The Worries of the US Ambassador to Iraq

Immanuel Wallerstein shows that a close read of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s 06 June memo to Condoleezza Rice provides a stark report of occupied Iraq society. And there is speculation of a US evacuation, as at the end of the Vietnam War. The US government tries to keep a brave face about Iraq. It regularly claims it is making progress in its objectives. The recent publication in the press of a June 6 memo that US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad sent to the Secretary of State shows internal discussion that is much more pessimistic. It relates the multiple and growing problems of the Iraqi staff who work for the US government in the ultra-protected Green Zone. It is not a happy story. The Iraqi staff is complaining, says Khalilzad, that “Islamist and/or militia groups have been negatively affecting their daily routine.” (Read the rest of this article on Middle East Online).

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