Former RNC chairman and now Gov. of Mississippi Haley Barbour and his firm Barbour Griffith & Rogers are behind the strong lobbying efforts to get rid of Maliki. They have been doing an email campaign to promote their client, former interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, as an alternative to al-Maliki.
Excuse me but isn’t Allawi the guy that the Iraqis we all too happy to get rid of”? Allawi was the one who provided intelligence about alleged weapons of mass destruction that Bush so proudly touted to get us to invade
Obviously taking Allawi on as a client is all about the money the firm will get. In typical Republican fashion they will make a bad situation worse just to make a profit. They are truly the party of the war profiteers.
- Asked earlier why Republican lobbyists would want to undercut the administration’s public statements, Johndroe said, “Maybe it’s a really good contract.”
- The lobbying firm boasts the services of two onetime foreign policy hands of President Bush: Ambassador Robert Blackwill, the former deputy national security adviser who was Bush’s envoy to Iraq and helped form Allawi’s interim government in 2004, and Philip Zelikow, former counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
- Ingrid Henick, a vice president for Barbour Griffith & Rogers, confirmed the firm has signed a contract to “provide strategic counsel for and on behalf of Dr. Allawi.”
- Henick refused to comment on why such a prominent Republican firm would work to hurt al-Maliki, whom President Bush has repeatedly backed as the best hope for forging political reconciliation in
- The e-mails to congressional staffers came from the e-mail address DrAyadAllawi@Allawi-for-Iraq.com.
- But the bottom of the e-mail added this note of disclosure to congressional aides: “Barbour Griffith & Rogers, LLC has filed registration statements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act with regard to its representation and dissemination of information on behalf of Dr. Ayad Allawi.”
- One Republican congressional aide who received the e-mails this week expressed surprise that a lobbying firm with such close ties to the White House would attack al-Maliki at such a pivotal time on the debate over the war, just weeks before Bush provides a progress report to the nation.