IT'S LIKE 2008 ALL OVER AGAIN. HILLARY SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT BARACK AND HIS PIT BULLS COME OUT.
LIKE AN, AGED DINER WAITRESS, DAVID AXELROD STEPS UP SINGING SLASS AND HASH.
REACHED FOR COMMENT AFTER, AXELROD SAID TO THESE REPORTERS, "SOMEONE HAS TO CALL HER OUT, SOMEONE HAS TO. NOW DO YOU BOYS WANT SOME DESSERT OR CAN I GET YOUR BILL?"
If someone refused to step down from office when their term was over, most people would call the man or woman "insane." AFP goes with the softer sounding "defiant" to describe Nouri al-Maliki.
In a scene similar to what many of us on the left in the US feared might happen in 2008, a leader is refusing to leave office. In fairness to Bully Boy Bush, he remains in Dallas and did vacate the White House in January 2009. But the man he insisted (in 2006) become prime minister, the same man that US President Barack Obama insisted (in 2010) remain prime minister just doesn't want to take the hint and go.
The chief thug and outgoing prime minister of Iraq doesn't want to leave office.
The Associated Press is calling it a "foreign policy crisis."
What is the foreign policy crisis?
US President Barack Obama explained this evening from Martha's Vineyard, "Today, Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort. Last month, the Iraqi people named a new President. Today, President Masum named a new Prime Minister designate, Dr. Haider al-Abadi. Under the Iraqi constitution, this is an important step towards forming a new government that can unite Iraq’s different communities."
Nouri, the man who brought the Iraq government to a standstill in 2010 when he refused to step down as prime minister after losing the election to Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya, began acting strangely -- even for him -- last week though most only noticed his strangeness last night.
Nouri had a tantrum yesterday when the President of Iraq, Fuad Masum, refused to name him prime minister. As Loveday Morris (Washington Post) reported:
In actions that had all the markings of a political coup, Maliki gave a defiant late-night speech in Baghdad saying he would lodge a legal case against the country’s president, who has resisted naming him as the candidate for another term as prime minister.
Tanks rumbled onto major bridges and roads in the capital as security forces were put on high alert, with militiamen also patrolling Shiite neighborhoods. The special forces teams surrounding the Green Zone were taking orders directly from the prime minister, security officials said.
The Guardian quotes from a statement by US State Dept spokesperson Marie Harf:
The United States fully supports president Fuad Masum in his role as guarantor of the Iraqi constitution. We reaffirm our support for a process to select a prime minister who can represent the aspirations of the Iraqi people by building a national consensus and governing in an inclusive manner. We reject any effort to achieve outcomes through coercion or manipulation of the constitutional or judicial process.
Also yesterday, the State Dept's Brett McGurk Tweeted:
Nouri's most recent crazy had included threatening that the "gates of hell" would open if he didn't receive a third term as prime minister, he bullied the President of Iraq to the point that Masum publicly stated he would not be bullied into naming a prime minister-designate.
So yesterday's stunt, his last minute crazy rambles on state television and his stationing forces around Baghdad appeared to be the last straw. As Ahmed Rasheed (Reuters) explained, "Washington seems to be losing patience with Maliki, who has placed Shi'ite political loyalists in key positions in the army and military and drawn comparisons with executed former dictator Saddam Hussein, the man he plotted against from exile for years."
This morning, Lolita C. Baldor and Julie Pace (AP) reported that the White House decided to send weapons directly to the Kurdistan Regional Government, bypassing the central government of Baghdad. This was about the loss of patience and trust with Nouri and all his crazy which has destroyed Iraq for years now.
Finally, the US government is walking away from him.
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