March 31, 2010
Posted: 1936 GMT

Check out my interview with probable future Prime Minister of Iraq Ayad Allawi. He said he's ready to be Prime Minister, that U.S. troops should leave as planned under the Status of Forces Agreement and that accusations he won with ex-Baathist political allies are a "joke."

Listen to the full interview here:

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Padma Sethi   March 31st, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Hala, brilliant interview and asking good questions but Allawi was rumbling about his thoughts of what voters want him to do and how he can facilitate them as PM.
When asked about his Baathist connections he was vague and protective, the danger is his premiership could be dictated by shadow Baathist taking control of Iraq increasing the chance of sectorianism with Maliki Shite supports, evidence by his indirect dialogue (his people spoke to people of Maliki was not good leadership in the making) with Maliki about coalition.
If Allawi want to be a Coalition leader -PM, then he has to discuss matters eye to eye with Maliki or other provincial leaders and not leave it to his people.
But your question on US extended stay, Allawi appear confident that US should get out as plan, this is alarming where he may have a hidden agenda. Although he mentioned about 'Policitcal Reform Bill' and Reconciliation for National unity, he rumbles and appear uncertain how he could attain them in a coalition.
The danger is Iraq under Allawi could end up being a New Baathist Party; this statement may appear hearsey but possibilities are there as Allawi has a dark side.

A. Smith, Oregon   April 2nd, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Of course American troops will leave Iraq, now that the major Big Oil corporations have secured the leases on the major Oil Fields in Iraq, it's mission accomplished.

With Saudi Oil fields peaked out and declining, Guess What, there's plenty of new oil in American leased fields in Iraq.

The Bush Family values is entirely built on Big Oil, its no surprise this faux war in Iraq which cost over 4,000 brave soldiers lives and close to 1 million Iraq's lives was nothing but a invasion to secure those huge Oil leases which Saddam certainly would not have allowed.

Mohan   September 2nd, 2012 8:09 pm ET

Thanks for all of the comments. I think Tim Olsen risaes a very good question. Yet, I agree with Emily that credibility is important. A major problem with U.S. intervention even to protect Iraqi Sunni parties who are being banned of participating in a simple democratic election by Ahmad Chalabi's politically motivated judicial commission is that it lessens credibility in Iraqi democracy which will simply be seen as an American backed puppet (and already is) throughout the Arab world. The more the U.S. intervenes in Iraq, the more both sides discredit the Iraqi state as illegitimate.I think Josh Kuyers is right that the majority of Iraq is Shiite, and it makes sense for Shiite candidates to outnumber Sunni Iraqis in the Iraqi government. He is also right that boycotting an election makes little sense especially since you simply lose representation in government. Yet the essential question is the one that Halima raised that of barring candidates from even running for elections. Why are the more activist Shiite parties so afraid of a free and fair election if they outnumber the Sunnis so much? Maybe because a major contender for the next election is (Shiite) Iyad Allawi's party which includes many Sunnis and may actually succeed to achieve a government of national unity and reconciliation even if they don't win an outright majority.The fact of the matter is that many Iraqi Shiites differ from Iranian backed Shiite parties and would not vote for the pro-Iran Shiite Iraqi parties such as the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, or Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki's more moderate Dawa Party. Because Allawi's party, and other Sunni parties are seen as a threat if they receive a substantial percentage of the vote in a free and fair election, Maliki and Chalabi seem content on basically stealing the election through banning viable Sunni candidates under the pretense of stopping Baathism.

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