SoS Clinton in Iraq as Iraqi Reconciliation Falters

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Baghdad for a one day visit. Her visit comes on the heels of recent violence that has claimed 148 lives including Iranian Shi'ites on a pilgrimage. The Secretary of State was preceded in Baghdad by the arrival of veteran US diplomat Christopher Hill as the new US ambassador to Iraq. His nomination has been delayed by Republicans who claimed he lacked Middle East experience but were really more about payback for his handling of negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

Although violence in Iraq is at its lowest point since 2003, Secretary Clinton and Ambassador arrived in Iraq at a delicate moment after back-to-back suicide bombings killed 60 people outside the most important Shiite shrine in Baghdad. Those attacks came after Iraq on Thursday was rocked by its most deadly violence in more than a year when 88 people were killed by suicide bombers in Baghdad and Muqdadiyah, north of the Iraqi capital. More on Secretary Clinton's visit from the New York Times.

Iraq has been in the rear-view mirror for quite some time but unfortunately stability and peace remain elusive. In recent weeks and quietly at least in the American press there has been an uptick in violence in Iraq. Most worrisome is the situation in Kirkuk, an oil-rich province, where the Kurds and the Iraqi state seem on a collision course. The video below is from Al Jazeera and examines Iraq's efforts to achieve a national reconciliation.

Tags: Geo-Politics, Iraq, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Foreign Policy (all tags)



Re: SoS Clinton in Iraq

The unravelling of Iraq with US troop withdrawals would set the Obama administration back and could potentially create a situation in which the US is again fighting on two fronts instead of one, especially at a time when the Pakistani-Afgan conflict is escalating.

We will probably hear it from Cheney, the usual "I told you so" cynicism before long.

by MainStreet 2009-04-25 05:43AM | 0 recs
They bought reconciliation.....

Petreaus big move was NOT more troops, but more cash.

At some point, that was bound to wear off as an effective strategy.

But, it was NEVER about solving the problems long term. It was about one thing.

They needed to get the press to stop reporting on the war.

Best way to do that? No more dead American serviceman and women.

Worked, didn't it?

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-25 08:53AM | 0 recs
Re: They bought reconciliation.....

Wow, great comment. I fear you are right.

by Charles Lemos 2009-04-25 01:12PM | 0 recs


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