Update: A Sunni member of Parliament has decided to join the insurgency. Abdul Nasser al-Janabi said: "We should withdraw and work against this project. We should work so that Iraq wouldn't be sold to the foreigners and neighboring countries."
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki is attacking our troops because of a terrorist-hunting raid yesterday in Sadr City that left 26 Iraqis dead:
"The Iraqi government totally rejects US military operations ... conducted without prior approval from the Iraqi military command," Al Maliki said in a statement concerning the Sadr City raid. "Anyone who breaches the military command orders will face investigation."
So the Iraqi military command should be giving orders to the US military in Iraq? And our troops should be investigated for pursuing Moqtada al-Sadr's terrorist thugs in Sadr City? Is it any wonder that 66% of the American people want to begin withdrawing troops now?
Leaders in Maliki's government are also outrageously accusing our troops of inflicting "collective punishment" on the people of Baquba:
The Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni political faction in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's cabinet, published a statement on Sunday alleging that more than 350 people have been killed by a US military operation in Baquba to hunt down al-Qaeda-affiliated members.
They termed the operations 'collective punishment' in Baquba, the capital of Diyala province which lies 57 kilometres north-east of Baghdad. "Neighbourhoods in western Baquba have witnessed, since last week, fierce attacks by occupation forces within Operation Arrowhead Ripper," the party said in a statement received by the independent news agency Voices of Iraq.
"The forces shelled these neighbourhoods with helicopters, destroying more than 150 houses and killing more than 350 citizens, their bodies still under wreckage, in addition to arresting scores of citizens," the statement added.
Mind you, these aren't insurgent groups making these outlandish claims, but members of the Maliki government!
It gets worse. While the Maliki government is busying attacking our heroes, his government is falling apart at the seams:
Iraq's main Sunni Arab bloc has said it will boycott government meetings because of legal steps being taken against one of its ministers.
The Sunnis are also reported to be boycotting the parliament. This news comes after the April walkout of six Cabinet ministers loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr. And then two weeks ago, the 30-member Sadrist bloc announced they would boycott parliament until the government comes up with a plan to rebuild a Shiite shrine in Samarra devastated by bombs.
Arab newspapers say that the Maliki government is on life support:
The Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper declared that "if the 'national reconciliation plan' ... was premised on the assimilation of Sunni Arabs into the Iraqi constitutional institutions, (the reconciliation plan) is now in need of an obituary."
When do we say enough is enough? We can't want a stable, prosperous and democratic Iraq more than they want it themselves. The motley group of backstabbing and self-serving politicians that are in charge of Iraq right now are not going to change their ways no matter how much breathing room the surge gives them. We don't need to wait until September to declare that the Iraqi government has failed to get their act together. The time for a change of course is now.
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