2 scoops of detachment
several dashes of look-the-other-way
1 bag of self-righteous anger
3 tablespoons of gullible
Start with two scoops of detachment as your puppet terrorizes the people, bombs residential areas, has rival politicians arrested, etc.
Add several dashes of look-the-other-way as responses to the puppet's actions (including violence) multiply.
Mix in one bag of self-righteous anger, pop ingredients into a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes allowing the mixture to rise or 'puff.'
Remove from oven and allow to cool as you and untrusty puppet make various agreements.
Spread with healthy topping of gullible.
Slice and serve. Reminder, the dish goes bad very quickly so serve the press first.
Barack's pulling his Punk'd Pie out of the oven right now.
Remember? Iraq requires a political solution, he insisted.
Remember? Nothing was going to happen until 'the government' (thug Nouri al-Maliki) demonstrated a willingness to include all segments of society.
Then Barack sent in US troops to secure the US embassy and to be advisors.
Nouri got what he wanted without doing a damn thing.
It's Wednesday which means Nouri takes to TV to deliver his weekly 'I hate Sunnis and Kurds' speech. He offered a twist today. To form a national salvation government, Alsumaria quotes him stating, would be a coup against the Constitution. DPA reminds:
The U.S. has pushed for an inclusive government in Baghdad, citing charges by minority Kurds and Sunnis that Mr. al-Maliki, a Shia, has marginalised them during eight years of rule.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the call on Monday during talks with officials in Baghdad.Mr. al-Maliki, who has been in power since 2006, eyes a third term.
Nayla Razzouk and Selcan Hacaoglu (Bloomberg News) add, "Politicians including former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi as well as Shiite leaders who had helped bring Maliki to power have called on him to step down to allow the formation of a unity government to counter the advance of Sunni militants threatening to break up Iraq. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has also urged Iraqi leaders to form a more inclusive government " BBC's Richard Galpin offers an analysis which includes:
It was Mr Maliki's political rival Ayad Allawi who raised the issue of a national salvation government which the prime minister has so firmly rejected.
But it seems Mr Maliki is also firing a warning shot across the bows of the international community.
The United States in particular has been putting intense pressure on him to ensure a new government is formed as quickly as possible, with a broad spectrum of politicians.
NPR's Bill Chappell quotes Deborah Amos stating of the speech, "The prime minister lashed out, calling any attempts to form a unity government a coup against the constitution and Iraq's democracy. The U.S. has pushed for a more inclusive government, one that represents all religious and ethnic groups. Iraqi politicians widely blame Maliki for failing to reach past his Shiite Muslim political base."
And that's how you make Punk'd Pie.
Turning to some of today's reported violence, Alsumaria notes that the security forces are stating they killed 20 people and wounded fifty more via various air bombings throughout Tikrit, they also state they killed 12 people in Salahuddin Province via bombings, and an Ishaqi roadside bombing killed 4 Iraqi soldiers and left a fifth injured. National Iraqi News Agency adds 1 corpse was discovered in Shula, 1 person was shot dead in Shurta al-Rabaa, Salahuddin Operations Command states they killed 1 rebel leader, rebels killed 4 Sahwa in Hawija, and security forces state they killed 36 people in Jurf al-Sakar. All Iraq News reports Ad Hussein al-Jobouri was shot dead in an Erbil hotel, a Baquba battle left 2 Peshmerga dead, and a Jalawla mortar attack left 2 people dead and four more injured. Through yesterday, Iraq Body Count counts 3156 violent deaths for the month so far.
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