In the last posts, we were discussing "Time Running out" for the Bush administration's public support in Iraq and a recent coup attempt in Pakistan. Now comes word of both time running out and a possible coup in the works for Iraq. Writing in the Asia Times, Richard Dreyfuss reports of rumors "from Washington, London and Baghdad and other capitals that "Maliki's government will soon be overthrown by a nationalist general or colonel or that he will resign in favor of an emergency "government of national salvation"." He writes that although Allawi has denied any coup in the works, its definitely being discussed in Washington.
Dreyfuss says that a desperate Washington blessed coup designed to install a secular Iraqi government, "stabilize the country, put down the resistance, and create a secure environment for Bush's "victory" strategy in Iraq - even though that victory would have nothing to do with democracy" would give the Bush adminstration a fig leaf for a graceful withdrawal and leave behind a Saddam like strongman.
Dreyfuss ends his piece with:
But like all too-clever-by-half strategies, this one would probably make things not better but a lot worse in a country that has already been torn to shreds by the US invasion and occupation.
The Asia Times hammers the "Time Running Out" theme with two companion pieces discussing the politics of the imminent US withdrawal and the the dismal failure of Nuri al-Maliki.
Read them all with a grain of salt.