Al-Maliki support eroding in Iraq
BAGHDAD — A broad range of prominent Iraqi lawmakers say they have lost confidence in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's ability to reconcile the country's warring factions. A leading Kurdish lawmaker said al-Maliki should resign.Of course the problem is there are no alternatives if he does resign. As Cernig at NewsHoggers points out one of things Malaki couldn't do was stop the wall the Americans are building and is universally disliked by the Iraqis.
Legislators from several parties told USA TODAY that al-Maliki lacks the support in parliament to push through laws, such as a plan to distribute oil revenues, that could reduce tensions between Sunnis and Shiites. Iraq's parliament has failed to pass major legislation since a U.S.-led security plan began on Feb. 14.
"He is a weak prime minister," said Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish legislator who supported al-Maliki until recently. "This government hasn't delivered and is not capable of doing the job. They should resign."
Today, according to "Roads To Iraq" blog, the Iraqi newspapers are saying Maliki has u-turned on the wall and that construction will indeed continue. Both Sunnis in general and nationalists of all stripes will see this, if true, as a massive betrayal of themselves and their nation's sovereignty.
I predict that if the wall doesn't come down, Maliki's government will - unless it is propped up at US gunpoint, of course. If Iraq is allowed to have its own political process Maliki's colaition will be replaced by one which wants the US out at the earliest opportunity and which will not be at all friendly to US national interests.