First among the American concerns is a Shiite-led government that has been so dogmatic in its attitude that the Americans worry that they will be frustrated in their aim of cracking down equally on Shiite and Sunni extremists, a strategy President Bush has declared central to the plan.
“We are implementing a strategy to embolden a government that is actually part of the problem,” said an American military official in Baghdad involved in talks over the plan. “We are being played like a pawn.” John Burns
Here you have it… No matter how much Bush/Cheney would like to think so, Maliki is not George Washington. If Washington had acted like this, Virginia would have had half a dozen senators, not just two.
No. Maliki is trying to "play" Bush/Cheney as long as he can. after that he will move on and hope to join his old foe, Allawi, in exile, a fur-lined exile, but, nevertheless..
I understand that the vice president Adil Abd al-Mahdi is warming up in the "bull pen" for his turn on the mound. That change of faces will keep Bush/Cheney in play for a few months while they contemplate the evidence that they will then have handed the reins to an Iranian surrogate. Of course, Al-Mahdi will probably be quite willing to have Odierno "take out" the Mahdi Army.
One finds "progress" where one can. (irony) pl