If you missed it, the US government's talking point today is: SUCCESS!!!!
And it's amazing how many are rushing to carry the government's water. I wasn't planning on writing about Iraq tonight; however, when I hear a government official on the radio -- some lowly State Department flack -- insisting all is well and good when it so clearly isn't, I'm not in the mood.
For 8 months and several days, Iraq has had no government. Parliament?
They had elections last March. They elected MPs. The MPs were then supposed to nominate their Speaker, nominate someone to hold the ceremonial post of president and then the president would name a prime minister nominee. ("Prime minister-delegate," it states in the Iraqi Constitution -- which I know because of C.I. who is covering this accurately while so few others are.) Though the US made noises -- sometimes -- about wanting Allawi to be president or someone from Iraqiya, sometimes it backed the Kurds and everyone knew the grossly obsese Jalal Talabani was not going to give up his post.
The Parliament had an acting speaker -- who was not the speaker carried over from the previous session.
The only real issue was who was going to be prime minister.
That issue has not been resolved today so those claiming that the stalemate has ended are LYING.
I am so damn sick of these liars.
C.I.'s being real nice these days and not taking on specific reporters when it comes to the SOFA. That's because she's had to cover the Iraqi Christian topic -- a topic she doesn't want to cover because it's religion and one she doesn't like to cover because it's so violent. But she's covered it and, in fact, she was covering it the targeting when the US media was ignoring it, treating as just another incident of violence in Iraq.
But that's taken up a lot of time. So let me point out that Robert Gates, this week, Secretary of Defense, said the US troops could remain in Iraq past 2011 and that they (the US government) were open to negotiations. This followed Joe Biden saying the same thing on PBS months ago and the State Department's Philip J. Crowley declaring that last month. So obviously, the SOFA does not mean that US forces have to leave Iraq. But drop back to Thanksgiving day 2008 and C.I. made that point, she went over what the SOFA said and what it covered. She then explained treaties and what was binding and what wasn't. And yet every news outlet -- except for one -- was reporting the SOFA meant the end of the Iraq War.
That's not what it meant. And while C.I. has spent 2 years attempting to get that point across, a lot of reporters have whored.
C.I. was right. US troops may or may not stay past 2011. I don't know which it'll be, C.I. doesn't either. But she always pointed out that the SOFA was not a peace treaty. And she was right.
Many of these same US outlets are now telling you that today means the end of the stalemate.
Does Iraq have a prime minister today?
Nouri is prime minister-delegate. He is the nominee. He has 30 days to put together a cabinet, to have each member approved by the Parliament and to have the program for his ministers also approved.
When those hurdles are overcome -- if they are -- Nouri becomes prime minister.
But currently, the stalemate has not ended.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: