Prime Minister Maliki Goes to Washington

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met with President Obama today in Washington, reportedly to request assistance in the form of advanced military aircraft to counter the reactivated insurgency in Iraq. …

Prior to the meeting, a group of senators including Carl Levin, John McCain, and Lindsay Graham sent a letter to President Obama criticizing Maliki’s unwillingness to share power with Sunni and Kurdish minorities. They pitched the upcoming meeting as a chance to “re-engage with the American people about the continuing strategic importance of Iraq.”

Based on recent surveys, it’s not that likely that Americans would show enthusiasm about re-engaging. CONT.

Dina Smeltz, Chicago Council on Global Affairs