Close to Obama: we beat Bush in dealing with the Iraq crisis
Date: Monday 19/03/2012 10:22
translation Abdul Khaliq Ali
History will decide whether former U.S. President George W. Bush has erred in the decision to topple Saddam or not. As President Barack Obama will be judged by the most important question: Can Obama make the old enemy of the United States ally in the region where you need Washington to more number of friends?
Said Anthony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President Obama and national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, …at a symposium held in Washington that the Obama administration suffered a lot in order to turn Iraq into another country from the countries of the Middle East does not exhibit hostility to U.S. interests.Blinken said, “despite the end of hostilities in Iraq, our work with this country is still ongoing.” Blinken said the diplomatic efforts made by the U.S. State Department and White House officials – including Obama and Biden – since the departure of the last American troops last December, to keep the peace in Iraq. Bush administration officials have spared no effort in meeting and communicating over the phone to various sects and ethnic groups of Iraq to urge them to reach a compromise on sharing oil revenues in the country, as has already been continued diplomats American and White House officials the same as those efforts with their counterparts in the highest levels of the Iraqi government at the outbreak of violence in the country, and pushed the leaders of Baghdad to do what they could from the efforts to quell the unrest that might bring the country into political chaos.
officials of the administrations of Bush and Obama have long been concerned about the governments of the Middle East, which avoids dealing with the new Iraqi government, as that Baghdad remained for several years after the fall of Saddam is far from a regional scale. Blinken said that this began to change and relations began to improve, where he visited Baghdad recently, officials from Saudi Arabia and Jordan and United Arab Emirates – all of whom are allies of the United States -. He also noted Blinken to the visit of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki this week to Kuwait and that the parties settle the dispute during which he left by the previous regime. Kuwait said that the forces of the former regime stole ten aircraft and equipment in millions of dollars when the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. During twelve years of the conflict can not of Iraqi Airways flights to Great Britain, in addition to the freezing of its assets in Jordan.
not surprising that indicates a senior official at the National Security Council to diplomatic initiatives to some friends of Washington’s Iraq. For its part, Iran has always tried to influence the thoughts of the Baghdad government. Blinken acknowledges the intervention of Iran in Iraqi affairs is noteworthy that this fact fixed and there is no possibility of change. Wrote many of the thinkers of the Middle East in the report of the Study Centre of Strategic and International United States – for this reason – is making utmost efforts to counter Iranian influence in Iraq, the use of its powers as an assistant master of Iraq, as well as through the provision of information and press releases that highlight the Iranian interference. With this, the containment of Iranian influence, although its importance is not the main objective of the United States, but the goal is to create a stable, democratic Iraq that can appear as a stable friendly to the United States and its allies in the Persian Gulf region. As mentioned these thinkers that America’s ability to achieve this goal remains uncertain. In Baghdad, Iraqi lawmakers continue the work that took years to try to draw a deal Sharing oil revenues, which can satisfy the three main parties. Blinken said, “Vice President would like to say that the oil can be the glue that brings the Iraqis, for Iraqis and the long road they have to in pieces.” Currently Iraq produces nearly two million and seven hundred thousand barrels of oil per day, and he is trying to increase production to 3 million barrels in the near term.
and ended the United States officially presence in Iraq on 31 December 2011 after nine years of the invasion of its military forces in 2003, and the overthrow of Saddam, the decision of former U.S. President George W. Bush.
n for: New York Times