STRANGE, THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT ALL THE MUSIC MADONNA'S RELEASED SINCE 1993'S "RAIN."
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Staying on the topic of fake ass, the Wall St Journal's round up of corruption reporting includes one on Iraq:
Iraq’s prime minister is quoted saying he’s willing to be assassinated, if that’s what it takes to effectively fight corruption. (NY Times)
That's from Tim Arango's report we've noted already this week.
Haider al-Abadi only looks more ridiculous when he makes statements like that.
In 2016, the United States will vote on a new American president.
That person will be sworn in during the month of January 2017.
And that person (and his or her family) will move into the White House.
You can find similar situations in other countries with elected leaders.
Where does Haider al-Abadi live?
Not in the home of the prime minister.
In August, he was named prime minister.
But the previous one refuses to vacate the home.
Thug Nouri al-Maliki continues to live in the home of the prime minister.
Haider, that's corruption.
Nouri is not the prime minister and he needs to vacate the home immediately.
Haider's either too much of a chicken or in league with Nouri.
(A video of the two emerged last week that records how close the two actually are.)
Tim Arango's article notes Nouri continues to occupy the residence of the prime minister.
The Iraqi people foot the bill for that housing occupation.
And if Haider can't even weed that out, lots of luck seeing him punish those officials who've stolen money from Iraq (that would also include Nouri).
Tim Arango's article also noted Nouri's plane but insisted he'd surrendered the private jet.
No, he hasn't.
It's parked at Baghdad International airport but it's not been handed over -- and this point has been firmly established repeatedly by both Iraq Times and Kitabat.
I have no idea whether or not Ibrahim al-Jaafari is a fake ass but he's a joke.
In December 2005, Iraqis voted. No one was named prime minister-designate for months because the Iraqi Parliament wanted to name Ibrahim al-Jaafari to the post but Bully Boy Bush and his administration didn't want that. They didn't care for al-Jaafari, they feared his personal militia, didn't want him to have a second term as prime minister, etc.
So they forced the pockmarked faced thug Nouri off on Iraq.
Ibrahim never really stood up to Nouri in the eight years that followed despite the hopes of Ibrahim's followers that their leader would discover a spine.
Now Ibrahim has a post.
Yeah, it is a huge step down.
All that's left below it is parking valet.
Hoshyar Zebari held the post for 8 years. It's photo ops and nothing more.
Xinhua reports of Jaafari:
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's government has been in power for only months' time, and the city of Mousl is still in the hands of the IS militants, yet Iraq has made "great" progress in political reforms and the security situation is improving, he said, adding that the IS terrorists have started to pull back.
That's a sweet little dream. It's not reality but fairy tales have lulled many at bedtime.
In the real world, Hamza Mustafa (Asharq Al-Awsat) notes:
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is boosting its presence in Iraq’s restive Al-Anbar province in a bid to turn Baghdad’s attention away from the liberation of Mosul, a senior Iraqi military commander said on Wednesday.
The senior Iraqi military officer, who spoke on the condition that his name and rank would not be disclosed, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the battle for Mosul, which government forces are presently gearing up for, would be “critical” to the defeat ISIS. Mosul, the provincial capital of neighboring Nineveh governorate, has been under ISIS control since June.
“We can say that the fate of ISIS is tied to the result of the battle of Mosul, more than any other battle, whether in Iraq or Syria,” the officer said.
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