What shapes Americans' opinions about any war is not that it is wrong and an independent country has been invaded, flattened, millions murdered and thousands tortured: it was wrong because the US lost.
Rivals say Maliki leading Iraq to 'civil war'
Baghdad, Iraq - Less than 24 hours after the US military withdrew the last of its occupation forces from Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an arrest warrant for Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi on terrorism charges.
Maliki, a Shia, levelled the charges against the highest ranking Sunni in the government - a move that threatens to drag the country back into sectarian bloodshed such as what occurred in 2006-2007 and led to tens of thousands of Iraqis being killed.
The move is particularly dangerous at this time, given the power vacuum created by the US withdrawal.
Just three days after US forces withdrew from Iraq, on December 21, Maliki placed Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, a Sunni politician and a leader of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, on "extended leave".
In an interview with Al Jazeera on Tuesday, Mutlaq called on Maliki to step down, accusing the prime minister of governing like a dictator and leading the country into chaos.
"My advice to him [Maliki] is that he should leave his chair because he is the reason behind all that is happening in Iraq because he turned into a real dictator in this country," Mutlaq told Al Jazeera.
Mutlaq said this is the most dangerous situation Iraq has been in since the occupation, and said the way Maliki is running the country "will lead to chaos and a civil war".
"He [Maliki] is a dictator without wisdom," Mutlaq said, and called for Maliki to step down immediately. "He should leave his position for somebody else and [we should] form a new government until we reach the election."
Maliki has defended his moves, claiming to adhere to the power-sharing agreement and the Iraqi constitution.
Last US troops leave Iraq after nine years
A soldier folds up a US flag at Camp Adder, near Nassiriya, before leaving Iraq yesterday with the last US military convoy. All US troops were scheduled to have departed Iraq by December 31st, but local Iraqis working with the soldiers were not told the exact date for security reasons. Photograph: Lucas Jackson /Getty Images
TIM ARANGO and MICHAEL S SCHMIDT in Baghdad
THE LAST convoy of US troops to leave Iraq drove into Kuwait yesterday morning, marking the end of the nearly nine-year war. The convoy’s departure, which included about 110 vehicles and 500 soldiers, came three days after the US military folded its flag in a muted ceremony here to celebrate the end of its mission.
In darkness, the convoy snaked out of Contingency Operating Base Adder, near the southern city of Nasiriyah, at about 2.30am, and headed towards the border.
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By Chris Floyd
In March 2003, the United States of America launched an entirely unprovoked act of military aggression against a nation which had not attacked it and posed no threat to it.
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Iraqi tells Barack Obama you are withdrawing from my country in shame and defeat
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