CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS ALL EXCITED ABOUT HIS APPEARANCE ON "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" THURSDAY.
"TV LOVES ME!" HE GUSHED TO THESE REPORTERS WHILE CHECKING HIS EYE LINER IN A MIRROR.
LESS THRILLED IS BARRY O ABOUT BOB WOODWARD'S UPCOMING BOOK "OBAMA'S WARS" WHICH COMES OUT LATER THIS MONTH.
"I DON'T LIKE BOOKS ABOUT ME UNLESS I GET TO WRITE THEM," HE EXPLAINED. "YOU KNOW, I HAVE ALREADY WRITTEN TWO AND I THINK I KNOW ME BESTER THAN ANYONE IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE."
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As Steven Hussain (UT's Shorthorn) points out, "Since the March elections, the Iraqi parliament has only met once for a total of 18 minutes. As of now, there seems no end in sight for this deadlock, and the furture of Iraq is still hanging in the balance." Duraid Al Baik (Gulf News) reports:
Many Iraqis say they have lost confidence in their country's ability to rise again. Many have left Iraq for neighbouring countries where they are awaiting the approval of western countries to accept them as refugees from what once was called "Liberated Iraq".
"Those, the majority of course, who had no option to leave the country are still struggling with power shortages and saline water and [a] lack of drainage system... the basics that they enjoyed under dictatorship," Baghdad University political science professor Dr Hassan Ali said.
"For them the fight over who is going to form the government is a sort of luxury they can not afford under the pressures of daily life."
He said that parliament, which is required by the constitution to elect the speaker of the House, the president of the country and the new prime minister to run the country for the next four years, had so far failed to perform its duty since it convened in June.
The editorial board of the Khaleej Times calls the stalemate a "padlock on Iraq's politics" and opines, "It is thus imperative that Iraq's politicians get a grip on things and resolve this impasse at the earliest for the sake of the national interest. It may be prudent to rotate the office of the prime minister between the two or nominate a third candidate. Whatever needs to be done should be dealt with urgently lest others take the country over the brink."
Abdel Hamid was the second Iraqi television anchor to be slain in as many days. Riad al-Saray, an anchor for Al-Iraqiya was gunned down in Baghdad on Tuesday.
"We extend our deep condolences to the family of Safa al-Din Abdel Hamid," said
In a second attack in Salaheddin province, a U.S. soldier and a number of Iraqis were wounded when a convoy in central Tikrit was hit by grenades early Tuesday afternoon, a U.S. military spokesman said. Soldiers who were in the vehicle that was attacked killed the grenade thrower, he said.
An Iraqi Interior Ministry official and police in Tikrit said that the man threw two grenades at the convoy, damaging a vehicle, and that U.S. forces then opened fire "randomly," killing a civilian and wounding four others.
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