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article imageWhite House memo: Iraqi PM can't control violence

By bobSP     Nov 29, 2006 in World
A classified memo by the national security adviser expressed serious doubts about whether PM Nuri Kamal al-Maliki could control the sectarian violence in Iraq and recommended that the United States take steps to strengthen the Iraqi leader’s position.
The memo, dated November 8th, is based largely on a meeting between the adviser, Hadley, and the PM al-Maliki. It mentions that al-Maliki is trying to break away from some of the more radical Shiite leaders and/or work to bring an end to the violence..but it later goes on to express doubt in the PM. Saying that he may be "ignorant" of the Shia hierarchy's plans or is misrepresenting himself..
The memo suggests that if Mr. Maliki fails to carry out a series of specified steps, it may ultimately be necessary to press him to reconfigure his parliamentary bloc, a step the United States could support by providing “monetary support to moderate groups,” and by sending thousands of additional American troops to Baghdad to make up for what the document suggests is a current shortage of Iraqi forces.
Misrepresenting himself...this does not sound good..are they suggesting that he may have a role in the continued violence towards the Sunni populations? And if not, how are they playing on 'educating' the ignorant man of their violent intentions?
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