Definitely an interesting read. What I take away from it is:
- Iran has significant influence over the new Iraqi government (Sistani was in Iran for a long time and Chalabi was selling US secrets to Iran). Links to Syria also seem to exist.
- The new government is not beneath using religious fear to get people voted in (telling people their wives would divorce them and theyâ€™d burn in hell if they voted for Allawi).
- The new government ran on a religious platform, not on any specific promises.
- The new government wants to return to the original de-Baathification plan and eliminate anyone who was associated with the Baâ€™ath party.
- The new government wants to take the fight even more strongly to the insurgency.
- Shiâ€™ites control around 66% of the seats, Kurds about 30% and Sunni around 4%.
- This new government is the one writing the constitution for Iraqis to live by and the Shiâ€™ite religious party has an absolute majority to push through whatever they want.
- Allawi thinks Iraq is screwed up enough that, once again, heâ€™s leaving.
It may be just me, but unless things are played very carefully in the next 6-12 months the US may have achieved exactly what they fought so long to avoid and handed Iraq to Iran.