The neo-cons and many others who thought America was fighting for Israeli interests in Iraq may be shocked to learn that our ally in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, believes that “Zionists and Israel are the biggest beneficiaries” of the Arab revolutions, “waiting for the Arab countries to be ripped and is waiting for internal corrosion. “We must take notice and be careful not to be the prey of the ambitions of the usurping country,” he concluded. (New York Times, August 18, 2011)
Maliki’s remarks came in a speech to Arab leaders apparently defending Syria against the current wave of demonstrations there.
It is definite proof of Shiite Iraq’s alliance with Iran, the American and Israeli governments’ strategic enemy in the region.
Maliki’s remarks should give pause to those in Washington pushing to continue an American military presence in Iraq after the December 31 deadline set forth in the 2008 U.S.-Iraq withdrawal pact. The opposition in Congress has been led by Representatives Barbara Lee and Walter Jones who sent a letter signed by 93 members to President Obama on July 27.
Now the U.S. is under pressure from Saudi Arabia to maintain American troops in Iraq after the December deadline. Saudi Arabia is not only a strategic oil supplier but the base of Sunni interests in the Middle East. Why the U.S. installed a Shiite ally of Iran in Baghdad, and now is considering leaving a military base in Iraq as a pro-Saudi counterweight to Iran is a question “the best and brightest” foreign policy establishment has not discussed.