Skip to comments.Iraqi Election Fear: ‘No One Is Safe Anymore’ (Allawi interview)
Posted on 04/29/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai
(Ayad) Allawi, the son of a Shiite businessman, joined the nationalist Baath party when he was a medical student, but in the 1970s, became an opponent of Saddam, who had already begun using brutal methods to steer the country. Today, 11 years after Saddams fall, violence, corruption and abuses of power still dominate daily life in Baghdad. Allawi blames Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for this chaos. [ ]
I have nothing against the Iranian leadership. In fact, I accommodated it often enough during my time as premier. But I am no proponent of a theocracy. I am a secularist. I wanted an independent Iraqi government, not a lackey of Tehran. [ ]
Washington fears Tehran and its interventions. I believe that the US calculation was that if I came into power against Irans will, Tehran would plunge Iraq into even greater chaos. Keeping me from coming into power was apparently the lesser evil. I call that intervening in Iraqs internal affairs.
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Lucky the United States expended all that money and blood getting rid of Saddam, or they’d really be hurting over there.
And Obama refused to negotiate an expired Status of Forces agreement with them.
Nothing like letting them ratify a Sharia constitution right afterwards, too.