CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O DOESN'T WANT TO BE A BRAINLESS AND BRALESS STARLET BUT "FACTS IS TOUGH," HE CONFESSED TO THESE REPORTERS.
THOUGH SOME DAYS HE DREAMS OF PLAYING GRUSHENKA MOST DAYS HE JUST BATHES HIMSELF IN CHANEL NO. 5 WITH A SPRITZ OF JOY AND CALLS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE TUTOR WHO WILL COACH HIM ON THE RECESSION AND WHETHER IT IS ONGOING OR OVER.
"IT'S A LOT MORE COMPLICATED THAN YOU MIGHT THINK," BARRY O ASSURED THESE REPORTERS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
In Iraq, of course, autonomy had already been achieved with the creation of the KRG following the Gulf War in 1991 and the KRG's constitutional recognition in 2003. However, many wonder what will happen to the KRG once remaining U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq at the end of 2011. Already the KRG and Baghdad have come perilously close to blows over Kirkuk and their disputed internal border, often referred to as "the trigger line."
Will the KRG and Baghdad begin fighting once the U.S. troops are no longer there to separate them? In addition, despite warming economic and even political relations between Turkey and the KRG, Turkey began bombing PKK militants in northern Iraq in August 2011 and then even sent troops over the border to pursue them in October. Turkey also asked the KRG for help in these efforts, even though it is clear that the KRG does not want to fight against fellow Kurds in the PKK. Iran, too, has been shelling the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) -- dissident Iranian Kurds -- entrenched just over the border in northern Iraq. How will all this play out once U.S. troops are withdrawn and both Turkey and Iran have a freer hand in intervening in northern Iraq? It remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Kurds have had their own "Kurdish Spring" of sorts. First, the anti-corruption Gorran (Change) Party split the long-entrenched Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in the KRG elections held on July 25, 2009. Subsequently, violent demonstrations broke out in Sulaymaniya on February 17, 2011, the KRG's second largest city, and continued until they were forcibly curtailed by the KRG leadership on April 19.
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