Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Chris Core of WMAL in Wash. D.C. asked what would you advise Bush today when he speaks to Miliki?
An excellent question today Chris. The answer is “I am hear to help you, what do you want the US to do”? You mentioned Al-Sadr as the most dangerous man in Iraq today. Well, we made him a hero to his Shiite people. He is standing up to the Sunnis. At the same time we marginalized the moderate voice of Sistani, the most revered Shiite cleric in Iraq. What does Sadr want? He wants the Bathist, insurgent-harboring Sunnis neutralized. If you have time read the interview between Foreignpolicy.com and Sadr's number 1 guy Baha al-Araji. Go here:
Sadr wants us to support the Shiites. Miliki wants us to support the Shiites. Sadr is willing to let the Kurds alone. Sectarian violence is a reality. We have to choose sides. Sitting on the fence means no one will listen to us anymore. The police and army have picked sides along sectarian lines.
Bush's goal to create stability in the Middle East was a correct one. His policies in Iraq won't achieve that. Stability in the Middle East means one thing; check the expansionist goals of Iran. That is what the moderate states fear the most. The choice is clear. Throw every resource we have behind the Shiites. Back them to the hilt, but let them do the fighting. Make a deal with Sistani, he is the real power behind the throne. We will help you if you cut Iran loose. Publicly support him. This will marginalize Sadr. When we removed Saddam we eliminated the only force checking the Iranians. If we leave with the Shiites under the influence of Iran, the Middle East will fall to Iran. They will have a new surrogate, or at worst a neutral in the Iraqi Shiites that we armed and trained.
That is the worst thing we can let happen and it does not have to be.
Liberty or Death