Iraq's leaders are blaming politics for the violence that has overtaken their country. They mean Iraqi politics. But, it was American politics that started this war in the first place. It was the George Bush/Karl Rove brand of fear politics and their willingness to exploit 9/11 that pushed for this debacle. And, it has been the failure of America's Republican politicians to take the actions necessary over the past 3 1/2 years to quell the violence. The GOP let partisan politics prevent them from challenging and questioning the way the war was being directed. Their politics -- and their political leadership -- are responsible for this disaster:
“These actions are at most the reflection of political backgrounds and wills and sometimes the reflection of dogmatic, perverted backgrounds and wills,” Mr. Maliki said at a news conference. “The crisis is political and they who can stop the cycle of aggravation and bloodletting of innocents are the politicians.”Politics are to blame. But, it was George Bush's politics of lies and deceit that started this war in the first place. There is plenty of blame to go around in Iraq. But, the initial blame begins with the man who started this war and never had a plan to finish it: George W. Bush.
Mr. Maliki’s comments were an acknowledgment of the political nature of the war here and they placed responsibility for achieving any sort of peace on the shoulders of Iraq’s politicians. The civil strife is generally driven by Sunni and Shiite militias vying for dominance and has spiraled into a pattern of revenge killings and sectarian cleansing of neighborhoods.