I hope Obama has completed all his planned “the War is Over” celebrations, because Iraq is about to deteriorate fast.
Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that a challenge to his government by Sunni politicians could destroy the ethnic and sectarian power-sharing system that underpins Iraq’s democracy—and take more power into the hands of the Shiite majority.
The threat signals the most dire political crisis Iraq has faced since an agreement on a governing coalition one year ago smoothed over a long-running conflict that has re-emerged with the official pullout this month of U.S. forces from Iraq.
The current government, which emerged in December 2010 after over eight months of acrimonious negotiations, was an unwieldy coalition of feuding political factions.
For many, the collapse of this government is now inevitable. “American withdrawal in this manner, given that Iraq is unstable, opens Pandora’s box,” said Ghassan al-Atiyyah, a London-based Iraqi analyst.
Obama to returning troops a few days ago:
>“What our troops achieved in Iraq over the course of nearly nine years is truly remarkable,” he said. “Together with our coalition partners and core of dedicated civilians, they removed a brutal dictator and gave the Iraqi people their freedom.”
Yesterday in Iraq:
At least 57 killed and 176 wounded.
The attacks, which numbered at least 12 and involved mostly car bombs and improvised explosive devices, started at about 6:30 a.m. local time and lasted for about two hours, according to an official with the Ministry of Interior and the special security task force for the capital.
He promised he’s bring our troops home, and he was going to do it. Now the Iraq, and the Middle East, will live with the consequences.