Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Withering Heights

Iraq's elected Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, didn't take to kindly to the recent attacks leveled by Senator Carl Levin and President Bush himself. He took the time to remind the relevant parties that there are other suitors on the dance card:

"No one has the right to place timetables on the Iraq government. It was elected by its people," he said at a news conference in Damascus at the end of the three-day visit to Syria.

"Those who make such statements are bothered by our visit to Syria. We will pay no attention. We care for our people and our constitution and can find friends elsewhere," al-Maliki said. [emphasis added]

Maliki, you could say, has prospects. I hope Bush isn't the jealous type, though, because love has blinded him to the obvious concerning Maliki's (and the Shiite political leadership's) long dalliance with Iran. One can imagine the broken heart Bush will suffer when he realizes that his might be an unrequited affection - and that the hand he seeks is dipping into other pockets.

Bush needs to realize, at the very least, that Maliki's ardor is not the unconditional variety that he so craves. Not that the others in the pool of potential partners are any more promising for our tragic hero.

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