Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

An Embarrassing Visit
Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2010 | Linda Chavez

Posted on 11/01/2013 1:30:50 PM PDT by Kaslin

The White House welcome of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki this week couldn't come at a more awkward time for President Obama, whose fecklessness in foreign affairs will be his most enduring legacy. He has managed to insult our most important allies again and again -- and not just in the most recent cellphone-listening scandal involving German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others. At the same time, Obama has shown weakness to our enemies. But the Maliki visit is in a category all its own.

Iraq is wracked by sectarian violence that is killing more than a thousand Iraqis a month. The level of overall bloodshed in Iraq has given cover to the Obama administration to ignore a deadly attack in which the Maliki government was, at the very least, complicit.

On September 1, death squads invaded a compound that housed Iranian refugees and summarily executed 52 individuals. The 46 men and six women -- most were shot in the head, some while handcuffed -- had been given repeated promises of protection by the U.S. government. In 2003, the U.S. gave written personal guarantees to every member of the group, the Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK), in return for their relinquishing all arms. But when U.S. troops left in 2009 and turned over responsibility for protecting its residents to the Iraqis, Camp Ashraf and its successor Camp Hurriya, where most of the residents were later forced to move, came under repeated attacks. Since 2009, five separate attacks on the two camps have killed 112 residents and injured hundreds more.

But the September 1 attack was the most brazen. According to an independent investigation into the incident by German human rights organization Rights for Migrants, a group of about 120 uniformed men carrying AK-47s came into the camp, which is surrounded by more than a thousand Iraqi military troops and police. From there, the assassins went door to door rounding up residents and destroying millions of dollars in property. They also took seven people, including six women, hostage; they are still being held, likely in Iraq.

The U.S. has refused to hold the Maliki government accountable for this blatant assault on human rights, which could not have occurred without official Iraqi complicity. Instead of demanding the release of the hostages and a full independent investigation of the attack, state department officials repeatedly have said there was "no credible information to date that the Iraqi government was in any way involved." But a report by human rights lawyer Jared Genser found otherwise. After interviewing survivors and reviewing video footage of the attack, Genser and his co-authors write, "The evidence and the applicable law indicate that the government of Iraq is responsible."

The Obama administration's silence on the issue is consistent with its embarrassing overall record on human rights. The president never has made the protection of human rights a priority, but his invitation to Maliki in the face of this shameful incident is especially egregious. Dozens of members of Congress agree. Forty-five House members, Democrats and Republicans, have written the president asking that no further shipment of arms be sent to the Maliki government until it works to obtain the release of the hostages and takes "clear and verifiable steps to protect the remaining residents of Camp Hurriya." In addition, six senators, including the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have written Obama to demand greater protection for the residents from the Maliki government.

At a time when there is little bipartisan agreement on anything, these concerns voiced by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers ought to elicit some response from the White House. The president has hosted other foreign leaders with blood on their hands -- but never before when the victims held personal guarantees for their safety from the U.S. government. Nothing much embarrasses President Obama. But this surely should.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: humanrights; iran; iraq; jordan; kurdistan; nourimaliki; syria

1 posted on 11/01/2013 1:30:50 PM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Tell him “Sorry, you had your chance” and show him the door. Please.


2 posted on 11/01/2013 1:32:43 PM PDT by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

>> The Obama administration’s silence on the issue is consistent with its embarrassing overall record on human rights.

Well, did anyone tell Obama about the human rights violations? C’mon, how the Hell is he supposed to address these issues if he’s not aware? Jeez...


3 posted on 11/01/2013 1:36:37 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ataDude

That’s a foolish attitude.


4 posted on 11/01/2013 1:37:11 PM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
In 2003, the U.S. gave written personal guarantees to every member of the group, the Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK), in return for their relinquishing all arms.

Note to self: Never give up your arms -- no matter what the form of the guarantee.

5 posted on 11/01/2013 1:40:18 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ataDude
"Iraq is wracked by sectarian violence that is killing more than a thousand Iraqis a month." None of our business, period!!
6 posted on 11/01/2013 1:40:23 PM PDT by SIRTRIS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: El Cid

Our government is incapable of ever telling the truth about anything and this promise is no different than all of their other lies.


7 posted on 11/01/2013 1:42:00 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SIRTRIS

Obama owns this failure. It was doing just fine until he pulled the rug out from under this guy.


8 posted on 11/01/2013 1:42:29 PM PDT by refermech
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Gene Eric

“Well, did anyone tell Obama about the human rights violations? C’mon, how the Hell is he supposed to address these issues if he’s not aware? Jeez...”

If Obama is to get a state visit from somebody and hasn’t been fully briefed on all aspects of what’s going on then it’s time to fire his chief of staff, his foreign affairs people, his CIA and other intelligence staff interfaces and a handful of military intelligence people. There are lots of people who have visibility to his schedule and it’s their job to make sure he’s briefed on everything.

If he’s not briefed because he’s skipping the briefings then it’s dime to fire Obama. (He has apparently skipped many briefings.)


9 posted on 11/01/2013 1:42:45 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

The iraqis forced us out... refused us bases and refused to allow us to keep SpecOps operating. Tell them to go ask uncle mullah in iran for help. They are financing al qaeda so anchors away. No more American blood should be spilled for iraqis... they are not our friends or allies and never will be.


10 posted on 11/01/2013 1:44:10 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Sorry, but my give-a-damner is broke.

I just can’t force myself to care about what happens to Iranians in Iraq. Or Iraq itself for that matter.


11 posted on 11/01/2013 1:45:01 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: refermech

He sure does own it


12 posted on 11/01/2013 1:50:03 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I’m thinking sooner or later a light will be turned on to a few semi-intelligent civil servants(democrats) of Obama’s Puzzle Palace(Whitehouse) & SING something is terribly wrong with the whole dang administration. It’s got to look like a hen house with chickens running around with their heads cut off! One disaster after another.


13 posted on 11/01/2013 1:51:55 PM PDT by SIRTRIS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Obama is evil and stupid. It’s a really bad combination.


14 posted on 11/01/2013 2:03:59 PM PDT by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: clee1
Iran surfaced a chant-mob in the United States this week to denounce both al-Maliki and Obama, for opposing the peaceful and saintly mullahs.

They used to do that in the 70's, too.

15 posted on 11/01/2013 2:46:36 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Gene Eric
Well, did anyone tell Obama about the human rights violations?

If someone did tell him, how would we be able to tell?

Or was there supposed to be an </s> in there somewhere?

16 posted on 11/01/2013 2:50:10 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: eCSMaster
Like hell it is. They (meaning the govt of Iraq) wanted us to leave before they were ready to take over. It was relatively peaceful over there before we left.

They wanted to play grab-ass with the SOFA. Well, we left. You want to play in a big boy world? Well, there's big boy rules and big boy consequences. So, if they're having all these problems, TFB.

17 posted on 11/01/2013 2:57:11 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Kaslin.

President Obama and Iraqi PM al Maliki hold talks
TheWorldVideoNews | Nov 1 , 2013 | TheWorldVideoNews
Posted on 11/01/2013 3:31:33 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3086565/posts


18 posted on 11/01/2013 4:50:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: eCSMaster

Why? We offered to leave troops and equipment including SpecOps. They (the Iraqis) refused our Status of Forces agreement.

THEY (the Iraqis) SAID GET OUT... not us.


19 posted on 11/01/2013 5:03:41 PM PDT by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: ataDude
So now they are having a change of heart. That's a good thing.

We are foolish to give up an opportunity to re-establish our bases there. Iraq is between Syria and Iran.

I am positive that our troops developed some good relationships with the Iraqi people. We are foolish to let those relationships fizzle out.

We can act petulant, but that won't do us any good.

20 posted on 11/02/2013 1:35:06 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson