Who's in Charge of Iraq Right Now? We Don't Know

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Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg’s Phil Mattingly updates the latest news out of Iraq as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki deployed troops and tanks on the streets of Baghdad as the U.S. continues air strikes against Islamic militants in the north of the country. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

You know where syria is.

Do we know where baghdad is this morning?

What is the state of affairs?

It is in a bad place.

They're just trying to wake up.

The issue is, they are involved in such a roller coaster.

Yesterday was a very positive day up north.

They made gains.

The u.s. feels very vindicated, if there is any question that the airstrikes have been extraordinarily helpful.

The political resolution is the most important thing the president said over and over.

It took a major step back.

There will be no long-term solution if there is not some type of resolution in baghdad.

What is going on with maliki now it's concerning.

Do we support mr.



u.s. officials have always been very careful.

We are speaking two months ago behind the scenes about something we made clear.

They would like a new prime minister.

Even the president announced a potential airstrike last week.

He noted that they won a new prime minister.

Last night, 15 minutes after he gave a short statement on tv, the top state department official in iraq quickly went on to twitter and said plain and simple, the u.s. supports the president, they have no support for maliki.

They are just going all out now.

In addition to everything that is going on a park, we actually do not know who is in charge of iraq now.

It is difficult, right?

I think year.

-- yeah.

I am trying to figure out a way to make this sound logical, and there just is not.

Malkiki has lost the vast majority of support.

The main individual that the shiites listen to has criticized politicians and clung to power.

He took a direct shot at al-maliki.

However, maliki has control over special forces.

As long as that exists, that is a dangerous game being played.

The most interesting thing is the overlay of the religion and the different sects of islam, with where the united states is now.

We are beholden to centuries of history here.

It seems like only foreigners want to redraw the lines that were put down.

It is incredible we are talking about that.

If president obama says there is no military solution, what is next?

We heard senator mccain and senator graham going on the airwaves, saying that airstrike should be the next part of the equation.

Is this inevitable here?

I think the statements about having no timeline here has certainly spooked democrats.

I said the president has not gotten any major blowback, but that changed this weekend.

There is no firm deadline.

I will say, every official i have talked to has said that airstrikes in syria are not on the sttable.

You will hear pressure from republicans to do more.

You're starting to see democrats move away from the president on this.

There's a former guideline in place on how long this will last and how my strikes there will be.

You're going to lose top people.

There's also a whiff of an american power struggle too.

Hillary told the atlantic that she would have done things completely different in syria.

There's also a new reality within the beltway.

The interesting thing is, we have all been expecting hillary clinton to start breaking away from the administration at some point.

She has to, if you just look at the numbers that president obama is bringing to the table.

On foreign policy come issue is more of a hawk on syria than the president was.

There was a fantastic interview with jeffrey goldberg.

She was so sharp with her criticism.

The statement that the president keeps bring to the table is do not do stupid stuff.

That is one of the key forms of his foreign-policy doctrine.

She not only repeated it and criticized it, but you took a big step away from him today.

That just does not help the scenario.

Phil, thank you for making us smarter on a monday morning.


She did not just step away, she dropped the match on her way out the door.

This is the twitter question, is hillary right?

Should we have done more in syria?

Discuss, absolutely.

Coming back, we will talk about assessing the risk in eastern ukraine and why the markets are unconcerned.

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