Now that Maliki has overstayed his welcome, the Obama administration has backed the new president of Iraq, Fouad Massoum. The U.S. backed his campaign for president prior to the election, but now that ISIS is taken control of major parts of the country, they are actively attacking Maliki. Remember, Maliki was the U.S.’s choice to run the supposedly “coalition” government of Iraq after 2003. All Maliki did was place Shite politicians in power and drag the country into a civil war. Complete with an almost complete “cleanse” of the Sunni from Baghdad. The real fight in Iraqi politics will be the team of new president Massoum, a Kurd, and new PM Haider al-Abadi, against the Sunni tribes of the north and ISIS. There might also be some interesting developments when the government of the State of Iraq tries to take back control of the oil field now being controlled by the Kurds. Massoum’s ethnicity is sure to make that conflict interesting.
The threat to the region is ISIS. Created by the US destabilization over two decades, US arming of rebels in Syria, the violent removal of Sunnis from the capital area of the Iraq, and direct support from Sunni governments in the region. At the same time the U.S. fights ISIS for control of the oil (through relations with the Kurd), its largest ally in the region backs ISIS.