National(ist) pressure making Maliki keep up the sham about "withdrawal"
Here's the way an op-ed writer at the Kuwaiti paper AlQabas, Zahir al-Dujaili by name, explains the confusing yes/no pattern of Iraqi assertions of a withdrawal-schedule followed inevitably by the US denial, something he says has become a topic of sarcasm among Iraqis outside the GreenZone.
Political observers attribute this [yes/no pattern] to the fact that the Iraqi government is going through a difficult period, which threatens the complete alienation of the Iraqi street from the government. The government faces national (or nationalist: wataniy) pressure from growing popular forces that demand it place a light at the end of the tunnel and defining the exit of the occupation forces from the country. Because as long as the government is saying it is capable of keeping law and order, the nationalist forces are saying to the government: Then why do you not agree with the occupier on a time-schedule that will free the country from foreign domination?It is in response to this intense pressure that the Maliki administration continues to make these would-be reassuring statements about agreement with the occupier. And, the writer adds:
Of course this political fraud is completely unacceptable to the American negotiators who are still studying proposals that the Maliki government is trying to make out to be agreements.h/t Ladybird of RoadstoIraq.com
I met two days ago a senior adviser who works in the GreenZone with the American forces and I asked him directly a question to settle this confusing debate about the agreement: Do you think the occupation authority has agreed with the government on a fixed date for withdrawal and will that be included in the agreement?
He replied smiling: What people are saying to you is completely wrong. The American army will not withdraw from Iraq. It will remain in many different forms. It will not bind itself to a fixed date for withdrawal, nor to the desires of Maliki and his government. And there will not be a crisis of separation [either], because of all the people on the face of the earth it is the Iraqi authorities are the most in need of the forces of occupation. They are between a people who want the withdrawal [of the occupation] and an ally who wants to remain, and Washington understands the dosage [or the medicine] for this disease.