Re "U.S. criticism draws a blunt Iraqi retort," Aug. 23
So Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told America he can "find friends elsewhere." This just after President Bush referred to him as "a good guy" and long after thousands of our soldiers have died fighting for Iraq. Bush now says that if the Iraqi government doesn't respond to the demands of the Iraqi people, "they will replace the government." I don't think so. Maliki's Cabinet is falling apart. And now, Maliki is cozying up to Syria and Iran. Both of those countries are demanding that Iraq set a timetable for U.S. forces to withdraw. Gee, I wonder why.
Analysts have speculated that "the administration was preparing the American public for a disappointing report next month on progress in Iraq." Well, prepare us all you want, but the bottom line is still going to be the same: failure on almost every level.
Daniel V. Shannon
Re "General, spy report raise Iraq stakes," Aug. 24
So, "Maliki is unable to govern his country effectively and the political situation is likely to become even more precarious in the next six to 12 months." Who says the Iraqis should have a better government than we do?