Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Haider thinks its death or his 'reforms' -- could be both

It took a little while but he found his way to the thug side.  Haider al-Abadi, installed as prime minister of Iraq by the White House in the fall of 2014, spends his days lately insisting he's accomplished something.

No one knows what because,  like Hillary Clinton, Haider really can't point to much more than words and photo ops.

But he can tear into others and today that's Human Rights Watch.

Alsumaria reports that he's accused the human rights organization of inciting sectarianism.

He further insisted that the report was full of distortions.

While we're all pleased to discover Haider's learned to read, the response is typical to Nouri al-Maliki's responses when he reigned supreme as chief thug and prime minister.

Of the report, HRW's deputy Middle East director Joe Stork had said Saturday, "Iraqi authorities need to discipline and hold accountable the out-of-control militias laying waste to Sunni homes and shops after driving ISIS out."

Little chance of that happening when Haider won't even admit reality.

HRW's Aurelie Poelhekke has a question:

  • Probably past time.

    Alsumaria notes Nouri's State of Law has also condemned the report so Haider's in trashy company where fleas and bed bugs abound.

    Meanwhile, Haider continues to insist that his consolidation of power in the office of prime minister is "reform" and not the power grab that it actually is.  Alsumaria reports he has stated he would sooner die than abandon his "reforms."

    Oh, Haider.

    It's not an either/or.

    You could have both -- death and abandoning your reforms.

    Wael Grace (Al Mada) reports on the latter, efforts by the Shi'ite National Alliance

    What has helped Haider thus far is Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's edicts.

    Thus far.

    al-Sistani's taken a hit in popularity and authority by entering into the political arena.

    Like Hillary Clinton, as a free floating concept, al-Sistani enjoys popularity.  But when he advocates for specifics and gets 'in your face,' the popularity tends to slip.

    Maybe an 85-year-old man isn't the best basket to put all your eggs in, Haider?

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