Major partners in Iraq's governing coalition are in behind-the-scenes talks to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki amid discontent over his failure to quell raging violence, according to lawmakers involved.
The talks are aimed at forming a new parliamentary bloc that would seek to replace the current government and that would likely exclude supporters of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who is a vehement opponent of the U.S. military presence.
Thing is, Maliki is part of the reason why the US Military is holding back a bit. So perhaps the Iraqis are as tired of it as we are. If he gets the boot, I'll be interested to see what happens next.