Chalabi Wobbles But He Won’t Fall Down

Iraqi election results have been tallied, giving the Shiite alliance a slim margin. But the big question: What kind of position will Ahmad “Never Say Die” Chalabi grab?

According to the New York Times, “one of the American Embassy’s most important diplomats, Robert Ford,” met with Chalabi to “assess what the next Iraqi government, perhaps with Mr. Chalabi in a senior post, was planning for the future.”

This is the same Ahmad Chalabi who, caught feeding the White House outright fabrication about the Iraqi WMD threat, crowed he and his buddies were “heroes in error.”

The same Ahmad Chalabi who may have “supplied sensitive information about U.S. security operations in Baghdad to the Iranian government.”

The same Ahmad Chalabi who has worked closely with Moqtada al-Sadr, the militant cleric who led violent uprisings against U.S. troops in Iraq.

The same Ahmad Chalabi who is a fugitive from the law after being convicted in absentia of embezzling millions of dollars from a bank in Jordan and sentenced to 22 years of hard labor.

Ahmad Chalabi is a power-mad opportunist willing to play any angle to grab control in Iraq. It’s far past time for the U.S. to finally drop the Chalabi.