Monday, December 18, 2006
Maybe al-Maliki's days really are numbered
If recent reports are correct, and President Bush is considering at least a temporary increase in troops in order to secure Iraq, then I find it unlikely that current Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki is going to remain in his position much longer. I just have a hard time believing that Bush would approve an increase in troops unless it was accompanied by a corresponding change in government. I know Bush is publicly denying such posturing. Yet, with so much on the line, I don't think that he's inclined to take more risks with the lives of American soldiers without some assurance of a change in the political culture — a political culture which has so far led to increased blood feuds between religious sects. If some sort of change is on the horizon, then I think it's big change. Anything less would risk the continuation of the status quo, which Bush finally seems ready to change right now.