E ricordate che in Iraq abbiamo vinto

Soprattutto per conto dell’Iran:

For the Shiite religious parties that comprise the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, however, there is also another, less admissible reason for demanding changes in the text. Each of the major Shiite parties maintains close ties to the Islamic Republic of Iran. And even though the draft agreement envisions a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities by June 30, conditions permitting, and a withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops by the end of 2011, Tehran wants the Americans off its doorstep immediately, and without qualifying clauses. Maliki is trying to serve two mutually hostile masters.

The Iraq policy of the next American president will have to be rooted in a realization that George W. Bush has opened Iraq to Iranian influence. The soundest way to counter that influence is to cease being an occupying power as quickly as possible and to strengthen ties with Iraqi factions that truly want a pluralist, independent future.