Sunday, July 08, 2007

I Told You so: No Oil Law, Maliki Must go!

posted by Bill Arnett @ 11:32 AM Permalink

A short time back I posted a column on the bush maladministration's June 30th deadline given to al-Maliki for the passage and signing of the Profit Sharing Agreements (PSAs) here titled, "It's the Oil, Stupid." It details the fact that the bush/cheney maladministration had plainly given orders to Prime Minister al-Maliki to get the PSAs signed by parliament, which will guarantee 85%-87% of all Iraqi oil profits for the next thirty years.

Cheney was simultaneously traveling in a secretive manner, meeting with the Saudi's and others, including former Iraqi big-wig Allawi, to plan for replacing Maliki's ineffective government with a government that will give bush exactly what he wants: all that oil.

Now there is this from Raw Story:
For four years, Iraqis have been waiting in lines at gas stations in Baghdad, waiting for their lives to get better. But, as CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan reports, the situation has gotten worse and their government is now in crisis.

That has led senior Iraqi leaders to demand drastic change. CBS News has learned that on July 15, they plan to ask for a no-confidence vote in the Iraqi parliament as the first step to bringing down the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Even those closest to the Iraqi prime minister, from his own party, admit the political situation is desperate. […]

Iraq's prime minister is facing his most serious challenge yet. The no-confidence vote will be requested by the largest block of Sunni politicians, who are part of a broad political alliance called the Iraq Project. What they want is a new government run by ministers who are appointed for their expertise, not their party loyalty.

The Iraq Project is known to the highest levels of the U.S. government. CBS News has learned it was discussed in detail on Vice President Dick Cheney's most recent visit to Baghdad, when he met with the Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi.

Al-Maliki has announced his own alliance to try save his government, but even his vice president says that's little more than a short-term fix.

"Cosmetic change is not going to serve the interests of Iraqis is not going to stabilize, is not going to improve security , what we need is much bigger that that," said al Hashimi, the leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party.

Leaders of the Iraq Project claim they have the necessary votes to force al-Maliki to resign, but that has yet to be tested in parliament. For now, the U.S. is still standing by the Iraqi leader – publicly at least.
If you go to the link above you'll find my original article and the (now proving accurate) prediction that if Maliki didn't or couldn't come through for bush and deliver the oil, the writing is on the wall to end Maliki's political career forever.

Isn't that what all democracies do? If the puppet government we first install fails, try, try, again, right? After all we are experts in deciding how democracy works elsewhere (whether the local populace likes it or not) and have a great deal of experience battling governments we have put in place.

The predictions were correct: June 30, no PSA agreements, Maliki must go one way or another. Democracy in action.

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