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Calls for Maliki to step down

The time for Maliki to go was before the U.S. left. Now, Iraq has crumbled again in the well anticipated state of near civil war. That’s oil over the dam, as they say in these parts. Now, it is Sunni vs. Shia vs. Kurds. It is all about controlling the equation for distributing oil revenues among the different sects. It is about securing Iraqi people against terrorists and insurrectionists who are quite capable of bringing a nation asunder. It is about managing the Iraq instance in context with the greater Middle East that shares similar sectarian strife. It is about achieving sustainable economies for now and into the future. It is about producing democratically elected governments that are dedicated to freedom and liberty for all people. The latter is imposed and not necessarily bubbling up, which is a problem here.

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This CNN report nails the essence.

“Sources: Chorus grows that Al-Maliki has to go for Iraq's sake
By Laura Smith-Spark and Elise Labbott, CNN
updated 5:12 AM EDT, Thu June 19, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- There's a growing chorus -- both in Washington and in the Arab world -- that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has to go if there's any hope of unifying Iraq as Islamic militants advance south toward Baghdad.

While some on Capitol Hill aren't shy about saying his days as the Iraqi leader should come to an end, at the White House it's more of a whisper.

Senior U.S. officials tell CNN that the Obama administration is of the belief that Maliki is not the leader Iraq needs to unify the country and end sectarian tensions.

The officials, along with Arab diplomats, say the White House is now focused on a political transition that would move the Iraqis toward a more inclusive government -- one without Maliki, but which includes Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions.

Whatever the action, something needs to happen fast.

The lightning-fast advance by Sunni fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has toppled large portions of northern Iraq and brought the militant push to within 40 miles of Baghdad. ISIS wants to establish a caliphate, or Islamic state, that would stretch from Iraq into northern Syria.”

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