Wednesday, July 23, 2008

His Own Man

It’s interesting that the right-wingers who crowed when Iraq had “free and democratic elections” (remember the purple-finger craze?) and installed Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister (and defended him against the puppetry charge from liberals) now dismiss him as a political hack because he backs Barack Obama’s timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

The simple fact may be that Prime Minister Maliki, whether you see him as a stooge for the Bush administration or a calculating politician who even from Baghdad can see which way the wind is blowing in the U.S. election, is the ultimate pragmatist. In Iraq, that makes him a survivor.