The New York Times again published a classified memo that ends up hurting President Bush, hurting President al Maliki from Iraq, hurting the Iraq War efforts, hurting democracy efforts in Iraq, hurting the Iraqi people, and hurting American efforts in the Mideast.
But, remember… You deserve to know this classified observation by Stephen Hadley.
Al Jazeera reports:
However US misgivings over al-Maliki’s leadership have been disclosed in a memo written by Stephen Hadley, a national security adviser, and which were published by the New York Times.
According to the 8 November document, Hadley told Bush that al-Maliki’s leadership had been weak.
It read: “His intentions seem good when he talks with Americans, and sensitive reporting suggests he is trying to stand up to the Shia hierarchy and force positive change.
“But the reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests Maliki is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action”.
The report advocated a possible shake-up of his seven-month-old national unity government.
Is there anything about this memo that is so critical that it had to be leaked?
…Besides, of course, that it will undermine American efforts in Iraq?