Boycott or pullout, whatever. Cast your eyes to the sky….the vultures are gathering. Over the Line, Smokey! continues to predict the fall of the al Maliki government within weeks. Could be a matter of days.
The Cabinet boycott of five ministers loyal to former Iraqi leader Ayad Allawi left the government, at least temporarily, without participants where were members of the Sunni political apparatus _ a deep blow to the prime minister’s attempt to craft reconciliation among the country’s majority Shiites and minority Sunnis and Kurds.
The defense minister is from a Sunni background but has no political ties and was chosen by al-Maliki.
The Allawi bloc, a mixture of Sunnis and Shiites, cited al-Maliki’s failure to respond to its demands for political reform. The top Sunni political bloc already had pulled its six ministers from the 40-member Cabinet of al-Maliki, a Shiite, last week.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who has been trying to broker the Sunni bloc’s return in a bid to hold the government together, met Monday with Crocker and a White House envoy.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States was working well with the al-Maliki government, but he did not give the kind of enthusiastic endorsement that President Bush and his aides once did.
“There’s a very healthy political debate that is going on in Iraq, and that is good,” McCormack said. “It’s going to be for them (the Iraqi people) to make the judgments about whether or not that government is performing.”
Y’all can interpret that last sentence any way you want, but to me it says: “Who’s gonna step up?”