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Kerry Strikes Out in Iraq, Egypt

Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Iraq Monday to plead for a national unity government. On Wednesday, we had our answer: no dice. As The Hill reports:

“The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process,” al-Maliki said in a televised address, according to Agence France-Presse.

“The dangerous goals of forming a national emergency government are not hidden,” he added. “It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters.”

Translation: “No, I will not step down, and no, I will not include more Sunnis.” Mr. Maliki evidently feels that his options, which include turning to Iran, are good enough for him to reject American help that he had just begged for.

Likewise, Kerry’s stopover Egypt on Sunday was also followed by a brush-off. The Secretary had asked the Egypt to stop abusing human rights, while he pledged to deliver financial aid and Apache helicopters that the Egyptian military had asked for. On Monday, an Egyptian court sentenced three foreign journalists to prison in a high-profile case, and the President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, declined to intervene, saying only, “We will not interfere in judicial rulings.”

These are not freak occurrences: rather, they are the fruits of a very deliberate Administration policy. The U.S. was to take a step back, rest awhile, and let regional powers such as Saudi Arabia take the helm. Now that the Middle East is in turmoil, and countries look to Ankara, Riyadh, and even Tehran for guidance while brushing aside Washington’s demands, we act surprised. Why should we be?

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  • Boritz

    You remember that fraternity initiation scene in Animal House where Kevin Bacon is being spanked and with each slap of the paddle says “Thank you sir! May I have another?”

    • Andrew Allison

      Did you mean to end your comment with a question mark? In a competent Administration Kerry would never have gone to bat, in a semi-competent one he would have been struck out long ago. How much more jet-fuel is going to be wasted on this utter incompetent, not to mention his golfing boss?

      • Breif2

        I was planning on adapting “There is no joy in Mudville – mighty Casey has struck out”, but the very phrase “Mighty Kerry” provoked a giggling fit.

  • gabrielsyme

    The U.S. was to take a step back, rest awhile, and let regional powers such as Saudi Arabia take the helm.

    A remarkably foolish policy; the Near East suffers from a notable deficit of governments that are even remotely sympathetic to Western interests or values. Israel is obviously restricted from acting as a leader in the region, and the relative outposts of sanity found in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco and Oman are notable for their lack of power and wealth compared to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Of course, the Obama Administration did not even try to increase Jordanian influence in the region, preferring to lean on the Wahhabi leadership of Saudi Arabia.

    The Obama Administration continues to demonstrate an impressive ability to alight on a bad policy (disengagement & reliance on regional powers) and then make it far worse through its choices in execution (supporting Saudi leadership in the region).

  • Bruce

    These leftists got what they wanted. A weaker U.S. Why they have such a tin ear as to continually put themselves in a position to be humiliated is quite a mystery. I can understand them wanting to drag down the U.S. They are hard left and don’t like capitalism and freedom. It’s just incomprehensible that these people don’t know they are being exposed as hapless each time they stick their nose in something. Dragging the U.S. down is the plan. Being hapless for the whole world to see wouldn’t seem to be part of it.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    It’s hard to imagine a more incompetent Secretary of State than Hillary Clinton, but John Kerry is clearly more incompetent.

    • gabrielsyme

      Well, to be fair, nobody would look good while trying to deal with the disasters left by Obama & Clinton’s failed policies.

  • BobSykes

    If the US manages to remove Maliki, it will have staged two coup d’etats to remove elected Presidents in half a year. Might the US military consider a coup of their own?

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