Reading over Ben Birnbaum's Washington Times piece on Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, I agree with him.
He's currently accused, by Nouri al-Maliki, of being a terrorist. Because, of course, what vice president wouldn't want to be a terrorist? It's such nonsense.
I wouldn't trust a trial in one of Nouri al-Maliki's kangaroo courts myself.
I think he's being railroaded and that these are trumped up charges created by al-Maliki solely to launch another power grab and attempt to do away with his political opponents.
Nouri is a thug. And the US government will forever regret supporting that thug.
This was always a bad, bad move.
As bad as starting the illegal war or continuing it.
It's a Bush-Barack legacy and it's on both of them.
Tariq al-Hashemi himself has now fled to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region. In his own defiant press conference, he denied all the charges. In turn, he has accused Mr. al-Maliki of being behind the trumped-up trial-by-television confessions.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: