Iraq has named a prime minister. We word that carefully because we should not say "new." All hopes that this time would be different have slipped away.
He did not nominate two women but Parliament refused to vote on those two.
Let's give AP credit for these two passages:
On the first paragraph, that is what will happen. On the second, that is what happened. But we stood alone in real time in pointing that out. The press repeatedly pretended otherwise. Someone Nouri puts in place, without the Parliament, is not the minister. (After we bitched and moaned forever, some outlets began using "acting minister.") Parliament approval is required to be a Cabinet member. To be removed as a Cabinet member? That goes through the Parliament as well. Bypassing the Parliament meant that Nouri let that person pretend as long as his decisions met with Nouri's approval. It was a puppet.
Now let's grasp just how bad a failure al-Mahdi currently is. ISIS was never defeated in Iraq. The press is pimping the lie that ISIS is back -- it never left. But whether you accept the reality that it never left or the current myth, ISIS remains a huge problem for Iraq. Minister of Defense? Kind of an important position right now. And he's unable to fill it? That does not speak well for al-Mahdi.
Where's the Minister of Defense? To be appointed.
Let's do numbers. The Cabinet has 22 ministers. How many spots did al-Mahdi fill? 14.
This is a leader?
This is someone who can get things done?
I am wondering what happened to Iraq’s PM-designate Adel Abdul-Mahdi's online portal application for those who run for Iraq's 22 Ministries? I am one of those who applied for one of those positions and see myself as qualified as anyone else...
He got a lot of attention for that, al-Mahdi did. Even though the application period had ended, several outlets were still doing pieces on it earlier this week. His announcement was treated as yet another indication that this was the one Iraq had been waiting for. Time and again, we're told this Iraqi (who fled Iraq for years and only returned after the US military invaded in 2003) will be the change agent. And they turn out to be exactly the same as the one that came before.
al-Mahdi's words are treated as reasons to rejoice and then when his actions fail to live up to his words, the media reduces it to a paragraph deep in the story.
It's amazing that the online applications qualified as headline news yet the failure to use those applications is not considered worthy of a headline.
But then re-selling the war requires that the media never tell the harsh truths. You can't keep a war going for 15 years and counting without the help of the media.
Haider al-Abadi out, Adil Abdul-Mahdi officially in vowing a 'new phase' for #Iraq under his premiership
He's vowing a "new phase"? Oh, goody, more words. He's been incapable of living up to his promises thus far in the last month but let's all pretend that's going to change. His first broken promise was that he wouldn't be meeting with foreign officials during his time as prime minister-designate.
The two last ones, from the 24th, are Hayder as prime minister. The ones from two hours ago are al-Mehdi.
At one minute, he insists that they've presented a detailed plan, later on (further up the thread) he's crowing that the Cabinet will meet for the first time today and decided on priorities. Didn't that detailed plan he spoke of earlier do just that?
Words, words, pretty and empty words.
And Iraq's facing real crisis -- that's plural. It's not just ISIS. There are many more. For example, this:
OMG. While all eyes on formation of new #Iraqi govt, drought crisis hit the country strongly, according to Iraqi Agriculture Ministry,the country will lose 55% of agricultural land within the next 12 months. If this happened in another country will be declared state of emergency!
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