Iraq ghosts haunt the Obama campaign
Iraq ghosts haunt the Obama campaign
Posted 18/07/2012 09:54 AM
Babinaoz (Reuters) – We have lost our voice and our influence at the moment we left Baghdad, has also coincided with the moment the decision of the son of al-Maliki about the deployment of tanks, houses Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and two of the most prominent leaders of the opposition.
Probably ended the American mission in Iraq formally but not over yet for the Iraq war to President Obama. When Obama was a member of the Senate for a brief period, he called for the withdrawal of U.S. forces quickly at the end of 2007. In 2008, ran his campaign and put a program based on the idea of U.S. troops to their homes and the closure of Iraq’s final page. Obama was the first goal, but it seems that the local political environment and the relationship of Iraq document Iran had its election of this war-torn country to the core of political speech the U.S..
reminds us of this situation, regrettably, that Iraq was very fragile when Obama decided to terminate any intervention actually would determine the future of the country , as this may give Mitt Romney and the Republicans in general an opportunity to open a front against the U.S. administration in foreign policy because this administration left Iraq in the wind, and granted Iran the opportunity to expand its influence in the region.
in December 15, 2011, ended American military intervention in Iraq formal and carried out a promise that Obama launched by the President during his campaign. We have proved now the health of words of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta when he officially announced the end of the American mission in Iraq and said, “will be subject to Iraq to test difficult in the coming days because of terrorism, and anyone who seeks to divide the country, and economic and social issues, and demands the establishment of democracy.”
Panetta also said very clearly that the United States “would be willing to stand by the Iraqi people when faced with these challenges …”. But since then, throwing Iraq between the claws of the wolves!
saw the months following the withdrawal of U.S. troops, up pointing at the sectarian violence, killing some 1,500 civilians since the month of December has split Parliament in him after that monopolized the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s power and ignore the power-sharing deal held previously. In the meantime, began to allies of Iraq’s new in the region (they are allies who hoped to win over the country during the period of the American mission) are increasingly alarmed because almost al-Maliki from Iran.
that Iran’s influence in Iraq is not new, it was Tehran kill American soldiers and is working to provide the rebels with equipment and trying to change the political situation throughout the years. After the withdrawal of the United States, that the growing influence in the reign of al-Maliki.
Today, the focus of Iran to provide services to its allies in Iraq and the exercise of religious influence and tremendous economic to prevent Maliki’s opponents to overthrow the Shiite leader or calling for the withdrawal of confidence from the government.
so far, and despite the issuance of the reports of successive violations of human rights carried out by agents of al-Maliki and the continuing suppression of freedom of the press , committed to the Obama administration’s silence in the hope of the American people not to note that the investment of the Americans in Iraq may hurt at the end of the day in the interest of the Iranians.
This is what happens when decisions are based on military, diplomatic, domestic political pressures, and this is what encourages enemies and weakens the position of the country.
Thanks to Obama, learn the United States this harsh lesson most difficult method, we have lost our voice and our influence at the moment we left Baghdad coincided that moment, also with the decision of the son of al-Maliki deployment of tanks around the homes of Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and two of the most prominent leaders of the opposition.
began Referrals to take a diplomatic stance more stringent than Iraq resound again, but do not receive these calls any ears from the White House so far.
witness this year’s heated election season and seen the President to the Iraqi file, like any other question, any way that serves his campaign. The interest of the President of course, to avoid talking about the Iraq issue, but Republicans certainly will benefit from the exploitation of political turmoil and the current sectarian to attack Obama’s foreign policy, and the mind too much linked to local considerations and the approach based on hasty and naive and limited. The debate that took place in 2004 about the health of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In 2012, controversy has centered on the health of the U.S. withdrawal in a way so fast with all the risks brave soldiers fought and died for it in order to achieve it.
There is no doubt that the deterioration of the political situation in Iraq will strengthen Iran’s influence, we have proved the president that he lacked a sense of leadership in the two issues together, and even if the election campaign in 2012 centered on the files of unemployment, the economy and huge debt, should not be surprised one if he comes back the specter of the Iraq war to a key point of contention in this elections.
Thomas Basile – Washington Times
* Worked as a consultant in the “Coalition Provisional Authority” in Baghdad between 2003 and 2004