A long-standing leader in the Islamic Dawa Party who spent decades in exile and returned to Iraq during the US occupation, quickly rising in the fledgling political scene.
Are we talking about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, or Prime Minister-Designate Hayder Abadi? It could be either, and that’s the big problem with the deal on “regime change” in Iraq, it really doesn’t matter and is leaving roughly the same person in charge.
The primarily difference between Maliki and his successor is that Maliki, once the darling of the US and Iran, has fallen out of favor in the face of soaring sectarian tensions and mounting losses against ISIS.
Abadi is basically Maliki circa 2006, an adherent to the same Dawa ideology beholden to the exact same political interests. The primary difference is that he hasn’t got eight years of failures, and thus doesn’t have the public relations problems of the outgoing PM.
All the talk of Maliki’s divisiveness cost him the foreign support critical to remain Iraq’s ruler, but there is no indication at all that Abadi is planning any serious changes to the status quo, and plenty of reasons to believe he’ll go down the same failed path Maliki has.
5 thoughts on “Iraq: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss”
However expects any of these guys to be able to exert some control or run things is just nuts. Somehow the US and the media think it's just the easiest of things to control a nation of millions. Maybe they should designate Rahm Emmanuelle as Iraq's Prime Minister. Or John Bolton. Send those alleged high achievers and see how they do.
I vote for Bolton – he can take Cheney as his deputy…or the Mittster.
So what was all that fass,pups and hups about Maliki. The main problem in Iraq and Syria is the existence of ISIS not who is prime minister or who is not. These ruthless barbarians from hell needs to be sent back to hell, Saudi Arabia or Qatar or Kuwait for that matter, if they not going to take them the Swedish king and the Swedish Neo fascism government would love to take them in.
Meet the new puppet, same as the old puppet, same dance routine.
Time to let Iraq go.
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