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Iran and U.S. align against Maliki

Glory be. A few weeks ago a Kurdish politician, Fouad Massoum was named the new president of Iraq with a parliamentary vote. He is a founder of the Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party. He is described as a moderate, and consensus-builder known among Sunni and Shiite Arab politicians. He named a new prime minister Haider al-Abadi which Iran also supports along with the U.S.

Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi

Haider al-Abadi is a Shia Muslim and electronic engineer with a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. He lived in London while in exile from Saddam Hussein.

Meanwhile, according to a report by Mary Casey at Foreign Policy, the French are supporting the Kurds militarily and the British are providing humanitarian supply drops.

The Sunni allied Islamic State (ISIS) is a threat to regional security including Syria, Iraq, Iran and just about everywhere the Sunni population resides. History proves that Shiites can be as brutal as Sunnis, but it is hoped that all parties will seek moderation that will enable peaceful coexistence in the free world. That is a high bar to achieve.

What might be the the U.S. foreign policy outcome for the Middle East?


  • Pluralistic political environment that accommodates democratic participation from different religious and ideological sects as well as ethnic sects and ensures equality and security as well a sustainable economies for all people.
  • Acceptance of free world values and rules of law that include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Unprecedented peace and security.

Now, what is the process by which this outcome might be achieved?

Answering this question can be accomplished from two perspectives:

  1. Top-down: This view begins with the macro outcome and drills down to achievement.
  2. Bottom-up: This view begins with instances operating in the as-is environment.

From both perspectives, accounting for overarching “rules” that include laws, regulations, and policies is essential. No matter where one begins, all roads require the same work, eventually.

Mr. President, where shall we begin?

(Theoretical response) Ask Hillary Clinton, I am on vacation.

Obama principle: You know that you can have two presidents at the same time? Just look at Iraq, for instance.

“Maliki Loses Support as U.S. Deploys Advisors to Northern Iraq
AUGUST 13, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is becoming increasing(ly) isolated losing the support of Iran, militia and army commanders, and politicians, including members of his own party. On Tuesday, Iran endorsed Iraqi President Fouad Massoum's nominee for prime minister, Haider al-Abadi. Meanwhile, the United States has sent an additional 130 military advisors to assist in humanitarian relief operations in northern Iraq where militants led by the Islamic State have seized large portions of territory. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel indicated the military may expand the mission, however he maintained that U.S. troops were not being deployed to fight asserting that this "is not a combat-boots-on-the-ground operation." Additionally, France has announced it will supply arms to Kurdish forces battling Islamic State fighters. Britain said its focus remains on humanitarian aid drops, though it plans to also send a "small number" of helicopters and will transport military equipment provided by other countries to the Kurdish forces.

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