DiFi calls for al-Maliki to resign

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.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.