Lewis W. Diuguid

Iraqi president appeals to U.S. for more weapons

Updated: 2013-11-06T00:41:07Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Barack Obama spoke as if they were heading the National Rifle Association in the United States.

“Violence (in Iraq) remains at record lows,” Obama said in a joint news conference with the Iraqi leader. Yet bombings in Iraq two years after U.S. troops left are up radically, The New York Times reports. Accompanying the bombings are many injuries and deaths. Al-Qaida is back and strong, and terrorist groups have swelled into the Syrian civil war.

Al-Maliki is appealing to Obama and the U.S. for more firepower to make for a more polite Iraq. It sounds like a Second Amendment, NRA appeal for more arms.

But al-Maliki is asking for Apache helicopter gunships, Hellfire missiles and more U.S. intelligence and other counterterrorism support. It’s the Clint Eastwood approach to getting the diverse, war torn population to live in peace.

Good luck getting America’s politically hogtied Congress to act — unless the NRA lobby tells lawmakers to.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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