BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL-AID TABLE
TODAY CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O DECLARED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, NOW ON DAY THREE, COULD GET VERY, VERY BAD
SO MAYBE IT'S TIME FOR THE LITTLE BITCH TO SHOW LEADERSHIP INSTEAD OF INSULTING THE OTHER PARTY
MAYBE IT'S TIME FOR THE LITTLE BITCH TO GET OFF HIS CANDY ASS AND START ACTING LIKE A LEADER BY SHOWING LEADERSHIP?
THEN AGAIN HE CAN JUST CONTINUE TO STAND ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN IN HIS FRILLY PINK PANTIES ISSUING INSULTS AND HAVE THE WHOLE WORLD LAUGH AT HIM.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Is there a reason for Joel Wing (Musings on Iraq
) to exist? The analyst offers today a piece entitled "Iraq’s Oil Profits Bounce Back In August 2013 With Higher Exports And Rising Prices Due To Fears Over Syria
and if you're not getting house useless it is, in October, to be
writing that August exports were up, check out Iraq Oil Report today
where Ben Lando's latest article is entitled "September exports down by 500K bpd
Don't fret. Come December, Joel Wing will be 'reporting' on September's oil exports.
He's always just a little bit slower than the other kids.
Most journalists make fun of him, I try to ignore him. That's why Jim
tried to bait me two Sundays ago (knowing I was an after party and had
consumed more then a few drinks already) by bringing up Joel. But he's
so pathetic, I stepped over Jim's inclusion of Joel into our
conversation ("The KRG elections
Joel's become a huge joke in real journalism circles which was why Jim
brought him up. I know from my friends in the press how pathetic Joel
is seen as being (in part because he's so linked to his crackpot buddy
and Jim does too. Jim also has his own journalism friends and Jim's
father (who retired recently) was a real and respected reporter and he
heard all the laughter at Joel from his dad and his dad's colleagues.
Jim knew if we could make the conversation about Joel, we'd get a lot
I tried to be nice. Try to do someone a _____ favor. (That's an infamous phrase of mine.)
You can't do Joel Wing any favors because he won't let you. Jim called
him and many others out, I ignored it and redirected the conversation
(it was a transcript piece). Cry baby Joel couldn't leave well enough
alone. He had to whine in an e-mail allowing Jim to cover the whole
thing in "Jim's World
" -- which has 75,000 hits and counting. I'm sure some of that comes from Mike's post
steering traffic. I'm also sure that a lot of that is Jim's father
(and a friend of mine at ABC News who can't stand Joel Wing's stupidity)
passing it around.
I tried to spare Joel Wing embarrassment but you can't because he's so damn determined to embarrass himself.
First off, Joel Wing, you stupid idiot. Stop posting Voice of America.
Were the internet to work like radio does, you wouldn't be allowed to.
VoA is banned from broadcasting in the US (some listen, in the US, to it
via short-wave radio or over the internet). Why?
Because Voice of America is propaganda.
Do you get that?
I know you're an idiot, Joel Wing, but can even you grasp that and that
that is why Congress -- the United States of America's legislature --
banned VoA from airing in the US.
If you're an alleged academic and an alleged analyst, why would you post
government propaganda at your site? And you don't even call it out.
You just serve it up like it is news which it is so
I wouldn't have noted any of this is an AP friend (who covered Iraq,
does not cover it now) had not called me up to ask if I read your latest
No, I'd missed "Eplaining
The Political Factors Behind The Increasing Violence In Iraq, An
Interview With Maria Fantappie, Iraq Researcher At The International
In a perfect world, I wouldn't note ICG. I didn't when this site
started, they used to mail all the time. Then the father of a friend
who's part of ICG started asking for links (leading me to tell his
daughter, "Stop telling people I'm C.I.!"). I still didn't use them.
Now days, I have to. There is so little Iraq coverage that we have to.
I'll even cite right wingers these days (but identify them as such).
Sometimes to disagree with them, sometimes to note they are right.
I don't get to have purity when it comes to news sources and
organizations. (Though I do draw the line at government propaganda
still -- VoA.)
But Maria Fantappie? Has any woman weighing in on Iraq got mentioned
less here? And I you take away her co-written pieces (which reign her
nonsense in somewhat), she's shown up even fewer times. That's because
she's got an agenda and she also doesn't know her facts. An interview
on Australian radio this summer remains infamous to those of us who
follow coverage of Iraq.
But here's Joel chatting her up.
And why is that a bad thing?
Let's go to the opening:
[Joel Wing] 1. In 2009, Sunnis
went to the polls after largely boycotting the 2005 provincial vote, and helped
put a slew of parties into power. In 2010, many of those same voters came out
for Iyad Allawi and Iraqiya, the Iraqi National Movement (INM) which won a
plurality of seats in the new parliament. How did Allawi and the other members
of the INM turn out to be as national leaders, and how did their performance
affect their followers’ opinion of participating in politics?
[Maria Freak]: The key for political success in Iraq is to branch out power
from Baghdad into the provinces. Iraqyia leaders focused all efforts on the
assignment of government positions in Baghdad, neglecting local officials and
constituents in the provinces. This was fatal to the future of the list. Starting
from early 2011, while Iyad Allawi persisted in claiming the premiership for
himself and the implementation of the Irbil agreement in Baghdad, Maliki
ingrained power in the provinces: governors were replaced, police chiefs sacked
and Sahwa tribal militias deprived of their salaries. Sunni constituents felt
disappointed by their national leader and left under the grip of the government
security agencies. Their disappointment evolved into distrust towards the
political process altogether. In their eyes, Iraqyia leaders appeared not
dissimilar from others of different political colors: locked within Baghdad
Green Zone walls and far from people’s concerns.
Heaven help us all.
Joel, why don't you and Maria just go to some slash fiction website and
type up your fantasies. They'd read something like, "The thing about
Nouri was, his stink wasn't a stink, it was a manly, musky smell that
overwhelmed my senses the same way he grabbed my body and threw me back
on the bed as we both squealed with joy . . . "
It would certainly be more productive than the crap you and Maria are offering currently.
Maria Freak may define success at the provincial level but that's her
definition and it's grossly stupid when it comes to Iraqiya.
You both (wrongly in my opinion) see Iraqiya as Sunni-supported only.
But let's run with your concept. Only Sunnis will support Iraqiya? So
why would they focus on the provinces? It's not like even half of
Iraq's 18 provinces are Sunni dominated.
Not only is Maria's nonsense (and your own) stupid, it reveals a level of lying that we rarely see in public.
Iraqiya has largely imploded. It may be able to pull it together for
the 2014 parliamentary elections (if they're held). If Iraqiya pulls it
together, it could win those elections -- as they did in 2010. In part
due to a Nouri backlash as well as an American backlash.
Blaming Ayad Allawi is like blaming Al Gore. Both persons should have
been their countries leaders. Al should have been sworn in as President
of the United States in January 2001 -- he won the 2000 election. Ayad
Allawi should have been named prime minister-designate in April 2010,
Iraqiya won the March 2010 elections.
Allawi did not become prime minister. He was denied that post. We can
talk about the whys of that (though goodness knows, Wing never does and
Maria's a tacky 'novelist' when it comes to Iraq) but the reality of
Allawi not becoming prime minister was that you quickly had factions
(such as White Iraqiya) breaking off. You also had Saleh al-Mutlaq
stabbing Iraqiya in the back.
(Like so many, Maria missed that and could never understand why Saleh
would be booed and have rocks tossed at him. We explained why in real
time and it was mere weeks later that Iraqi protesters were carrying
banners with Saleh's face on it -- with a large red line across it.)
In the US, as 2004 approached, many hoped/wanted Al Gore to run. He
didn't. That was his call and he had his reasons. But if you were a
Gore supporter, you may remember how you felt when Gore's was sometimes
floated in 2003 and 2004.
That same feeling will be present for many Iraqis with regards to Allawi. He could tap into that.
The provinces don't mean a damn thing for Iraqiya. The political slate
has been targeted -- Tareq al-Hashemi is only one example -- they have
been weakened. And the reason they won in 2010 is the reason, if they
get their act together, they could win again.
What do I know? I'm just the one who said Iraqis in 2009 and 2010
demonstrated a move towards a national identity. And, check, I said it
in2010 here repeatedly. It's now accepted wisdom among analysts. I'm
not Joel Wing processing something months after the fact and coming to a
conclusion. I've note before that campaign politics was one of my
fields of emphasis. Raw data gets dumped on me all the time by DNC
friends wanting me to interpret it. Not summarize it. Any fool can do
The talent is to look at the data and see what's trending and why.
The best chance for Nouri to get a third term by votes (as opposed to it
being given to him by the US government -- as it has been twice now) or
for a Nouri like figure to become prime minister is a full on civil
That will silence a lot of the criticism -- it'll be replaced with cries of 'help us!'
Barring that, the Iraqi people are tired of Nouri. They were tired of
him in 2009. They were tired of him in 2010. He was the incumbent, he
bribed, he had opponents disqualified from running, he controlled the
press (am I the only one who read Deborah Amos' paper on the campaigning
on TV in Iraq?) and yet he still couldn't pull out a win.
State of Law, his slate, came in second. That was a rebuke.
The rebuke was even more obvious when Moqtada al-Sadr held his spring
2010 elections asking those who voted (primarily his supporters -- but
he did open it up to any Iraqi who wanted to vote) who he should back
for prime minister and Nouri wasn't the first choice, or the second, or
the third . . .
Those were Shi'ites, where Nouri's strength of support is supposed to
come from. (Yes, 2008's attacks on Sadr City and Basra are not
forgotten by Moqtada's followers. So what's your point? They don't
like Nouri. Those attacks only hardened their dislike. The 2008 attacks
can't be taken back, they are the mark against Nouri for many Shi'ites
-- and not just Moqtada's followers -- a large number of Shi'ites in
Iraq were appalled to see Nouri doing, they considered, the bidding of
the Americans and attacking fellow Shi'ites.)
If elections are held next year, Nouri will have spent eight years as prime minister.
He has much to show for it -- I understand from friends in the US
government that his bank accounts are overflowing. However, the Iraqi
people have nothing to show for it.
They still don't have the basic public services, they still don't have safety, they still don't have jobs.
The editorial board of the Gulf News notes today
Political vendettas and ministerial
infighting have paralysed Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki’s government in
Iraq and he should start to consider stepping down to trigger new
elections so that a more forceful coalition can try to stem Iraq’s sad
slide into the abyss of continual violence.
[. . ]
Al Maliki needs to take responsibility for not doing
more to stop the violence. It is true that Iraq’s civil war was
triggered by the America-led invasion more than 10 years ago and the
disastrous failure of the consequent administration. However, Al Maliki
has been the Prime Minister since 2006. He won a second term after
complex coalition talks. In these seven years, his Shiite-dominated
government should have done more and his recent announcements are not
expected to achieve much.
Nouri didn't win a second term in 2010.
Nouri came in second and refused to step down. Freak Maria can check
her own writing if she's really forgotten that (as opposed to if she's
just flat out lying). For eight months, he refused to step down.
For eight months, he brought government to a standstill in Iraq.
The US babied him and backed him (Samantha Power led the fight -- within
the administration -- for his second term). The White House didn't
give a damn that backing him meant spitting on the votes of the Iraqi
people -- or the violence they risked encountering just to vote.
Since the Iraqi Constitution didn't allow Nouri -- or anyone else who
came in other than first -- a crack at prime minister-designate, the US
government went around the Constitution, they circumvented it.
They brokered a contract known as The Erbil Agreement.
This was the US pitch (we've noted it repeatedly over the years), "Look,
Nouri's dug in and refused to back down for eight months. He could go
eight months more. As long as he does this, Iraq has no Parliament and
nothing is being accomplished. You love your country, you want the best
for it. So be the bigger person and let Nouri have that second term.
Then Iraq can get back to business. And we can do this with a legal
contract that will have the full backing and support of the US
government. He wants a second term. What does your bloc want? We can
put it in the contract and you can get it."
And people signed up with it and entered into a contract with Nouri.
For example, the Kurds signed on after it was put in writing that Nouri
would implement Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution (hold a census and
referendum on oil-rich and disputed Kirkuk which is claimed by the KRG
and by the central government of Baghdad). Nouri signed the legal
He used it to become prime minister but he refused to honor his written -- and legally binding -- promises.
That is what caused the ongoing political crisis.
For the US government to fail to keep their promises? You want to blame Iraqiya and Ayad Allawi for that?
You aren't analysts, your porn writers.
For those who care about reality, let's drop back to the November 11, 2010 snapshot
March 7th, Iraq concluded Parliamentary elections. The Guardian's editorial board noted in August,
"These elections were hailed prematurely by Mr Obama as a success, but
everything that has happened since has surely doused that optimism in a
cold shower of reality." 163 seats are needed to form the executive
government (prime minister and council of ministers). When no single
slate wins 163 seats (or possibly higher -- 163 is the number today but
the Parliament added seats this election and, in four more years, they
may add more which could increase the number of seats needed to form the
executive government), power-sharing coalitions must be formed with
other slates, parties and/or individual candidates. (Eight Parliament
seats were awarded, for example, to minority candidates who represent
various religious minorities in Iraq.) Ayad Allawi is the head of
Iraqiya which won 91 seats in the Parliament making it the biggest seat
holder. Second place went to State Of Law which Nouri al-Maliki, the
current prime minister, heads. They won 89 seats. Nouri made a big show
of lodging complaints and issuing allegations to distract and delay the
certification of the initial results while he formed a power-sharing
coalition with third place winner Iraqi National Alliance -- this
coalition still does not give them 163 seats. They are claiming they
have the right to form the government. In 2005, Iraq took four months and seven days to pick a prime minister. It's eight months and three days and still counting.
Today the KRG website announces:Baghdad,
Iraq (KRP.org) - Iraq's political leaders yesterday agreed to hold the
parliamentary session as scheduled on Thursday and to name an individual
for the post of Speaker of the the parliament (Council of
Representatives). The Speaker post will go to the Al-Iraqiya bloc, which
is headed by former prime minister Ayad Allawi.
the meeting, which was attended by the leaders of all the winning blocs
at President Masoud Barzani's Baghdad headquarters, agreement was
reached on two other points: to create a council for strategic policy
and to address issues regarding national reconciliation.
Barzani, who sponsored the three days' round of meetings, stated that
today's agreement was a big achievement for Iraqis. He expressed
optimism that the next government will be formed soon and that it will
be inclusive and representative of all of Iraq's communities.
Martin Chulov (Guardian) reports
one hiccup in the process today involved Ayad Allawi who US President
Barack Obama phoned asking/pleading that he accept the deal because "his
rejection of post would be a vote of no confidence". Ben Lando, Sam Dagher and Margaret Coker (Wall St. Journal) confirm
the phone call via two sources and state Allawi will take the post --
newly created -- of chair of the National Council On Higher Policy: "Mr.
Obama, in his phone call to Mr. Allawi on Thursday, promised to throw
U.S. weight behind the process and guarantee that the council would
retain meaningful and legal power, according to the two officials with
knowledge of the phone call."
Get it, yet?
The power sharing agreement is The Erbil Agreement. Barack gave his
personal backing of it to Ayad Allawi and yet somehow what went down is
Freak Maria and Joel Wing are idiots.
Allawi was robbed. That's not a campaign slogan.
We were robbed.
That's a campaign slogan.
It can be a winning one. 'The imperialist Americans stole our election last time, we won't let them this time.'
I keep saying 'if they happen' of the parliamentary elections. Not only
is Nouri attempting to insist he needs 8 additional months added onto
the term, his State of Law continues to attempt to block the election
law which needs to be passed for the elections to be held. All Iraq News reports
that Parliament again discussed the bill but did not vote for it today.
Provincial elections are local. We said that before 12 provinces voted
this year. 'Analysts' insisted that 'Nouri' would be the big winner.
He wasn't even on the ballot. His State of Law did very poorly. I
haven't blamed it on Nouri. It's not a reflection of Nouri. They are
local races (like a statewide race for statewide office in the US).
There may be a pattern in the elections -- probably not thought. The
elections were too spread out. 12 in April, 2 months later then the KRG
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