Saturday, April 7, 2012
the Iraq legacy
There are worrisome trends in Iraq. The government has still not resolved its oil revenue issues, nor the status of Kirkuk, nor even the assignment of key ministries. A respected analyst, Toby Dodge of LSE, argues that "the trajectory of Iraqi politics is clearly heading towards a new authoritarianism with the concentration of power in the hands of one man,[Prime Minister] Nuri al-Maliki." Dodge also laments the U.S. policy of militarizing Iraqi society, which allows Maliki to dominate. If this analysis is correct and the trends continue, this would be another sad legacy to the Iraq war.