This blog post was published on November 30 2006. §
Maliki and Bush meeting, don’t expect much #2
The meeting was exactly as I said in a previous post
Bush said we will support the Iraqi government, Maliki said thank you and that’s all, for one reason these two are not the main players in the whole political game.
Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper foresees that Maliki is the victim, their editorial says:
In short they say there is no place for Maliki’s government in the new Sunni coalition [Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia].
Chief editor Joseph Samaha says:
Bush is coming to the meeting from his political ruins. Maliki, from his security ruins. The US debate: Is it a civil war or not? Academic research does not change anything, in fact, Bush ideas will, probably; increase the difficulty of the situation.
Bush does see what others don’t see.The emerging of democracies in the Middle East and terrorist attacks are trying, in vain, to destroy it.
We do not know where Bush gets this capacity of denial. If we have the political and strategic calculations aside and we try to engage in psychological analysis of this man then we have to use Justin A. Frank book:
Tahir Al-Adwan from Alarab Alyoum is more optimistic he says:
Finally, the change in the American approach would happen sooner or later. the fact that Amman provided the opportunity for Bush to reread the reality and abandon the ideological delusions and the impossible victories.
Iraqi writer Sayar Al-Jamil sets a question mark:
It seems that the Iraqi and American sides each leader sings different tunes.
Iraqi president visited Iran to listen to the Iranian President criticizing the American administration, without any comment.
I do not know how to explain President Talabani asking the Americans to keep their forces in Iraq and hear the Iranian president calls America to withdraw out of Iraq, while Maliki asking for US support.
The United States would pursue a new behavior after their defeat in Iraq. American President, who still chanting wishes and slogans, which are too far from the bloody reality in Iraq.