BARACK OBAMA STANDS NEXT TO A CAR LABELED 'IRAQ.'
POINTING TO THE CAR, A MAN ASKS OBAMA:
'THAT IS WHAT YOUR PAST GOVERNMENT DID.
BEEN SUFFERING FOR FIVE YEARS. CAN YOU FIX IT?!'
[Sotal Iraq, Iraq]
Election of Obama
a Chance to 'Offset' Iranian Influence
"Obama's commitment to
withdraw U.S. forces within 16 months means that the priorities for U.S. foreign
policy - including in Iraq - have been altered by the world financial crisis
and the new administration’s desire to internationalize the Iraqi problem. All
of these are positive signs for Arab countries, which will at last be able to
offset, if not eradicate, Iranian influence."
By Akil Al Azrak
Translated By Nicolas Dagher
November 5, 2008
Kitabat - Iraq -
Original Article (Arabic)
The two most influential
players on the Iraqi scene are the United States and Iran. Regarding Iran, all
evidence on the ground indicates that this party has benefited greatly from the
execution of President Bush's Iraq policy and the administration of the
Green-Zone government. This has led to a situation in which Iran is the big
winner whether the new administration is Republican or Democratic, whether U.S.
forces withdraw or not, or whether the Security Agreement is signed or not.
With considering how the
change in the U.S. after the election victory of Democratic candidate Barack
Obama might affect Iraqis, we should remember that the United States is a
country of institutions, and the institution of the Presidency only possesses
20 percent of the government's decision-making power. So policy doesn't
necessarily change when a new president is elected. But that doesn't imply an
absence of change in foreign policy and a new direction in dealing with the
problem of Iraq. American history is the best proof of such transformations in
foreign policy, as occurred under previous presidents Abraham Lincoln, Franklin
Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
The emergence of such a
change during Obama’s presidency is more than justified by the facts on ground
- both at home and abroad. Obama’s campaign appeal for change - as a campaign
slogan and a keynote for the policies that the new administration intends to
pursue - was embraced by American voters. Moreover, beyond voting for Obama,
the election served as a referendum on the policies of Bush and his party.
Republicans suffered not only the defeat of its presidential candidate, but
further losses in the Senate and House of Representatives, which one might argue
is even more significant than losing the presidency.
We shouldn’t be overly
optimistic about this change, but even worse conditions would prevail with a
continuation of Bush’s policies toward Iraq and his unswerving support for the
Green-Zone government. All U.S. opinion polls show that America's foreign
policy priorities have changed. According to surveys, less than ten percent of
people consider Iraq or combating terrorism - topics that were used by Bush as
a justification for his Iraq policies - to be pressing issues.
Obama's commitment to
withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq within 16 months means that the priorities for
U.S. foreign policy - including in Iraq - have been altered by the world
financial crisis and the new administration’s desire to internationalize the
Iraqi problem through global and regional organizations. All of these are
positive signs for Arab countries which will at last be able to offset if not
eradicate Iranian influence.
The Green-Zone government
hasn't hidden its anxiety over the future that these changes will bring. That
was made clear by the government's congratulatory press releases. In addition
to pleading for continued American support and trying to shackle the new
administration with the burden of responsibility for the Iraqi government, it
also reflected that fear.
This fear will translate
within the next few days into the rushed signing of the Security Agreement by
the Iraqi government, which will again reveal the absence of any clear vision
or government policy that will lead Iraq away from foreign support - be it
American or Iranian. The timetable that this government has submitted regarding
increasing the capabilities of the security forces makes it clear that Iraqi
forces will be unable to confront domestic dangers on their own before 2011,
and that the Iraqi army will be unable to repel any threat from external
aggression before 2020.
Posted by WORLDMEETS.US
Among the changes that are
casting a shadow on the Iraqi arena, there are many positive signs. If Iraq's politicians
can take advantage of these circumstances by organizing a united Iraqi national
movement aimed at ending the occupation and rejecting sectarian quotas, this
could form the basis for translating the intentions of the new American
administration into acts that would be in the interest of our nation and its
people and once and for all, bring an end to the Iraqi crisis.
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