Calls for Al-Maliki to step down amid Iraqi conflict
President Obama is weighing the U.S. response to the growing insurgency in Iraq. Powerful critics, both in Washington and the Arab States, say they want Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step aside for the sake of peace. Reports have unidentified sources at the White House stating that al-Maliki is not the person who can unify the warring factions. These officials, and Arab diplomats, want al-Maliki’s resignation as a precondition to U.S. airstrikes against Sunni insurgents, along with a political transition to a new government that would include, Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties. We’ll talk about the political upheaval and President Obama's statement this morning with Helena Cobban, a Middle East analyst and publisher of the blog, Just World News.
(photo: President Barack Obama talks about his administration's response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais))