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Maliki vs Hill … Cut the U.S. ties, back to Iran for rescue ch.7 mentioned

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The U.S. volatil­ity atti­tude towards the Iraqi issue, made Maliki to come to the con­clu­sion that he has noth­ing to lose, and all what the U.S. inter­ested right now is “an Iraqi elec­tion” described by the Amer­i­cans in two words “trans­par­ent and fair”, which allows the U.S. to with­draw its mil­i­tary forces in the August of this year.

In the absence of a clear U.S. pol­icy in Iraq com­pared to its con­cerns in Afghanistan, the U.S. inter­ven­tion in Iraqi affairs is no longer built on a “moral issue” such as what it was in the Repub­li­cans era, with the pres­ence of strong Amer­i­can ambas­sadors in Iraq, like Zal­may Khalilzad, Negro­ponte, and Ryan Crocker. The pres­ence of the cur­rent ambas­sador Christo­pher Hill, is only rep­re­sents the type of pres­sure that may not lead to solutions.

Maliki’s solu­tion

Maliki’s state­ment against the Amer­i­can Ambas­sador Christo­pher Hill, warn­ing him not to go beyond his diplo­matic mis­sion is some­thing new in Iraqi pol­i­tics. The Amer­i­cans are still strongly present in Iraq with an army of 140 Thou­sand sol­diers, and they are also present under Arti­cle VII, there­fore, Maliki’s talk about sov­er­eignty is not very wel­comed by the U.S. How­ever, the U.S. Embassy responded to Maliki’s accu­sa­tion by say­ing that its role is lim­ited with pro­vid­ing advice to the Iraqi lead­ers, which means that the U.S. doesn’t rec­og­nize Maliki’s statement.

Dur­ing the past period, every­thing was mov­ing in the direc­tion of hold­ing elec­tions that could exclude all those who stand against cer­tain projects in Iraq. The most promi­nent among those, is for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Iyad Allawi and his major­ity Sunni polit­i­cal force, which is a major blow to the the Iran­ian Islamic project in Iraq.

The deci­sion taken by the Jus­tice and Account­abil­ity Com­mis­sion to exclude cer­tain mem­bers from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the elec­tion came as a sur­prise for all, even for Prime Min­is­ter Al-Maliki, who used the chaotic sit­u­a­tion to turn the table against the Amer­i­can upside down, under­stands that if they are not harm­ful right now, they are no longer use­ful, espe­cially with their defin­i­tive deci­sion to leave Iraq despite the warn­ings issued by Amer­i­can politi­cians (the last warn­ing came from Kissinger who advised Obama to change his plans against Iraq).

For his part, Maliki wants to employ his crit­i­cal posi­tion towards the Amer­i­cans against his oppo­nents, espe­cially the Iraqi National Coali­tion (INA), who made the Ira­ni­ans to under­stand that Maliki is moti­vated by the Amer­i­cans not to join INA coali­tion. Cross­ing the “red lines” against the Amer­i­cans means that Maliki pre­sented his cre­den­tials to the Ira­ni­ans who will find him from now on a strong ally who can clash with the Amer­i­cans and in the cur­rent U.S. — Iran rela­tions, this is what the Ira­ni­ans exactly need.

Chang­ing seats and places, this is rea­son behind Ammar Al-Hakim’s visit to the U.S. ambas­sador Christo­pher Hill yes­ter­day, to find if he can replace Maliki as the U.S. favorite.


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