Poor State of Law. It's almost as though Nouri al-Maliki had a rule that no one better looking than him could belong to the coalition. And Nouri's the Aunt Patty of Iraq. As Lisa notes in the "Thank God, It's Doomsday" (written by Don Payne) episode of The Simpsons, "Oh, Bart, you look worse than Aunt Patty in the morning. And there ain't nothing looks worse than Aunt Patty in the morning."
State of Law leader Sami al-Askari appears to head the parliamentary coalition just for the gruesome ears alone.
Today, the laughable looking al-Askari offers funny lines as well. Alsumaria reports he's insisting that Nouri al-Maliki is on a popularity trend.
That's so cute.
Nouri's going to attempt to steal another election and they're laying the groundwork (a little late) by insisting that Nouri's suddenly popular.
I guess that's possible, unlikely, but possible. Because Nouri's done such a great job with public services. It's taken him eight years, but he's fixed the electricity problem and . . .
Eight years and he still hasn't fixed the electricity problem?
The Economist notes:
FLY over southern Iraq at night and you get a glimpse of the
dire state of the country’s electricity. The brightest lights shine not
from skyscrapers or roads, as they do in nearby Kuwait City, but from
oilfields, where flares burn useless gas extracted with the crude. Iraq
wastes about 12 billion cubic metres a year of gas this way—more than
Austria’s entire consumption.
Yet Iraq, outside is
autonomous Kurdish region, cannot guarantee its people a reliable
electricity supply for a whole day. While the flaring goes on, Iraq
imports gas from neighbouring Iran at high European prices and
electricity from Turkish barges in the Gulf. Many Iraqis run their own
generators, which account for 8% of the country’s total electricity
supply and can cost a family as much as $1,000 a month—a sixth of
average annual income.
Yeah, there's no increase in Nouri's popularity.
And cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr publicly rebuked him again on Friday.
State of Law will continue to lie because that's all they know how to do.
Glenn C. Alschuler (The Oregonian) reviews former United Nations legal advisor Zaid al-Ali's The Struggle For Iraq's Future which presents the realities of Nouri's Iraq far better than State of Law's spin:
Obsessed with power, and willing to stoke
sectarian tensions to retain it, he argues, they have ignored problems that
threaten the country's existence: skyrocketing unemployment, deteriorating
public services (electricity, water, and education), human rights abuses, and
threats to the environment.
Iraq, Al-Ali demonstrates, is a
powder keg. With 64 percent of its population
under 24 years of age, a fertility rate far above the regional average, and a
"state that has stopped trying to produce anything," he points out, the country
relies almost exclusively on oil revenues.
Through yesterday, Iraq Body Count counts 788 violent deaths in Iraq so far this month. Today the violence continues. National Iraqi News Agency reports a security source states 21 suspects were killed today in Diyala Province, 1 federal police was shot dead "inside the Mosul university campus" and one Iraqi soldier was left injured, a Mosul car bombing left 3 people dead and three injured, a Kirkuk battle left 3 Sahwa dead and two more injured, a southern Baghdad (Dora district) bombing left 1 person dead and another injured, a southern Baghdad roadside bombing (Yusifyah area) left one police member injured, a Mosul bombing left five water department employees injured, and a Mosul car bombing left 1 Iraqi soldier dead and a child injured.
Last night, we noted the strange report by Sameer N. Yacoub (AP) about newspapers in Iraq taking Sunday off to protest the shooting death of Radio Free Iraq's Mohammed Bdaiwi. Yacoub said they all did when, as I noted, they didn't.
Where did Yacoub get the information?
Oh, that's right the US propaganda outlet itself.
They published the story that was the source for AP's report.
If you're not getting how important this death is to the US government, the BBG Board issued two press releases on it. One opens:
The senseless death today of the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL’s Radio
Free Iraq has shocked the members of the Broadcasting Board of
Governors, who called for the immediate arrest of the Iraqi presidential
guard accused in his shooting.
The other opens:
An Iraqi presidential guard has shot dead the Baghdad bureau chief of
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq (RFI), Mohammed Bdaiwi Obaid al-Shammari.
The BBG? "The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is both the name of the independent federal agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media and the name of the board that governs those broadcasts."
Yeah, this is the propaganda outlet that does Voice of Ameirca and all the "Radio Free"s around the world.
It's not about, it's not about journalism. It's propaganda.
A worker for US propaganda dies and BBG issues not one but two press releases?
On a Saturday?
Do you know how rare a White House press release is on a Saturday?
But BBG does two on a Saturday.
That's because propaganda never ends.
Mohammed Bdaiwi was a propagandist. And who knows why he was shot?
He was apparently in an area he wasn't supposed to have been in.
And now the US government is working hard to help tensions reach the boiling part over the death and Nouri and his office can't stop issuing statements (here for one). The US government and Nouri are spreading lies and rumors.
So much so that the First Lady of Iraq, Hero Ibrahim, has had to issue denials about false rumors.
The 'journalist' was killed by a Peshmerga --Kurdish force -- and the US government and Nouri are trying to use the death to stir up animosity against the Kurds. That's the thank you, they had coming. The Kurds again tried to work with the US government last week. A Kurdish MP was thrilled about it and e-mailed this site to insist it was a new day. I dictated back a reply stating that within five days the US government would show how it really feels about the Kurds.
We're seeing it now, aren't we?
The US government has never cared about the Kurds.
They prove it again now as they work overtime to use the death of Mohammed Bdaiwi to stir up resentment and anger at the Kurds.
This is in stark contrast, please note, to what the US government did when a US soldier or US contractor killed an Iraqi. There it was all defense and spin.
The White House is trying to destabilize the Kurdistan Regional Government.
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