Subject: Overthrowing Maliki?
Yikes. Talk about a Diem scenario. Although I’m sure Diem was a
much worthier guy than Maliki, but I’d hate to see any sort of coup.
I mean, as much as we want to stabilize Iraq, the important thing is
that we leave it with some semblance of a decent government (even if
it may necessarily be more authoritarian than we’d wish, à la Korea
after the war, etc.). Kicking off a coup is pretty much an invitation
to institutionalize that in a part of the world where coups are often
the only way governments get changed…