Senators call for Maliki’s ouster

Senators Carl Levin and John Warner are, in essence, calling for a vote of no confidence in the Iraqi government, reports Jonathan Weisman of the Washington Post:

Declaring the government of Iraq “non-functional,” the influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said yesterday that Iraq’s parliament should oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his cabinet if they are unable to forge a political compromise with rival factions in a matter of days.

“I hope the parliament will vote the Maliki government out of office and will have the wisdom to replace it with a less sectarian and more unifying prime minister and government,” Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) said after a three-day trip to Iraq and Jordan.

Levin’s statement, the most strident call for leadership change in Iraq from a U.S. elected official, comes as about two dozen lawmakers are traveling to Iraq during Congress’s August break to try to glean firsthand assessments before receiving a progress report next month from Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. commander there, and Ryan C. Crocker, the U.S. ambassador.

The whole article is at the link above. This is outrageous behavior from these Senators. Calling for the deposing of a friendly government by influential Senators is just unheard of. Somebody grab these doddering old fools before they spill their drool cups, and get them the heck away from the halls of power, PLEASE!

They don’t have to fund the Iraqi government if they don’t want to – that’s their power and privilege, and using their best judgment thereon is in fact their duty. But shooting their big fat mouths off is a diplomatic travesty. These self-important jackasses are the best arguments for term limits I’ve heard in years.

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