18 August, 2010

The future of Iraqi politics: Pakistan?

Foreign Policy talks about a conversation between an Iraqi general and a politician.  The politician thought he was joking--the general had already made plans.
The politician asked about the possibility of a coup. The general, he
said, deeming the talk serious, pulled out a map of the capital and
provided a disconcertingly elaborate plan to execute one: overturning
trucks to block the route from the main American base to the Green Zone,
seizing television stations, besieging Parliament, and so on.

“When you’re president,” he quoted the general as asking, in utter seriousness, “can you make me minister of defense?”

No real surprise, I suppose.

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