Via RCP comes this essay found in today's Chicago Sun-Times.
You would think the prime minister of Iraq, now that one is actually in place to assert leadership, would do so. As difficult as it may be for him to keep the different factions in his coalition from each other's throats -- the incessant squabbling has kept him from filling the two top security posts in his cabinet -- you would think he would resist the temptation to play up to anti-American hostilities in his shaky government on the part of the Sunnis and some others.
I will take this a step further.
Just as I asserted in my previous post that exposes a congressional candidate's true colors (through a highly irresponsible statement to an already highly irresponsible media), we have another statement that may very well show the true heart and intentions of the current Iraqi PM. It may very well be that his sympathies lie with the terrorists that constantly are looking for ways, to de-stabilize the young democratically-elected government, or maybe he is just not well-adept at leadership-like statements to an overly critical and biased news media.
To make such an irresponsible statement and risk all that has been accomplished (as slow and tedious as it has been), clearly demonstrates to me, an anti-American attitude, which can be an indicator of how he will run the Iraqi government. It also shows to me, just what this guy is made of and what his inner core values are.
If I had any say in the U.S. State Department, the official American position on this would be, "knock it off and knock it off now". "Free speech is one thing, but stick to the points that are proven/true and leave the conjecture to the investigators."
I would also remind him that he is not ready to assume security of the young republic at this particular point in time, and that I would not hesitate to start an early withdrawal, leaving him to deal with the power vacuum that would most certainly be created by the abrupt absence of all multi-national forces. I would explain further to him that I would not be willing to sacrifice one more American life towards a government that puts out what is clearly, an irresponsible piece of politically charged and biased rhetoric, especially in the face of an enemy that knows all too well how to use the news media, to spread their lies and deceits.
At the same time I would let the Iraqi people know and let them pressure their government, too. Most Iraqis are fearful that a withdrawal now would mean an exorbitant increase of violence, and a return of oppression under a ruthless government, probably even worse than Saddam's. The average citizen is not as anti-American, as the MSM would have us all believe.
His unsupported claim is untrue. He needs to acknowledge that and apologize for his incompetent statements, immediately. If he doesn't, I would then put him on notice.