Category: US Politics
Posted: 05/13/07 15:15
by Dave Mindeman
GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may have articulated the Republican method of getting out of Iraq....blame it on the Iraqi government.
From Reuters:"So far, they've not been able do anything they promised on the political side," the Kentucky Republican said, citing the Iraqis' failure to pass a new oil revenue bill, hold local elections and dismantle the former Baath Party of Saddam Hussein. "It's a growing frustration. Republicans overwhelmingly feel disappointed about the Iraqi government...."
McConnell also added the following:"I want to assure you, if they vote to ask us to leave, we'll be glad to comply with their request."
In the coming days it will be interesting to see if other GOP Senators start parroting those thoughts. If so, we may be looking at the way out of Iraq.
The GOP is getting nervous about 2008 and finding some kind of solution to this war is a growing concern for the leadership. If they can demonize the Iraqi parliament for their failures, then they can point to that as the reason for the Iraqi debacle. 'We did our job...they did not do theirs'.
The Iraqi government failures are not something new. It has been apparent for over a year that they are paralyzed. None of the reconciliation measures have been acted upon and basic government services are virtually absent. So for Mitch McConnell to suddenly come to this "realization" is more for political expediency than any discovery of a new policy change.
Indications are, that given a straight up or down vote, the Iraqi parliament would
ask US forces to leave. The Al-Maliki government has used various parliamentary procedures to prevent that so far, but the pressure could increase to bring all of this to a final culmination.
Maybe the answer to Iraq lies within the halls of its dysfunctional government after all.