"Among those proscribed are top Sunni leaders, including the serving defense minister and the head of a major political bloc. If the bans stand, an election that looked as though it would be one of the most free in the history of the Arab world would be badly degraded. At worst, the sectarian warfare that nearly tore Iraq apart could reignite.
There's not much clarity about who is behind the nasty maneuver — but one protagonist appears to be Ahmad Chalabi, the notorious former exile leader and master of political manipulation. Now regarded as an Iranian agent by most U.S. officials, Mr. Chalabi, along with his associates, served Tehran's interests as well as his own by banning the Sunni leaders. Several of those blacklisted had recently joined cross-sectarian secular alliances that are challenging the Shiite coalition of which Mr. Chalabi is a part, as well as the list headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Over the weekend, Mr. Maliki appeared to endorse the disqualifications — a step that would nullify his previous support for progressive electoral reforms." Washpost
I said many years ago on "Nightline" that Chalabi was the "worst fraud ever perpetrated on the American people." "An Iranian agent…" No! Surely not that!
The Post, once again, does not have a clue. The United States did nothing in Iraq but wreck the country, pour a lot of money in to "re-build," (god knows where that went)and re-stack the ethno-religious political players so that the Shia set are on top. It should not be surprising that those Shia players intend to stay on top in the game and are willing to ignore Western notions of Democracy in order to do so. A similar outcome awaits in Afghanistan, Yemen or any other place in which we blunder about babbling about nation-states and democracy. Americans are clearly not "cynical" enough to deal with oriental politics.
In Iraq, the long game is approaching an end point sastisfactory to Iran and its various Shia associates.
The extent to which clever people like the AEIers were duped in all this would be amusing if it were not for… pl