New Stumbling Blocks for Crisis Diplomacy

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Just hours before his meeting with President Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was hit by two challenges to his leadership of Iraq. The first was a leaked memo from National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley saying al-Maliki is either unwilling or unable to control sectarian violence; the second, withdrawal from al-Maliki's government by a key bloc of supporters led by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.  How damaged is al-Maliki's leadership of his own divided country?  Would more American troops make a difference?




Warren Olney