I don't want to go Woodward and Bernstein all over you, but last week, just after Air Force 1 lifted off towards a meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister al-Maliki, someone in the administration who had enough of the President's insistence that he knows what he's doing, sent a message that everyone seems to have missed: an administration mutiny is in the offing.
The coup d'tat warning came in the form of a leaked memorandum that national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, had sent Bush three weeks ago describing, as the New York Times editorial put it, "how Iraq was being pulled apart by sectarian hatreds and warning that Mr. Maliki was either 'ignorant of what is going on' or unwilling or unable to stop it."
The Times, leak forum du jour, says it was just proof that the President is being told what's going on in Iraq.
Some say the President may actually heed the memo and his public pronouncements of Rumsfeldian praise ("Maliki is the right man for the job") prior to dismissal is just the Bush M.O. at work. That Maliki's Medal of Freedom is already in the smelter.
And there will be those who will say the leak was only to serve as warning to Maliki to Shiite or get off the pot. Save my need for cutesy phrasing, it's actually "Sunni or get off the pot" as it seems Maliki-led government has eliminated all real Sunni participation in Iraqi's governance. But let's be honest, no matter the phrasing, Malki knows that if he doesn't
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