Foreign Policy incites blackmail of Iraq through strategic dialogue with America
10:39 - 05/05/2020
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In an article on the upcoming strategic dialogue between [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and the United States next June, the American Foreign Policy magazine called on the administration of President Donald Trump to take what she called "tougher conditions" for American support for Iraq.
She stated in the magazine in her article, which was translated by the agency, "Information" that "the United States will start next June supposed to address all issues in their bilateral relationship, including the presence of American forces," saying that " [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is the zero point in the US-Iranian confrontation and that It is difficult not to feel that relations between the United States and Iraq will float on the surface, and it is a good thing that the American president should confirm. It is time for Washington to reevaluate its [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] policy[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]Over the past year, the relationship has grown increasingly toward stagnation from the point of view of American interests. ”
“Since 2003, the United States has provided [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] with hundreds of millions of dollars in economic and military aid, as well as critical diplomatic support. This support was based on the assumption that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] will emerge over time as a major partner in maintaining stability and security in the Middle East. Instead, the Iraqi government is increasingly moving in the opposite direction.
"Therefore, at the heart of the Trump administration's approach, there must be the introduction of stricter conditions for American support, and this is a matter of necessity as much as it is an option because the Corona pandemic and its economic repercussions will put unprecedented pressure on the US budget for years to come and so from now on, it will not There will be tolerance of foreign aid programs that fail to obtain a clear profit for American interests, "the report said.
He continued, "The time has come to put some difficult options before the Iraqi government, and you must fully realize the amount of its loss if it does not begin to show some minimal design at least to resist what it called the" Iranian influence "and fight for Iraqi sovereignty," according to the expression of the report.
The report stated that “there are about 600 million dollars that the Trump administration is seeking to obtain for training and equipping the Iraqi forces this year, in addition to the decisive contributions that the US military is making to Iraqi counter-terrorism operations in terms of logistics, intelligence and the Air Force combat. The administration will also request more than $ 120 million to support the Iraqi economy and other programs, including the removal of landmines. In addition, the United States has long served as a major advocate for Iraq in obtaining billions of dollars in economic aid from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Perhaps more importantly, the New York Federal Reserve maintains a dollar account of Iraqi foreign reserves and annually bills the country's billions of dollars in bills to keep its cash-based economy afloat.
He explained that “in the absence of American support, the economic and security situation in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , which is already depressing, will slide further and further into the disaster. Especially in the context of the current collapse in world oil prices (a source of 90 percent of the Iraqi government's revenue), so the last thing Iraq can lose is political, economic, and military support for its strongest international donor.
He pointed out that “this constitutes a great influence for the United States that it can exploit in the strategic dialogue in next June. This influence will be higher if Washington allows Baghdad to know that its increasing acceptance of relations with Iran could place [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] increasingly in the range of US punitive measures - from travel bans and asset freezes.” Against senior political leaders to targeted strikes against sanctioned crowd leaders. Even the restrictions imposed on the ability of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]On selling oil, similar to the sanctions imposed on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , it can be put reliably on the table to further strengthen the position of American bargaining.
The report also called for what he called "violent repression" of peaceful protests, punishment for the neglected, and the establishment of a serious national dialogue with the protest movement. Ended / 25 z