The moves drew a stern rebuke from Secretary of State John Kerry, who warned Maliki against using Iraq’s military for political purposes and said that any use of force would lead Washington and its allies to cut off their aid to Iraq.
“One thing all Iraqis need to know, that there will be little international support of any kind whatsoever for anything that deviates from the legitimate constitutional process that is in place and being worked on now,” he said.
This is hilarious.
The US threatened to cut off aid to Egypt and, in fact, did so, to some extent. So one of the major players in the region, Saudi Arabia, stepped in and covered the shortfall.
If Obama cuts off aid to Maliki, Iran will do likewise.
This is a war between Shia and Sunni in Iraq. Iran would be delighted if the U.S. threw away whatever leverage it still has on Maliki, leaving them a clear field.
And if that happens, look for “volunteers” from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to make short work of ISIL.
By the way, you do understand the true nature of Obama’s threat to cut off aid, right? He’s saying that he will cut off the endless source of boodle upon which the Maliki regime is battening.