OK, is it just me or are we now supporting two sides in Iraq's civil war/violent meltdown? On the one hand, we back Maliki's government, which gets its support from Shiite militia factions and is generally seen as favoring dominance of the Shiite majority. On the other hand, apparently the US is embarking on a strategy of countering Iran's influence by supporting Sunni extremists
The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh has a stunning new article out, describing new Bush administration efforts to intervene in Iraq’s civil war, siding with Saudi-backed Sunni extremists in the hopes of stemming the Shia influence backed by Iran. The result of the strategy is U.S. payments to Sunni groups with ties to al Qaeda, without congressional oversight.
If this article is at all accurate, how do we know these Sunni extremists won't just give our money to Al Qaeda, or use it to attack our troops in Iraq or Afghanistan? Our Mideast policy is so self-contradictory and self-defeating I don't even know where to begin. Impeaching Cheney and Bush might be a good place to start.