This is so bad that it’s almost hilarious.
Ngo Dinh Diem Jean Baptiste
January 3, 1910 – November 2, 1963
President of the Republic of Viet Nam
Because of inaction by his “ally” John Kennedy, the democratically elected President of Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, was murdered in a military coup. The echoes of this would shatter America’s morale in Vietnam. While future Vietnamese Presidents came and went, all remembered that the weak and gimped defense of its friend, Ngo Dinh Diem.
President Bush, in one of his increasingly Kennedyesque moments, may have just sabotaged the Iraq War in the same way:
Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari announced Thursday that he would refer his nomination for a second term back to the United Iraqi Alliance, the dominant Shi’ite bloc in the new legislature. That opens the way for the Alliance to select a new candidate and break the deadlock created by the refusal of the Kurdish, Sunni and secular blocs, backed by the U.S., to accept a second Jaafari term.
Sistani may have also been spurred to intervene by ominous talk in Baghdad that a group of secular, once-exiled politicians previously favored by the U.S. were planning to seize power and seek U.S. backing. Former U.S.-appointed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi suggested on Iraqi TV last weekend that Iraqi political leaders, despite being marginalized by the Iraqi electorate, might have to create an extra-constitutional â€œemergency government.â€ One of his key allies, acting speaker of parliament Adnan Pachachi, told reporters that such a government would not be based either on the constitution or on the election results â€” results, he claimed, which didn’t necessarily reflect the true will of the Iraqi people . Such a move would likely provoke a violent Shi’ite reaction, if not full-scale civil war, which the moderate Sistani would be anxious to avoid.
Bush has been trying to marginalize the democratic government of Iraq for months now, and this is a new step. By pushing out Jaafari, who successfully turned the Mahdi Army against al Sadr, Bush moves us even closer to the Terrorists in Iraq and away from the loyalty forces that are the keys to victory.
Threatening our allies with a coup is sickening. Doing so to stop the outcome of a free election is worse. Trusting Bush with Phase IV operations in Iraq has been disastrous.
President Bushâ€™s first term — including beginning our response to the Long War, the liberation of Afghanistan, the liberation of Iraq (including the disbanding of Iraqâ€™s Army) — will go down as one of the greatest in American history. With the sole exceptions of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, Bushâ€™s second term thus far is one of the worst.