IN A MOVE THAT HAS SHOCKED THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD, ABC HAS CANCELLED IT'S TOP RATED SITCOM "ALBERT" DUE TO THE RACIST TWEETS BY SERIES STAR ALBERT EINSTEIN.
FORMER ACTRESS ALYSSA MILANO EXPLAINS, "HE CALLED THE CHINESE QUOTE 'INDUSTRIOUS, FILTHY, OBTUSE PEOPLE.' PEOPLE! AS IN 'YOU PEOPLE!' CLEARLY ALBERT EINSTEIN MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED ON TV AGAIN."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Now, the top vote getter, Moqtada, has teamed with Hadi al-Ameri whose bloc got the second most seats in Parliament.
First, this move brings Moqtada very close to the 163 seats in Parliament needed to form a government. By merging with Hadi al-Ameri, there is a combined 111 seats. 52 more seats are needed and that should not be too difficult to pick up.
Moqtada, from April and May of 2011, has political allies in leadership posts of many other blocs. This would include the KDP (Massoud Barzani) which won 25 seats. If he were to grab those, the PUK -- which has close links with the Iranian government -- would probably strongly 'suggest' that Jalal Talabani's PUK join with Moqtada as well. They have 18 seats so that would bring Moqtada even closer to the 163. (154 would be the total if both the KDP and PUK joined with Moqtada.) (And the KDP is close with Iran as well. But the PUK especially owes Iran after the backing and cover the Iranian government provided the Talabanis during the 18 months when Jalal Talabani was unable to speak or move but the Iranian government helped stifle efforts to call for Jalal to be removed from the office of president despite the fact that he could not carry his duties.)
Moqtada's other political allies include Shi'ite Ayad Allawi and Ammar al-Hakim. Only one need join him and he's reached the 163 mark.
The whole point of the recount calls, for the US government, was to stop Moqtada from becoming a king-maker. (Moqtada cannot become prime minister of Iraq himself. He did not run for Parliament. The prime minister has to be a member of Parliament.) They griped about Iranian control and other issues. (Violence was not one of the US government's issues but it never is, is it? Gripes about Moqtada's refusal to go along with the invasion of his country came chiefly from US veterans.)
So Brett McGurk and US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman worked very hard to rally support for various plans to wrest control from Moqtada. That this has been very hard work is evident by the fact that Brett's hairline has crept further back -- and this is a man who had no hair left to lose -- not from the top of his head.
Moqtada read the room and knew what had to be done, team with Hadi al-Ameri.
This has two major results.
The first result is that talk of recounts and revotes -- unconstitutional moves both (per Iraq's Constitution) -- is now even harder to sell. Had the US government been able to build an alliance with Hadi and Hayder al-Abadi, they might have been able to sell a recount or revote. They would have had one of the top two winners (Hadi) calling for the move so it wouldn't have just played like the sour grapes of the losers like Hayder. By teaming with Hadi, Moqtada has presented a united front and the US government better have a plan B because plan A just went up in flames.
The second result? Brett never was very smart, was he. He was good looking back when he had a full head of hair. But pretty is never enough. The plan Brett has been in charge of didn't just fail today.
Failure would be bad enough.
But this is worse.
Brett's efforts to secure Hayder al-Abadi a second term as prime minister resulted in the teaming of Moqtada and Hadi. The two had issues and would not have naturally come together. But now they have. And grasp this, because the State Dept's already mainlining Tums this morning, Brett's efforts have united the two largest groups calling for all US troops out of Iraq.
And that's the nicest interpretation.
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