Often overlooked and sometimes not known or just not reported by the media is that when we invaded Iraq to remove Saddam and get the WMDs we privately had the strong green light by most of the ME leaders such as Eygpt, Iran, Jordan, the Saudis, Kuwait, etc. Publicly, of course their words were often the opposite or quasi-neutral. But the scenario just explained has more than once been such in Middle East activities involving us. Former SecDef Robert Gates that served under both Bush and Obama in his recent best selling and excellent book had a negative view of Maliki. I'm glad we are not there now. Wish we had gotten out way, way earlier than we did. The invasion we did well. After that all we did was screw up the country for good the entire time we were there. Paul Bremer, backed by Rumsfeld was straight from hell.