Obama, Iraqi PM Discuss Future of US-Iraq Relations

Monday, December 12, 2011

A vendor sells Iraq postcards on December 9, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is transitioning nearly nine years after the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/Getty)

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki will meet with President Obama at the White House on Monday to discuss the future of the relationship between the two nations. With the upcoming withdrawal of American troops from Iraq after nearly nine years on December 31, the two nations have pledged to remain close. What that means remains to be seen, as questions persist over Iran's influence in the region as well as the stability of Iraq's government.

Saad Yussuf al-Mutalabi, is a former adviser to al-Maliki, and discusses what he sees as the "next chapter" for the U.S. and Iraq.

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Saad Yussuf al-Mutalabi

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Sounds like Iraq has the same attitude as France after World War II about the "mess" the Americans left in those liberated countries after the war.
Better for the USA and the world to have pompous fools in a democratic France and Iraq than fascist criminals like the Vichy or Baathists.

Dec. 12 2011 02:16 PM
Nikos Retsos from Illinois, USA

The "Next Chapter" between the U.S. and Iraq is about their messy divorce - not about future relations. Iraq is still occupied, and the U.S tries to keep Iraq under its sphere of influence on the pretext that it faces a danger from Iran. Iraqis however, like all Arabs, don't see Iran as a threat. If anything, they despise the U.S. as they despise Israel. Iraqis want the U.S. to get the hell out of their country ASAP - as also do the Afghans and Pakistanis.

What Obama and Maliki would discuss then? The size of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. The U.S. wants a mammoth sprawled and walled compound that will function like a state within a state in Iraq, while Iraq wants a regular U.S. embassy. In short, they will discuss "SIZE," and "JURISDICTION!" The U.S. army was forced to leave because Iraq could not extend the "immunity" of U.S. forces. The U.S. then devised an insidious plan to keep a large U.S.force in Iraq inside a large walled enclave, but classify them as diplomatic services and personnel that under diplomatic protocol would have immunity from prosecution! And that large force would be used exclusively to spy on Iran and fund or buy the elections of pro-U.S. Iraqi politicians. In short, the U.S. wants a reduced force U.S. occupation of Iraq re-classified as a diplomatic mission!

The "Next Chapter" is about a divorce settlement, with Iraq being the battered wife in a forced marriage who strives to kick her abusive and gunslinger husband -the U.S.- out of the house! Nikos Retsos, retired professor


Dec. 12 2011 10:02 AM

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