Bush is telling the Iraqis who to appoint prime minister rather than let them work it out for themselves. Given the consequences of our ambassador's interference the Iraqis mention, it's hard to imagine them doing a worse job on their own.
It is also worth mentioning that the death squads ambassador is worrying about were recommended by Donald Rumsfeld as the "Salvador Option," referring to the death squads in El Salvador in the 80s that the Reagan administration didn't acknowledge were US backed at the time.
The Bush administration saying they are trying to spread democracy is like a child molester dressing up like Santa Claus. Then when kids report him to the police (in this case Democrats and the press), they scratch their heads and wonder why kids don't like Santa anymore, and if today's kids are really equipped to deal with Santa instead going to arrest the molester.
They want to control the oil and a base to seize or intimidate other oil countries. Everything else is just the Santa suit and if we talk about how kids react to Santa, it's like putting more kids on his lap then wondering why the come home crying, bleeding, and scarred for life.
The New York Times
March 28, 2006
Shiites Say U.S. Is Pressuring Iraqi Leader to Step Aside
By EDWARD WONG
Ambassador Khalilzad said that President Bush "doesn't want, doesn't support, doesn't accept" Mr. Jaafari to be the next prime minister, according to Mr. Taki, an aide to Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Shiite bloc. It was the first "clear and direct message" from the Americans on the issue of the nominee for prime minister, Mr. Taki said. A spokeswoman for the American embassy declined to comment directly on what Ambassador Khalilzad discussed in his meeting on Saturday, though she confirmed the ambassador did see Mr. Hakim.
A spokesman for Mr. Jaafari said the prime minister had heard of the message through officials in his party, and accused the Americans of trying to subvert Iraqi sovereignty and weaken the Shiite ranks.
"How can they do this?" said Haider al-Ubady, the spokesman. "An ambassador telling a sovereign country what to do is unacceptable."
"The perception is very strong among certain Shia parties that the U.S., led by Khalilzad, is trying to unseat Jaafari," he added.
In recent months, Ambassador Khalilzad has championed Sunni Arab inclusion in the next government while criticizing the way the Shiites have run some parts of the current government, especially the security forces. As bodies pile up in the streets, perhaps the work of uniformed death squads, the ambassador has forcefully demanded that the Shiites disband their militias, especially the Mahdi Army, run by Mr. Sadr. That has caused friction between the Shiites and the Americans.
Last month, Mr. Hakim said the ambassador's anti-Shiite stand had contributed to the insurgent bombing of the golden-domed Askariya Shrine in Samarra, which houses the tombs of two Shiite imams.
Mr. Ubady, the prime minister's spokesman, said "it's been seen by the Shia that the post" of American ambassador, "which is now being held by Zalmay Khalilzad, is helping terrorists."
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