Another Score: Joe Biden & Ad Melkert Deliver on Iraq


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Vice President Joe Biden meets with U.N Special Representative for Iraq Ad Melkert, second from left, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 5, 2010. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Remember Iraq? Well, for the moment, it is not blowing up or engaged in a raging civil war — and thus is not at the height of the news. Which is sad.
Iraq, for the time being, is stabilizing — and after a long 9 months of standoff between various political parties — not only between Al-Maliki and Allawi but between Barzani, Talabani, al-Hashemi, al-Sadr and others — the government has been formed and is being launched today.
In a remarkable move, Ayad Allawi who won the plurality in the last election but couldn’t assemble a majority government has agreed to support the emerging government deal even though his own position as head of a “security and strategy council” has not been finalized.
The behind the scenes movers on this — the key ones — have been Vice President Joe Biden and UN Special Representative for Iraq Ad Melkert. They have worked assiduously every other day and every week together with other key players to get the Iraq equation right — and for all of the attention on key media-hugging protagonists, the real deal was solved in getting Barzani, al-Hashemi and others to show great “strategic restraint” and to be stabilizers of the political equilibrium — rather than disruptors.
So — big news today — even if the news isn’t carrying much of it.
Not only has the Obama/Biden administration delivered on DADT, a tax deal compromise, and most likely on New START, but also on Iraq.
There’s more to do — but this is not bad for the tally card.
— Steve Clemons


12 comments on “Another Score: Joe Biden & Ad Melkert Deliver on Iraq

  1. PissedOffAmerican says:

    It is unreasonable for Steve to expect us to be civil to this despicable hasbarist Nadine and her compatriot troll Pearlman.
    Being less than civil to these two is far less egregious than the act of supplying them with a podium from which to shamelessly propagandize on Israel’s behalf.


  2. nadine says:

    You’re half right, POA, entirely by accident as usual: it’s our bully allies, “engage” with enemies, send out signals left and right that we are not to be trusted, foreign policy that is responsible for much of Iran’s boldness.
    Iran is a revolutionary regime. They have been pushing for years. Bush didn’t push back nearly hard enough, while Obama decided to bow down and hold the door open for them, the appeasement theory being that Iran is only exporting Islamist revolution and throwing its weight around because we didn’t talk nicely to them.
    It’s rubbish, as events OUGHT to have made clear by now, but Obama can’t see the nose on his face for the all the Marxist neocolonialist ideology he absorbed about the world in college, which he never learned enough to abandon.


  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “King Abdullah or Jordan just announced a state visit to Tehran. The NAF appeasement policy is sure working like a charm, eh, Steve? Is Flynt Leverett doing a happy dance? He may not have persuaded the US to form a grand alliance with the mullahs, but the way things are going, it won’t matter soon”
    Simply too fuckin’ rabid to understand that it is OUR actions, and those of Israel’s, that are causing the realignment of alliances in the Middle East, and threatening our security. (And Israel’s, but at this point, why should any American patriot give a shit?)


  4. Mr.Murder says:

    Success = Bribes for All!


  5. nadine says:

    “Oh my. Now Steve Clemons is going to peddle this shit about “the success of the surge”???” (POA)
    Didn’t Biden himself proclaim the surge a major success of Obama’s foreign policy?
    All that stuff about “the surge has failed” and “this war is lost” served its purpose and has been quietly dropped down the memory hole….while the Obama administration works to hand the Persian Gulf over to Iran through abject weakness.
    King Abdullah or Jordan just announced a state visit to Tehran. The NAF appeasement policy is sure working like a charm, eh, Steve? Is Flynt Leverett doing a happy dance? He may not have persuaded the US to form a grand alliance with the mullahs, but the way things are going, it won’t matter soon.
    Oh, the Iranian foreign minister has just announced that his number one goal is to form a ‘new understanding’ with Saudi Arabia. Bet the Saudis feel real confident Obama has their back…maybe he could try some more bowing?


  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Oh my. Now Steve Clemons is going to peddle this shit about “the success of the surge”???


  7. questions says:

    nadine, the “expiration date” is not the right image or metaphor. What you should really say is that Obama had hoped to be able to bend the political system and move our political will more than it turned out was possible.
    He was right to try to extricate us from Iraq, and eventually will. He tried mightily to close Gitmo, but ran into, what’s it called… oh yeah, Congress. Something about funding, something about states’ not wanting to take any prisoners, something about trying to get other countries to take some of these people….
    Still, a little at a time, things are getting done, and they’re getting done in reasonable fashion, by the legislature as needed, by executive branch work when that’s the right way to go.
    Moving 300 million people along, as well as the 6+ billion in the world is a big job. It doesn’t come by fiat, unless one truly wants a dictator.
    The more Congress is pushed to legislate, the more representative our system is, and all in all, this is a good thing, even if I really can’t stand 299,999,999 of my closest neighbors and fellow countrymen!
    (By the way, as I recall, you’re not so into climate change as a reality?? There’s a nice piece up on the NYT front page about the basic science and a couple of the main people who research it. Very mellow piece. Probably won’t change your mind, but might be worth reading….


  8. nadine says:

    Don Bacon, All of Obama’s promises come with an expiration date. All of them. You just noticed?


  9. Don Bacon says:

    As I recall, Obama didn’t run on stabilizing Iraq, he ran on getting the US out of Iraq. He had a plan for getting out of Iraq, right? Which Hillary called him on? Said he wouldn’t do it?
    And now it’s VP Biden, not the SecState, who runs the Iraq portfolio, which includes the US staying in Iraq, apparently. Another score?


  10. John Waring says:

    Too bad the President didn’t follow Mr. Biden’s advice on Afghanistan.
    One more time, why should we be spending this staggering amount of blood and treasure on a place that really just doesn’t matter?
    Let India and Pakistan conduct their proxy war by themselves.


  11. Don Bacon says:

    It’s a victory for Iran. The Obama/Biden administration tried to get Talabani to step aside for Allawi (CIA man) as president and failed. Now the Maliki government, allied with Iran, can proceed w/o Allawi, who lives in London, because Biden/Obama paid him off to be quiet.
    Worked assiduously every other day and every week? Come on, we know how these things work. Their politicians are no different from our politicians, are they. It’s hardly Civics 101.
    Delivered on a tax compromise that the Dem base hates? Merely doing what’s right on DADT? No news,
    “. . .not at the height of the news. Which is sad.” — Americans don’t care about Iraq, Never did. They have other problems. As for Iraq not blowing up, it ain’t over ’til it’s over. Or why does the US still have 40,000 troops there, protecting Iran’s interests?


  12. N. Olson says:

    Good news. Joe has been hitting all the high notes with his negotiating skills as VP…foreign and domestic. Good to see it acknowledged here. I’ve known of his good reputation with foreign leaders/dignitaries; they like him, ask for him, and appreciate his straight forward approach. Republican members of our Congress also have good words for the vice president as he has been stepping in for Rahm; apparently he speaks straight and treats them with respect. Of course results always speak louder than words.


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