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White House Subverts Democratically Elected Government

“Iraq After Jaafari,” by Tony Karon, Time, 20 April 2006, http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1185825,00.html (from No More Mister Nice Blog).

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 “emergency government.” 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 — 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 Bush’s first term — including beginning our response to the Long War, the liberation of Afghanistan, the liberation of Iraq (including the disbanding of Iraq’s Army) — will go down as one of the greatest in American history. With the sole exceptions of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, Bush’s second term thus far is one of the worst.

Sunni Arab Plans To Subvert Democracy

Iraq’s Sunnis say things never worse,” Associated Press, 12 June 2005, http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8194923/ (from Informed Comment).

Ryan, if you dig into Lightning…,” by John Robb, Global Guerrillas, 13 June 2005, http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2005/06/effects_based_o.html.

Surprisingly, the bloody end of apartheid is unkind to the apartheidistas

Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government has been in power less than two months, and minority Sunni Arabs — the dominant force in the nation’s relentless and bloody insurgency — are struggling to find a place in the country’s future.

Their plan? Collapse the Constitution

But the once-powerful community, at its lowest point since the U.S.-led invasion and ouster of Saddam Hussein, refuses to accept second-class status and believes it still has trump cards to play — chief among them: withholding approval of a new constitution in a fall referendum.

So Sunni tribes attack American and Iraqi soldiers, assassinate Iraqi politicians and religious leaders, and then profit by rejecting the Constitution.

Iraq is in a civil war. The terrorists swim like fish in the Seas of Anbar, Ninevah, and Saladin. Worse, the terrorists may be undefeatable through politics, as their goal is not to win but to throw Iraq into chaos.

if the country continues as a failed state these groups can continue to operate. That is an end in itself. Winning is state failure.

The Iraqi People would win an ethnic civil war. The Sunnis are a small minority.

The Shia and Kurds should strike back. The lakotization of the Iraqi Sunni Arabs should begin.