An American report criticizes Al-Kazemi’s “failure” and questions Al-Sudani’s courage, and suggests the “Alaska model”
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Shafaq News/ The American "1945" website questioned the ability of the Prime Minister-designate to form the Iraqi government, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, to carry out reforms in the country, considering that
hand hygiene is not enough alone in the face of corruption, because many refuse to allow change within the system, at a time when he criticized The outgoing Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, was severely criticized for his failures in the areas of corruption and security.
And the site considered in a report written by Michael Rubin, a specialist in Middle East issues and foreign policy, and translated by Shafak News Agency, that
"history will not be kind to Mustafa Al-Kazemi," adding that
there was broad optimism in Washington and most of the West when Al-Kazemi, a human rights researcher, arrived. And the respected security technocrat and journalist, came to power in light of the anti-corruption protests.
The report indicated that Al-Kazemi did not have electoral legitimacy and was appointed, but
he was "the man of the moment", as the Iraqis at that time assigned him to directly reform and break the system in which party leaders exploit their positions for themselves at the expense of the Iraqis who were angry because their country extracted hundreds of worth of oil. Billions of dollars since Washington toppled Saddam Hussein's regime, but their country's infrastructure resembles Yemen, not Dubai." He pointed out that
"Al-Kazemi disappointed in every mission," pointing to his
- failure to reform the electoral law, and
his silence in dealing with corruption issues, as
he chose to appease party leaders in the hope that they would support him assuming a second term.
The American report added that
“Al-Kazemi, instead of breaking the system, became involved in it, even if he rejected corruption," noting that
"Al-Kazemi also failed on the security front," explaining that
"the militias run by Iran prospered during Al-Kazemi's era," and that Al-Kazemi justified his position.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey's attacks on Iraqi soil. While the report indicated that
"Al-Kazemi achieved real success in the issue of foreign policy," he emphasized building his achievements on the initiatives of his predecessors, noting that
"Al-Kazemi was right when he said that Adel Abdul-Mahdi left behind the treasury of Iraq looted and empty,
but his success in securing The huge employee payrolls came after they benefited more from higher oil prices than any real reform.”
After the report asked whether Al-Sudani would succeed where Al-Kazemi failed, he said the speculation about that is not certain, but
he added that Al-Sudani is a competent manager, and
he was superior to his peers in Maysan governorate for more than a decade, and that
Al-Sudani when he was a minister in the government of Nuri al-Maliki He remained single-handedly clean while the others were implicated in corruption. The US report added,
"Past cleanliness is not enough in Iraq, as many are indebted to corruption and refuse to allow any change to the regime that has strengthened their power." He pointed out that
"Iraq's politicians and intellectuals admit that the country needs a new charter, because the system established by the current constitution is not effective, but many will resist reform.
Therefore, achieving a new constitution in the absence of a revolution will be impossible."
The report suggested adopting the "Alaska model" and establishing a sovereign wealth fund, recalling that the late Iraqi leader,
Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi, had put forward the idea that the best model for Iraq and its oil wealth is the Alaska model. Chalabi suggested, according to the report, that
"the Iraqi government opens a bank account for every man, woman and child in Iraq to deposit shares of the oil revenues,
but some thinkers such as Farid Yassin, who later became Iraq's ambassador to Washington, opposed the idea, warning that such a mechanism These financial payments will not be a stimulus to action, and will strengthen the clan oligarchy."
The report pointed out that while Farid Yassin was right on this last point, the system that was implemented by financing the bureaucracy did not affect Iraq, adding that
"the current system stifles business." The American report considered,
"Removing tens of billions of dollars from Iraq's income would reduce the possibilities of corruption. It added that
the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund might reduce the spoils that political factions are able to fight over." The report concluded by saying that
"Iraq is too important to fail, but the disappointment with Al-Kazemi, and
the absence of any meaningful reforms, are messages to the Iraqi street, that the best opportunity for change may be through violence." The US report concluded, saying that
"the fear of this dynamic is what enables the United States, Europe, moderate Arab countries and international lenders, to direct it in order to compel Iraqis to reduce the opportunity for corruption and invest in the new generation."