CADAVERS NANCY PELOSI AND HARRY REID PUSHED THROUGH THE TAX CUTS -- FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE BUSH TAX CUTS -- THIS WEEK BUT REFUSED TO JOIN BARRY O FOR A SIGNING CERMONY IN A BRAVE STAND ON PRINCIPLE.
NANCY WAS TOO BUSY ENSURING THAT HER USELESS DAUGHTER WAS APPOINTED THE HEAD OF YOUNG DEMOCRATS. NOTED ONE OBSERVER, "AT 42, SHE'S A LITTLE OLD TO BE CONSIDERED A YOUNG DEMOCRAT." THE REPLY, OF COURSE, IS: WELL HAVE YOU LOOKED AT HER MOTHER?
CHRISTINE PELOSI'S NEW JOB CONTINUES THE LONG TRADITION OF NEPOTISM IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WHERE LEADERS AND 'LEADERS' ENSURE THAT THEIR UNEMPLOYABLE CHILDREN GET CUSHY JOBS SUCH AS PUTTING SON-OF-TOM NATHAN DASCHLE IN CHARGE OF THE DGA -- AN ORGANIZATION WHOSE SOLE TASK IS TO ELECT DEMOCRATS AS STATE GOVERNORS. AND WE ALL SAW HOW THAT WORKED OUT.
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That's really all that was worth saying. A number of articles were written -- some passing as analysis, none worth linking to. But Hoshyar Zebari, Foreign Minister of Iraq, held a press briefing after the meeting and I am surprised his remarks weren't covered. We'll note his opening statement in full:
First, the Obama administration played a key role in Sunnifying the Iraqi nationalism of Iraqiyya so that it could be more acceptable to Iran: By encouraging Iraqiyya to accept a junior, "Sunni" role in a power-sharing arrangement for the next government where the Iranian-supported Shiite parties clearly have the upper hand, Washington basically gave Iran what it wanted in Iraq in terms of a politics defined in sectarian fronts. To add insult to injury advisers to Obama went on to spin the US involvement in the affair as a triumph of American diplomacy against Iran! Today the US government went a little further: To celebrate the latest "progress", it decided it was time for the UN Security Council to give up some of what little remains of outside-world leverage in Iraq, including a formal termination of the oil-for-food programme and restrictions relating to weapons of mass destruction.
Once again, the people of Kurdistan have realized that neither the media nor those who raised a brouhaha over President Barzani's statement about self-determination seem to have understood or want to understand what the new Iraq is about.
Barzani has been under fire for publicly stating that Kurds have a right to self-determination, an argument that is not new. He was simply repeating a long-held Kurdish position on self-determination.
This should not have shocked anyone -- but the exaggerated, critical response to Barzani's statement shows that the new reality of Iraq is not accepted by everyone.
Again, this was news when it happened and remains news now. Barzani's party (KDP) won in the July 2009 elections, destroyed Jalal Talabani's party (PUK), due to the fact that Barzani knows not to call Kurdish independence a "dream" that won't and can't come true. It was a signal to Kurds in Iraq and across the globe and it's part of the leveraging that the US press is ignoring but is going on currently as Barzani attempts to play maybe-we-walk to force Nouri to make additional concessions to the Kurds or risk tanking his shot at a second term as prime minister.
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