Sunday, November 10, 2013


Al Mada reports that cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr called on his followers to participate in the parliamentary elections expected to be held in April 2014.  He stated voting is a right and that Iraqis must use their rights for the good of the people.  He encouraged his followers to vote for those who will serve the people.

Clearly that person couldn't be Nouri.  We've noted why many times but click here and look at All Iraq News' photo of a section of Baghdad today.  The cars are almost underwater.  And why?  Rain.  Rain in a country that Nouri's 'led' for over 7 years and never bothered to improve the sewage system.  So when it rains, the water doesn't drain, it stands and floods.

The political season is heating up in Iraq.  Al Mada carries a report on Michael Knights' analysis (to read his analysis -- click here, BBC, in English).  National Iraqi News Agency notes Adel Abdul Mehdi met with National Alliance head Ibrahim al-Jafaari today.

Yesterday, I wrote:

Moqtada and Allawi have support within Iraq.  One other Iraqi does as well -- and he's long been waiting to be prime minister.  I wouldn't be at all surprised if he stepped forward as prime minister this go round.

Adel Abdul Mehdi was the third person I was referring to.

Adel's long had the backing of many, including the international oil industry.  He's been vice president twice.  In 2011, when the Arab Spring was taking place elsewhere and protests were taking place in Iraq, Nouri promised to cure corruption -- in 100 days -- if people would just give him the change.  100 days passed and Nouri did nothing (and he's done nothing since -- probably due to the fact that the Maliki family is the most corrupt).  After Nouri's refusal to address the corruption, Adel Abdul Mehdia resigned as Vice President.

In 2006, Adel Abdul Mehdi was also the CIA's choice and whom they recommended to the White House but the White House wanted Nouri whose outbursts and mental instability led them to believe he'd be very easy to control.

In 2010, Adel Abdul Mehdi hoped to be prime minister and had the support of the international oil industry as well as economic advisers to the White House (Mehdi is an economist) but Barack wanted to keep Nouri.

I'm sorry, we're going to note violence and then wrap up.  I was hoping to fold something in here.  A friend had called and noted a US outlet was writing about Iraq and could I note it?  I said I'd read it and, if possible, include it.  But I noted I would probably either ignore it or slam it based on the outlet's shoddy coverage of Iraq in the past.

I can't include it.  This is so bad it needs its own entry.  It's a fraud pretending to care about Iraq, but not caring enough to get his facts right.  Little whores need to be called out.  And I'll give him his own little entry to be called out in. Especially since he's trying to redeem filthy trash.

Today's violence?

National Iraqi News Agency reports a Shurta bombing left two people injured, a Mosul cafeteria bombing left 4 people dead and sixteen more injured, an armed attack in Falluja left 1 police officer injured and two more injured, eight of Nouri's federal police were injured in a Mosul attack, a Falluja sticky bombing left 1 person dead and another injured, 2 Basra car bomibings left ten people injured, a sticky bombing north of Baghdad left 1 Ministry of Finance employee and her driver dead with three more people left injured, and a Hilla sticky bombing left two people injured.  The Iraq Times identifies the Ministry of Finance employee killed in the bombing today as Bushra Ahmed.

I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
-- "Hejira," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name

 The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4488.

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