Skip to comments.Iraqi official: ‘Corruption has crippled Iraq’ (Final media push before report)
Posted on 09/08/2007 10:15:06 AM PDT by tobyhill
U.S. officials say the battle to clean up Iraq's government has suffered a "serious blow" with the resignation of the nation's top corruption fighter. The former watchdog, Judge Radhi Al Radhi, tells NBC News that Iraq's current government, headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, is riddled with so much corruption that the U.S. must stop supporting it. Rahdi is now in the United States, and his departure from the Iraqi government comes just as the U.S. prepares for a key report from Gen. David Petraeus about the military "surge" in Iraq.
Until last week, Rahdi headed the Iraqi government department responsible for rooting out graft and fraud in Iraq's young government. It is called the Commission on Public Integrity, or CPI. It refers its investigations into corrupt officials to Iraqi courts for prosecution.
But Rahdi recently resigned, and he says that was because of numerous threats on his life by corrupt Iraqi officials. "They have militias," he says, "and they attacked my neighborhood with missiles and these missiles fell very close to my house." If he returns to Iraq under current circumstances he believes he'll be killed.
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Lie, lies, lies and more lies!!!
How much did George Soros pay him for this?
Corruption has crippled our gummit, so what. Take a look at Corrupt Harry, Do Nothing Nancy, Box-a-Rox and the clintons if you want to see some Graft.
Pray for W and Our Troops
The Sunday talk shows will be full of the exaggerated crap and of course funded by the Code Pinks.
Someones funding the idiot.
Corruption in an Arab-run government.
Who’d a thunk it.
Remember folks, we are dealing with a society in which NOT offering a bribe to an official (it’s called “Baksheesh”) you want to do business with, even if not accepted, is considered insulting...
Lol! You could say the same when Saddam was in power.
Iraq's current government, headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, is riddled with so much corruption that the U.S. must stop supporting it.That is democracy, pal!
Sorry it’s not Filet Mignon.
No joke. I'm sure this will be parroted every hour on radio and television news, as well discussed in that "oh so serious" tone used by NPR.
Corruption in Iraq? They must have Chinese citizens bundling money to politicians. Perhaps they have Mexican trucks pouring over the border, carrying who knows what, and probably carrying tons and tons of contaminated Chinese products.
Hey - how can you even say that? Saddam was a pure as the wind driven snow!
This proves our efforts in Iraq are a raging success: they're just like us now!
That’s right, all they did under Saddamn was fly kites and sing Koombaya. Michael Mooreon said so.
PRay for W and Our Troops
I live here in Jersey. What’s this guys problem?
The “officials” of the Iraqi government are not the primary focus of our long-term support for Democracy in Iraq - they are transient historical figures.
The focus of our long-term support is the democratic institutions of Iraq and the continued democratic process for altering the course of those institutions - not any particular present or future leaders.
As long as that is what we secure for the Iraqi people, they will have the ability to get rid of corrupt leaders.
It is not up to the U.S. media, or congress to throw the Iraqi people overboard every time we are unhappy with their elected leaders.
If that was legitimate to the basis of our “support” in Iraq, then in similar circumstances - Japan, Germany, South Korea, our assistance to their infant democracies would not have lasted 24 months.
We have given the Iraqi people the means, now we are securing that means. The political clean-up is their job, not ours.
Oh, and he just happens to resign and show up in the USA just in time for this big week of the Petraeus testimony and political struggle over future US policy and funding.
Mere coincidence!! Yeah, right. I’d bet anything that Soros and/or similar ‘Rats are behind this. Who’s funding him? Follow the money!
You are so incredibly wrong about this. Trust me. Radhi’s one of the good (less bad) guys.
I’m not questioning whether he’s a sincere and honest fighter against corruption - I am questioning whether having him show up in the USA just before Sept. 15 to urge withdrawal of US support for the Iraqi government is the way to move forward successfully in any area (except what serves the interests of Iran and Syria). He is quite analogous to the people who urged JFK’s admin. to withdraw support for Diem (which led directly to his assassination and to the downward spiral of the situation in Vietnam). The answer to charges of corruption, no matter how well justified, is not always to blow up a government that is barely holding the country together.
I believe he is an honest but naive man who is probably being used by Soros or allies of Soros to join in the ‘Rat campaign against current policy. Look, if we can carry on the ‘surge’ long enough to achieve a decent measure of stability and security, then there is at least a ray of hope that progress can be made on other fronts such as reforming the Iraqi government and fighting corruption. But no government in history has ever been ‘improved’ by a collapse into all-out civil war, which is what our Demagogues are pushing for. I do not accept the proposition that the situation in Iraq must get much much worse before it can get better, which is the only course open to people pushing against Petraeus. This guy may be a good anti-corruption fighter but that does not mean he is not now a naive tool of the Demagogues.