US pushing for Maliki to step down in exchange for air support to battle ISIS militants

by The Daily Lede

The Obama Administration believes the Iraqi Prime Minister, Maliki, would be unable to bring stability to an extremely volatile landscape and would rather see Iraq’s political parties form a new government without Mr. Maliki as head of the new ruling coalition.  In addition, a growing number of US lawmakers along with some Arab allies, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are pressing the White House to pull its support for Mr. Maliki in exchange for their assistance in the stabilization process of the region.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) told a congressional hearing Wednesday: “The Maliki government, candidly, has got to go if you want any reconciliation.”  One can only guess who they will choose to head up the new ruling party.