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Maliki's Iraq: Kerry's new diplomatic mission impossible

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Department of State in Washington, June 20, 2014Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend plunges back into the tumultuous Middle East seeking to overcome sectarian divisions in Iraq, amid US frustration with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. While American leaders have stopped short of calling for Maliki to step down — arguing that it is up to the Iraqis to choose their own leaders — they have left little doubt that they feel the Shiite premier has squandered the opportunity to rebuild his country since US troops withdrew in 2011. “We gave Iraq the chance to have an inclusive democracy. To work across sectarian lines, to provide a better future for their children,” President Barack Obama told CNN Friday.

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