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Effort to Bring Down Maliki Government Gaining Momentum

CBS News is reporting that a no confidence vote could be looming for the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki:

For four years, Iraqis have been waiting in lines at gas stations in Baghdad, waiting for their lives to get better. But, as CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan reports, the situation has gotten worse and their government is now in crisis.

That has led senior Iraqi leaders to demand drastic change. CBS News has learned that on July 15, they plan to ask for a no-confidence vote in the Iraqi parliament as the first step to bringing down the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Even those closest to the Iraqi prime minister, from his own party, admit the political situation is desperate.

This news is yet another body blow to George W Bush's faltering efforts to persuade the American people to continue sacrificing the war in Iraq. To make matters worse it appears that Vice President Dick Cheney is involved in the effort to bring down Maliki:

Iraq's prime minister is facing his most serious challenge yet. The no-confidence vote will be requested by the largest block of Sunni politicians, who are part of a broad political alliance called the Iraq Project. What they want is a new government run by ministers who are appointed for their expertise, not their party loyalty.

The Iraq Project is known to the highest levels of the U.S. government. CBS News has learned it was discussed in detail on Vice President Dick Cheney's most recent visit to Baghdad, when he met with the Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi.

Seriously folks, you can make this stuff up. The last time the administration meddled in Iraqi politics in this manner they managed to have former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari brushed aside in favor of Maliki. We all know how well that has turned out. I predict a similar disaster will occur with whatever Cheney is trying to engineer now. One thing is for certain: Cheney and his neoconservatives in the administration have been way, way over their heads since this whole debacle began. They do not possess the skills, knowledge, professionalism or diplomacy that is required to be successful at nationbuilding in Iraq.

It's time to pull the plug.


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