Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Iraq today

Another day in Iraq, another pretense at progress.

Speaker escorted by his bodyguards to enter the Parliament earlier today.This is how a failed state looks like

Today, the Parliament's supposed to possibly address the proposals of US-installed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The US has sent Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Cater and Gen Joseph Dunford (Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) to Iraq in recent weeks to convey the White House position (Barack himself is apparently afraid to visit Iraq as president): We stand with our puppet.

Haider proposed the current Cabinet of Ministers to Parliament back in the fall of 2014 and Parliament voted them into office.

Now he just can't work with them, he insists.

And he wants a do-over.

That doesn't exist in the Iraqi Constitution.

Nor does the way Haider's attempting to go about replacing them.

But it's what the US government wants so it's what gets shoved ahead.

And since it's what's the US government wants, western reporters don't feel the need to ever point out that Haider's attempts go against the country's constitution.

The silly Tweet things like this:

Thousands of protestors crossing Jumhooriya bridge towards IZ entrance.

What do we learn from that?

Very little.

It's the followers of Moqtada al-Sadr.

The followers of Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada are the ones gathered.

It wasn't spontaneous.

It's not even a real protest.

It's Moqtada giving the Sadr zombies their marching orders -- which he did on Saturday.

But these protesters or 'protesters'?

Not the ones that the Speaker of Parliament has to be protected from.

Those protesters are inside the Parliament, they are Members of Parliament.

Recent sessions have resulted in screaming matches, threats of violence and more -- and that's just between the MPs.

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