Biden is Hemlock for Iraq

Washington Post military correspondent Greg Jaffe has penned an important article examining what the current unrest in Baghdad might mean to President Obama’s strategy for Iraq. Basically speaking, he writes that Obama has come to depend on Prime Minister Haider Abadi to restore stability and usher in necessary reforms. There’s logic to this. Contrary to those who see all Shi‘ites as cut from the same cloth, there’s actually broad diversity to the Shi‘ite community, politically, religiously, culturally, and ethnically. Even with in Da`wa, the political party from which Abadi arose, there are major factions: Those like Abadi who spent their exile years in the United Kingdom seem much more at ease with the West and a more liberal model of government than those, like Abadi’s predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who spent his exile years in Syria and Iran. Indeed, many Iraqis within government and the security forces criticize Abadi most for surrounding himself too much with pro-Western or more academic personalities rather than those accustomed to the rough-and-tumble hard politics that characterize Iraq.

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