Monday, July 27, 2015

Iraq: The minimizers and the abusers

The big Iraq question for the day?

Is Luay al-Khatteeb really that much of a stupid, ignorant fool or is he just a liar?

(Secondary question, why did Brookings hire him?)

He's spewed more garbage.  This time with Omar al-Saadoon.

Luay is a defender of bullies and abuse and that is also reason to question why Brookings hired him and continues to work with him.

With Omar al-Saadon, he pretends to write "Iraq's rule of law" but he's only fooling those who never pay attention.

He starts by telling you that Iraq has a (2005) Constitution and then wonders "why does the Rule of Law in Iraq continue to be an urgent issue" blah, blah, blah.

No where in the long and worthless piece does he note that many Iraqi officials want the Constitution re-written.

He writes about the judiciary and the need for it to be independent.

But fails to note -- let alone explore -- how Nouri al-Maliki spent two terms subverting the judiciary's independence.

Over and over, this is the worthless story he tells where key details are left out as he pretends to pursue a line of inquiry.

Meanwhile Andrew Tilghman (Military Times) explores who's controlling the militias in Iraq:

The chain of command in Iraq has frayed since the Islamic State's battlefield victories last year inspired the creation of the so-called Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, a loose-knit patchwork of mostly Shiite militias with scattered loyalties to leaders in both Iraq and Iran.
The PMF are not part of Iraq's Ministry of Defense, which has close ties to the U.S. military after years of receiving money and training from Americans. Instead, the PMF militias operate — technically — under Iraq's Ministry of Interior, which has direct links to Iran.
The head of the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Salem Al-Ghabban, is a Shiite who was imprisoned under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime and later lived and attended a university in Tehran, the capital of Iran. He is a member of the Badr Organization, a Shiite political party with close ties to Tehran.

Iraqi Spring MC notes that the Bard militia grabbed/kidnapped/arrested civilian Hamid al-Samarri in Baquba yesterday and his corpse was discovered today.

It would benefit Iraq tremendously if the US government could stop supporting the militias terrorizing the Iraqi people.

Such as below.

بالفيديو: كيف تتعامل القوات الحكومية مع سائق سيارة الإسعاف .

As Iraqi Spring MC notes, above is how the security forces treat an ambulance driver.

Bonnie reminds that Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Study in Hypocrisy" went up last night.  New content at Third:

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