Are you ready for another “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia” moment from the Orwell Bush administration? Ready or not, here we go, says the Washington Post today:

Senior military commanders here now portray the intransigence of Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government as the key threat facing the U.S. effort in Iraq, rather than al-Qaeda terrorists, Sunni insurgents or Iranian-backed militias.

In more than a dozen interviews, U.S. military officials expressed growing concern over the Iraqi government’s failure to capitalize on sharp declines in attacks against U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians.

Why, yes, now that you ask — that is the same government is one whose election the Bushites praised to the skies TV airwaves and was describing as its stalwart ally earlier this year.

In a way, I’m glad they’re finally acknowledging a reality that I’ve been writing about for four years on my blog — contrary to depictions of Iraq’s government as a willing friend or mere puppet, the fractious Shiite alliance in charge of it has very different goals than Dubya and has been engaged in an unbelievably prolonged wrestling match to pursue those goals while ignoring ours (and getting us to fight their enemies without coming to blows with the American military themselves).

The larger point now, though, is that those guys were elected in voting that the Bushites failed to steal wholeheartedly endorsed.  And yet, if GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham is to be believed (umm… don’t answer that), our government is now starting to “look for other horses to support.”

Apparently democracy in countries like Iraq (or, for that matter, Pakistan, where Dubya & Co. are now casting envious glances in the direction of a military coup) is only worthwhile if the people who are elected do what the U.S. government wants. I guess that purple ink wasn’t so indelible after all.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Curt Cashour)