, including Sunni jihadists, has confused those who continue (incredibly) to assume US policy is geared to  prevent "terrorism". However, despite the apparent tactical shift, the overall objectives remain the same.

swmnguy's picture

Yes, the retirement plan for US puppets is a bitch, isn't it.

flacon's picture

Can we get rid of Diane Feinstein as well?

BandGap's picture

We need to keep a few court jesters, don't we?

sessinpo's picture

That is what judges and bailiffs are for

RabbitOne's picture

And don't forget Harry Reid!

Treeplanter's picture

All BS.  He was elected by Shiites and has always been Iran's puppet.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

So a week ago people with normal cognitive functions were saying this was more than ISIS rolling through the country like a runaway train yet we were seeing a mix of sophmoric analysis saying either OMG ISIS is the new plague! or SUNNI SHIA SUNNI SHIA!


Each day that goes by, the truth becomes a little clearer, but is unreported seemingly even here. I mentioned this in that IDIOTIC post yesterday about how "ISIS won't stop in iraq and here is why" and a guy asked for a link so I'll reiterate here.


This will in it's present form stop in Iraq, because ISIS is a comparably small force who is barely big enough to fight 1 front, let alone several, and THIS ONE IS KEY, as much and likely more of the fighting is being done by a remnant force from the Saddam Hussein days, headed up by the one guy left from the Deck of Cards, Izzat Ibrahim Al-Duri.

"The Naqshbandis, located primarily in Mosul, were formed in 2007 by former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam’s former deputy and the head of the Baath party following Saddam’s execution in 2007, is in charge of the group."


So this band of old school loyalists are aligned with ISIS, where if they were to win and depose Maliki, would immediately declare war on each other, and the naqshbandis would almost certainly win. MEanwhile Sunni and Shia alike are lining up to fight both factions. The fact that you have Sunnis lining up to support the maliki government obviates the notion that this isn't ideological solely. The fact that a significant portion of ISIS is foreign, it lays it bare as more than a civil conflict.


THe few articles I read mentioning Al Duri mention he was the king of spades in the deck of cards. NOt in mine he isn't. He's the king of clubs.

valley chick's picture

Go out a window? 

Last of the Middle Class's picture

No more government job for you! Who's next in the puppet line?

disabledvet's picture


"Doing nothing is not an option." Another duly elected leader is on the take out list.

"Who lost Iraq?" Is on the table.

RevRex's picture

America needs regime change

AUD's picture

It won't get it while you sit & bitch. At least those muslims are prepared to do something about it, even if it is violence.

Oldwood's picture

Is there any possibility that Russia and China can get the UN to pressure the US for a regime change?

lakecity55's picture

Well, thinking positive can't hurt!

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Does this mean that we need to spend another 4,000 American lives and 3 trillion dollars to replant the seeds of democracy?

Pee Wee's picture

It's called record bonuses, and no one sees them coming. Democracy is the gimmick.

conscious being's picture

Indeed Pee Wee, democracy has become like a can openner for banksters when they need to bust open a country.

insanelysane's picture

Yes, rinse and repeat until they just forget about their religious disagreements dating back to the year 634 AD.

sushi's picture

Does this mean that we need to spend another 4,000 American lives and 3 trillion dollars to replant the seeds of democracy?




It means we shortchanged the Iraqi's by only spending $25 billion dollars training their army. Clearly we should have spent $50 billion to get the required results. Somebody cut a cheque to Halliburton pronto.

Seasmoke's picture

HA. The Tribe got shit on their faces, AGAIN. 

MeMongo's picture


Candidly watching Finesteen go the rout Cantor went would be a Huge step in the right direction for Amurica!

Sambo's picture

What has she done for California? That state is in a mess.

Winston Churchill's picture

Maliki has been spending way too much time in Peking for pax Americana.

Anyone would think Iraq had been about to join the BRIICS or something.

How convenient that ISIS stopped it.