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Wednesday, November 29

Lots of cooks in the kitchen now

UPDATE: al-Maliki did not meet with bush today. Bush didn't even find out about the cancellation until he arrived at the palace of of King Abdulla II in Jordan. Some say it is because of the memo below from the White House. The WH of course, denies it, so it must be true:
"Absolutely not," Bartlett said." He said the king and the prime minister had met before Bush arrived from a NATO summit in Latvia. "That negated the purpose to meet tonight together in a trilateral setting."
Some analysts say however the the memo leak might have been a good thing because it will show the distance between bush and al-Maliki to the Iraqi's.

Now on the other hand, "Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's parliamentary bloc suspended its participation in the Iraqi government in protest at Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's meeting with the US president in Jordan." So that could be why al-Maliki hasn't met with bush. Hang in there. We'll see what happens.

Bush will meet with al-Maliki in Jordon today to try to get him to step up security in his country.
But in a classified Nov. 8 memo following his Oct. 30 trip to Baghdad, Hadley expressed serious doubts about whether al-Maliki had the capacity to control the sectarian violence in Iraq, and recommended steps to strengthen the Iraqi leader's position, The New York Times reported in Wednesday editions.

"The reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests Maliki is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action," the story quoted the memo as saying.
I wonder the same thing about Bush. Does he have a clue as to what is going on in Baghdad? Does he lose sleep at night knowing what he and his cronies have done? Does he read the news or is he still surrounded by 'yes men'?

Meanwhile, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met with Iranian leaders:
"... for two days of talks with government officials to seek their support in quelling Iraq's violence. Iran, a Shiite Muslim country, is known to have considerable influence among Iraq's Shiite majority — elements of which have been blamed for the bulk of the recent attacks."

The Iranians have declared that "they are quite ready for complete cooperation with the Iraqi government to restore security and stability in Iraq," Osman said in a telephone interview from Tehran. He did not elaborate on how Iran would take part in curbing the violence.
Ok, so the Iranians know how to "deal with" the Shiites.... and meanwhile the Saudi's say they'll intervene if the US withdraws:
Using money, weapons or its oil power, Saudi Arabia will intervene to prevent Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias from massacring Iraqi Sunni Muslims once the United States begins pulling out of Iraq, a security adviser to the Saudi government said on Wednesday.
Oh this sounds... interesting.

The hawks are not really interested in all this though. They want complete victory in Iraq. There is no plan for victory, but they want it. Doesn't it sound like a world war?

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