The Machiavellian support from Iran, Syria and Russia might for a while misleadingly portray al-Maliky's government as anti - American, but it could not cover up the fact that it was essentially installed by the U.S. foreign military invasion and is still bound by a "strategic agreement" with the United States.
Political System Unfixable
However the new U.S. "surge" in " operational cooperation with the Iraqi government" will most likely not succeed in fixing "Iraq's shattered political system," which "our forces were unable to fix " even when they were in Iraq in large numbers," according to Christopher A. Preble, writing in Cato Institute online on last January 23.
"Sending David Petraeus and Ambassador (Ryan) Crocker back" to Iraq, as suggested by U.S. Sen. John McCain to CNN's "State of the Union" last January 12 was a disparate wishful thinking.
"Iraq's shattered political system" is the legitimate product of the U.S.--engineered "political process" based on sectarian and ethnic fragmentation of the geopolitical national unity of the country. Highlighting the "al-Qaeda threat" can no more cover up the fact that the "political process" is a failure that cannot be "fixed" militarily.
Writing in Foreign Policy on this February 10, James Jeffrey said that the " United States tried to transform Iraq into a model Western-style democracy," but "the U.S. experience in the Middle East came to resemble its long war in Vietnam."
The sectarian U.S. proxy government in Baghdad, which has developed into an authoritarian regime, remains the bedrock of the U.S. strategic failure. The "al-Qaeda threat" is only the expected sectarian antithesis; it is a byproduct that will disappear with the collapse of the sectarian "political process."
Iraq is now "on the edge of the abyss," director of Middle East Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), professor Gareth Stansfield, wrote on this February 3. This situation is " being laid at the door of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki," who "is now portrayed as a divisive figure," he said.