"Iran's links with Maliki are so close, said this Iraqi intelligence source, that the prime minister uses an Iranian jet with an Iranian crew for his official travel. The Iranians are said to have sent Maliki an offer to help his Dawa Party win at least 49 seats in January's parliamentary elections if Maliki will make changes in his government that Iran wants.
As security unravels in Iraq, U.S. forces there are mostly bystanders. Even in the areas where al-Qaeda operatives remain potent, such as Mosul, the Americans have little control. Sunni terrorists who are arrested are quickly released by the Iraqis in exchange for bribes of up to $100,000, according to an Iraqi source.
Should the Americans try to restore order? The top Iraqi intelligence source answered sadly that it was probably wiser to "stay out of it and be safe." When pressed about what his country would look like in five years, absent American help, he answered bluntly: "Iraq will be a colony of Iran." " Ignatius
Now, let's see… The United States insisted on country wide elections on the basis of "one man, one vote." Iraq's Arab Shia are a majority. The elections yielded governments that were dominated by Shia with lifetime records as religiously focused politicians. There were other Shia politicians in the elections who were essentially secular nationalists. The United States favored them and hoped for their election. Many people in the US smugly expected that these secularists would be elected with a little help from their friends. They were wrong. The secularists were badly defeated. The Shia voted for the religious (dare I say Islamist?) politicians. Al-Maliki has a lifelong record of Islamist activity and friendly relations with Iran.
Islam teaches that life is a "seamless garment." For pious Muslims a separation of religious and political concerns is an unacceptable and alien Western notion. In spite of all the pre-war nonsense about how secularized and "modern" Iraqis are, many Iraqis are quite traditional in their thinking. They voted in accordance with their true beliefs. The result is a government that feels a close affinity to the theocracy in Iran. That does not mean that they are looking to see some sort of union between the two countries or that they want to see Iranian soldiers in Iraq.
The existence of this kind of government is a direct result of American policy in Iraq. We made this bed, now we must lie in it, at least until we are gone.
Ignatius claims that he could not see this coming? pl