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The anti al-Maliki operation in Washington is being run out of the offices of Barbour, Griffiths and Rogers, hyper Republican lobbyists. Nobody is entirely sure who's the paymaster, some have suggested Chalabi but the Saudis are just as likely.

What's interesting is the extent to which the WH is trying to appear a disinterested party in all this, while having their grubby fingers all over it.

Nevertheless I think you're right in this suggesting that the Americans want to partition Iraq. That this is an isane idea that will lead to regional war within a couple of years is evidently neither here nor there. It is superficially attractive in a completely knuckle-headed way, if they really believe this will bring peace I fear they will be mighty disappointed. However, I wonder if, at the top, they do expect it to bring peace or just a change in situation to look like they're doing something whilst keeping the situation tense.

Saudi are in favour cos they will get control of the Western Iraqi desert, a geolocially unexplored region that may contain fresh northern extentions to their own failing fields. However, the kurds will immediately get into trouble with Turkey and Iran and that will create "interesting" times in that region.

All in all I doubt there will be peace anytime soon. I just wonder how they expect this to improve the oil situation.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 28th, 2007 at 09:38:38 AM EST

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