Via Juan Cole (Juan Cole is President of the Global Americana Institute):
A rumor is circulating among well-connected and formerly high-level Iraqi bureaucrats in exile in places like Damascus that a military coup is being prepared for Iraq. I received the following from a reliable, knowledgeable contact. There is no certitude that this plan can or will be implemented. That it is being discussed at high levels seems highly likely.Comments on this post include the following:
"There is serious talk of a military commission (majlis `askari) to take over the government. The parties would be banned from holding positions, and all the ministers would be technocrats, so to speak. . .
--Yes and it would allow carte blanche giveaway of oil resources and war on Iran without Iraqi contraints. These coups always worked so well in South Vietnam too, eh? Nothing like American plans for foreign "democracy"!There's more on Juan Cole's site. Whaddya think?
--this is following a dreadfully familiar script. Basically we are going to end up spending a trillion dollars and kill thousands of people in order to swap one strongman for another... who won't even be able to make the trains run on time like Saddam (more or less) did.
--Why would America go along with this? Because the current Iraqi parliament is unlikely to ever pass the oil law as currently written. A dictarship is much easier (and more profitable), as long as we control the dictator.
--even if the new leader/strongman we install is ultimately as ineffectual as Maliki, he will at least serve as a prop for the Bush regime to buy themselves another Friedman Unit or two. (note: a F.U. is a 6-month period, Thomas Friedman's ongoing time allowance for the Iraq mess to continue)