An Empty Nest
Posted by Lurch on November 29, 2006 • Comments (2)Permalink

Mr Bu$h instructed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to meet him in Amman, Jordan in order to give him some of that world-renowned “look into the eyes” counseling. Muqtada al-Sadr told Mr Maliki, who derives much of his political support from al-Sadr, not to go there.

Mr Maliki went to Amman.


Via AMERICAblog, we learn that the AP is reporting Mr Maliki will return to a much smaller base of support:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Lawmakers and Cabinet ministers loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Wednesday they have carried out their threat to suspend participation in Parliament and the government to protest Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's summit with U.S. President George W. Bush.

The 30 lawmakers and five Cabinet ministers said their action was necessary because the meeting in Jordan constituted a "provocation to the feelings of the Iraqi people and a violation of their constitutional rights." Their statement did not explain that claim.

"We are sticking to our position. ... The boycott is still valid," Falih Hassan, a Sadrist legislator, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Bush is a criminal who killed a lot of Iraqis and we do not want him to interfere in Iraq's affairs. The Iraqi government should negotiate with the U.N. Security Council, not with the leader of the country that is occupying Iraq."

This ought to give them something interesting to talk about in Amman.

Comments

Posted by: Mike at November 29, 2006 02:29 PM

Lurch, something to talk about indeed. And I saw earlier today that King Abdullah wants the Amman talks to focus on the Arab/Palestinian - Israel (read: America's support of Israel...) conflict but Bu$h is "...expected to steer the talks to the subject of Iraq." Nothing like a gracious guest. Mike

Posted by: Lurch at November 29, 2006 03:17 PM

In a typical but classic bit of Bu$hCo foreign policty, the WH released a memo critical of Maliki just before the meeting. I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that it was done because that sort of thing always works in domestic politics, and therefore why think Iraqis would react any differently from Democrats, right? Yahoo News covers the story here.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061129/ap_on_re_mi_ea/bush_69

It seems logical to me that discussions about pece in Iraq (and peace with Iran and Syria) should include some meaningful talks about the Palestinian issue. For more than 10 years Arab leaders have told us that this issue is key to peace in that region.

How long are we going to continue to be the arrogant westerners refusing to talk with the "wogs"?

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