February 26, 2011
Obama has not condemned the Nouri al-Maliki regime in Iraq for killing at least 23 people during the country’s “Day of Rage” on Friday. Tens of thousands of Iraqis went into the streets and stormed provincial buildings, forced the resignation of local officials, and confronted the military. Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and Christians demanded basics taken for granted in other countries – adequate electricity, clean water, a decent hospital, and employment.
“It is noteworthy that the Obama Administration has been entirely mum on the Iraqi crackdown, particularly as the US still has some 50,000 troops in Iraq to back up the Maliki-led regime,” writes Jason Ditz.