The old "wise" Democratic statesman senator Carl Levin is calling for Maliki and the whole Iraqi government to be disbanded.
"I hope the parliament will vote the Maliki government out of office and will have the wisdom to replace it with a less sectarian and more unifying prime minister and government," Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) said after a three-day trip to Iraq and Jordan. Link
To which Maliki responded....
"No one has the right to place timetables on the Iraq government. It was elected by its people," he said at a news conference in Damascus at the end of a three-day visit to Syria.
"Those who make such statements are bothered by our visit to Syria. We will pay no attention. We care for our people and our constitution and can find friends elsewhere," al-Maliki said. Source
Remember how proud the Codpiece Cabal, accompanied by their Knee Pad Media servicing crew, all were about those "purple fingers". Remember the taunts directed at anti-Iraq war folks about how Commander Guy and The Dick Squad (new band name?) were oh-so-righteously spreading democracy to Iraq. Heavens to Murgatroid...just you look at all those "purple fingers".
Methinks Maliki is showing Levin and the democracy spreaders a different finger now.
But here's the really bad news concerning Iraq.....news you won't see or hear on your local Knee Pad teevee broadcast.
Nir Rosen is an independent journalist and the author of In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq. He is a fellow at the New America Foundation and has reported extensively from Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003.
Outside Iraq, we're approaching three million refugees who have left since 2003.
I think you have a similar number of internally displaced Iraqis fleeing their homes in mixed areas and going to more homogenous areas.
Iraq has been changed irrevocably, I think. I don't think Iraq even -- you can say it exists anymore.
Asked about Levin's call for Maliki to be ousted, Rosen responded...
Well, it's stupid for several reasons. First of all, the Iraqi government doesn't matter. It has no power. And it doesn't matter who you put in there. He's not going to have any power. Baghdad doesn't really matter, except for Baghdad. Baghdad used to be the most important city in Iraq, and whoever controlled Baghdad controlled Iraq. These days, you have a collection of city states: Mosul, Basra, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Irbil, Sulaymaniyah. Each one is virtually independent, and they have their own warlords and their own militias. And what happens in Baghdad makes no difference. So that's the first point.
And people in the Green Zone have never had any power. Americans, whether in the government or journalists, have been focused on the Green Zone from the beginning of the war, and it's never really mattered.
The government doesn't do anything, doesn't provide any services, whether security, electricity, health or otherwise. Various militias control various ministries, and they use it as their fiefdoms. Ministries attack other ministries.
Iraq has been destroyed. America caused this destruction. Possibly 6 million Iraqis displaced, half now refugees in other countries. This out of a total population of 26-27 million. The American propped up government has NO power, does nothing for Iraqis. Only militias and tribesmen have power. It gets worse by the day.
So when you hear the words "progress" associated with the "surge", when you hear the words "winning" and "victory" thrown about by the usual suspects with Knee Pads on. When you hear our totally worthless representatives telling us we just need to give it all some more time.....don't believe a word of it....because it isn't true.
None of it.
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