Friday, October 1, 2010

Shi'ite Alliance to Nominate Maliki (uh, oh)

So reports the NY Times.  If they can pull this off, one would surmise that the Iranians just ensured for themselves a major voice in Iraq's affairs; that the largely Sunni/secular Iraqiya party will be forced into opposition or else a very minor role in the government; and that al-Qaeda in Iraq has just been given a great recruiting tool, especially among marginalized, disaffected, and persecuted former members of the Sunni Awakening.

And one also wonders what kind of deal the Shiite alliance had to make (or will have to make) with the Kurds to keep them on board.(For more, check out Reidar Visser's always excellent commentary.)

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