ABC News: U.S. Envoy Warns Iraq to Unify Government
BAGHDAD, Iraq Feb 20, 2006 (AP)— The U.S. ambassador delivered a blunt warning to Iraqi leaders Monday that they risk losing American support unless they establish a national unity government with the police and the army out of the hands of religious parties.
During a rare news conference, Khalilzad said division among the country's sectarian and ethnic communities was "the fundamental problem in Iraq," fueling the Sunni Arab-dominated insurgency and the wave of reprisal killings.
We are just figuring out that division among Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds is the fundamental problem? We didn't realize this BEFORE we invaded?
And THIS is a real winner:
There was no response from al-Jaafari's government to Khalilzad's warning, but a prominent Shiite politician, Jalaladin al-Saghir, said the comments were "unacceptable" and constituted interference in the affairs of a sovereign state.
"We all want a national unity government and the U.S. ambassador is no more eager than we are to reach such a government," al-Saghir told The Associated Press. "It is the Americans who push toward sectarianism by their ever-changing points of view. We feel uneasy about some of the U.S. agenda."
Al-Saghir said the Americans had installed former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party in the Interior and Defense ministries and "Shiites are upset about this."
No kidding. The Bushites, when confronted by sectarianism, play one party against the other. Which (DUH) increases sectarianism.
To underscore his remarks, Khalilzad reminded the Iraqis that the United States has spent billions to build up Iraq's police and army and said "we are not going to invest the resources of the American people and build forces that are run by people who are sectarian" and tied to the militias some of which the ambassador said received "arms and training" from Iran.
As God is my witness, this must be the most incompetent bevy of fools in the history of humanity. We invade a country - nobody there asked us to - and then WHINE to the people we invaded that the occupation is COSTING US A LOT OF MONEY. Pooor, poooor pitiful us. Our invasion of your country is costing us money.
How THAT for clueless arrogance?