IRAQ’S NEW GOVERNMENT….So what does Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani think of the new interim government in Iraq?
The Washington Post said “his words were not enthusiastic” but were still better than anything he had ever said about the old IGC.
The New York Times said Sistani “acknowledged the new Iraqi government in a cautious statement.”
The Associated Press said Sistani had issued a statement “tacitly endorsing the new interim Iraqi government.”
Juan Cole has the translated text of Sistani’s statement at his site, and sure enough, it doesn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement. Apparently we’re still going to have to move very carefully indeed if we want to keep him more or less on our side.