Answering a question at a press conference today at a Northrop Grumman plant in Palmdale, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to resign as head of the Iraqi government.
“My own view is that he should resign. The problem is who would replace him, what does that mean, and what are the implications?
“I think Maliki has been a failure. Parliament doesn’t show up for work. The ministers walk out. And he can’t meet the benchmarks he set for himself. There are Shia against Shia, and Shia against Sunni.
“Iraq has become very destabilized and the leadership is not adequate. So, my view is that he should resign.”
Feinstein’s statement comes the same day that a new, unclassified summary of a National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq notes “measurable but uneven improvements” regarding the security situation in Iraq, but questions al-Maliki’s ability to effect political reconciliation and unify Iraq.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, issued this statement:
“In today’s National Intelligence Estimate, the American people were presented with yet more evidence that the Iraqi government has failed to take the necessary steps to reach political reconciliation. Our military has performed their duties excellently, but the purpose of the escalation in Iraq was to create a secure environment in which political change could occur, and it is clear that the Iraqi leaders have failed to make progress.
“We need a New Direction to bring our troops home from Iraq so that America can refocus its efforts against terrorism worldwide.”