9-9-2012 TrinityeXchange : I'm so glad for our study on the strategic framework agreement. It has really solidified for us in detail Iraq's obligation both to the United States, as well as to the international community of which it is working to become a full fledged member.
I don't believe that the United States has to publicly deal with Maliki at this time. They have already let him know that they have found him in violation of the SFA as well as transgressions against the international community. He has become a threat to both the democracy of Iraq and the rule of non-interference in a sovereign nation's internal affairs (Syria).
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What is worse is that they have him for aiding and abetting iran, a nation place on sanctions by the international community. You couldn't write a better novel on this than what we are seeing right now, incredible stuff.
Maliki has underestimated the power of american intelligence and al-obeidi's escape to the states was most likely never expected. with al-obeidi, Iraq's former defense minister and now Maliki's defense advisor, providing intel to the United States, Maliki has no secrets or places to hide.
In my opinion al-obeidi, for the love of his nation, had to do something to prevent this dictator who was putting iraq in a position to go down in flames.
maliki was playing a stupid and dangerous game. you can't have cake and eat it too. You can't sign contracts and violate those agreements without repercussions.
if Iraq was to come under the same sanctions Iran is under, that country already living in extreme poverty with nothing but oil to export, would be devastated.
They would literally fall back into the stone age. It is extreme stupidity to play that game and al-obeidi said "you fool, not on my watch!"
There is a lot Mr. Ventrell said in that interview without actually saying. I know how to read between the lines. They really don't want this public but prefer to deal with it privately for now.
If they bring it all public, the outcry against Iraq will become grave and it will certainly delay any type of economic expectations we investors are looking forward too. There are a lot of people interested in seeing Iraq re-emerge, us included.
I am glad to see how the United States is dealing with this. Let Maliki know that if he doesn't play ball and allow this government to enter into democracy, his goose is cooked.
So, let's just say that Maliki is now extremely motivated to get Iraq to the place we've all been expecting. The squeeze is on and leverage is pressuring this guy to act right and act fast.
I love it. be blessed my friends.