01/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

So Much For The Makeover: Iraq Condemns Israeli Bombardment

Matt Duss is making sense, and bringing the conflict in Gaza into larger perspective:

Of the various premises on which the U.S. invasion of Iraq was sold to the American people, one of the most bizarre was that a post-Saddam Iraqi government would be friendly to Israel. As with claims about WMD and Al Qaeda connections, this one has proved to be a work of imagination.

Just as they did during Israel's 2006 war against Hezbollah, Iraq's leaders are now showing where their true sympathies lie. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Da'wa Party "issued a statement condemning the attacks and calling on Islamic countries to cut relations with Israel and end all 'secret and public talks' with it."

For fun, I'd like to point out that this particular nugget of fairytale realpolitik came straight from the mouth of Ahmad Chalabi, who I have previously, and correctly, catalogued as a criminal and a liar.

Anyway, it's safe to say that the notion that Iraq would be brought into alignment with Israel at the point of an occupier's bayonet is one of those stunningly superficial ideas that are almost embarrassing to listen to.