Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Place This in the, "Gee, Who Coulda Seen That Coming?" File

posted by Bill Arnett @ 10:19 AM Permalink

In a stunning setback for the bush maladministration the Sunni Arab Block of the Iraqi Parliament has resigned en masse, creating a massive, perhaps insurmountable, obstacle to the continuation of the government of Prime Minister al-Maliki. Never has a man and his dog-and-pony-show government been in such peril. Never before has a puppet government suffered so much abuse at the hand of the puppeteer. Never have so many waited so long to watch so few bring down the Maliki government faster than the World Trade Center. Indeed, it may be that no democracy installed at a price of a trillion dollars has ever fallen faster than this. But we can rebuild it. We have the technology to make a government faster (at signing agreements), stronger (at bowing to bush/cheney), and able to do what no government could do before (give us the oil!). And it will only cost $6,000,000,000,000.00!

Puh-l-e-e-e-a-a-a-s-s-s-e-e. Among others I have for a very long time asserted that Maliki was, in highly precise political technical jargon, a dead duck when he failed to get bush/cheney's Profit Sharing Agreements to give American Big Oil 85-87% of all oil profits coming out of Iraq for the next thirty years signed by June 30th. Just to make it easy on myself I will cite posts here, here,here, and here that give my reasoning for this prediction just lately, so I don't have to dig back through the archives.

This article today from Yahoo! News seemingly confirms what was plainly obvious:
The main Sunni Arab political bloc quit the Iraqi government on Wednesday in a blow to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's shaky coalition as suicide bombers killed more than 70 people in three attacks across Baghdad.

The resignation move pushed the government into a new crisis undermining its efforts to reconcile Iraqis and end sectarian strife.[…]

"The government was still ... closing the door on reforms which are needed to save Iraq," Accordance Front spokesman Rafei Issawi told a news conference, adding the government should have met its demands or "at least admit its failure."[…]

Iraq's other deputy prime minister, Kurd Barham Salih, told Reuters the Sunni bloc's withdrawal was the most serious political crisis yet faced by Maliki's government.

He said preparations were continuing for a summit of the political leadership of Iraq's Kurdish, Shi'ite and Sunni Arab communities, which would take place in "the next few days."

"The crisis is grave and its implications should not be underestimated, but I hope it offers an opportunity to address the causes of political instability afflicting this country," Salih said of the meeting.

The Accordance Front, which last week suspended the work of its six ministers and gave Maliki a week to meet its demands, accused the government of failing to consult it on key issues.
And then, from days passed and the links above are some of the salient points to justify overthrowing yet another democratically elected government and dumping Maliki:
Excerpt: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fears the Americans will torpedo his government if parliament does not pass a law to fairly divvy up the country's oil wealth among Iraqis by the end of June, close associates of the leader told The Associated Press on Tuesday.…The legislature has not even taken up the draft measure, which is only one of several U.S. benchmarks that are seen by al-Maliki as key to continued American support…Aside from the oil law, the associates said, American officials have told the hardline Shiite Muslim prime minister that they want an Iraqi government in place by year's end acceptable to the country's Sunni Arab neighbors, particularly Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt…[End excerpt]

Excerpt: The Bush administration’s frustration with the Saudi government has increased in recent months because it appears that Saudi Arabia has stepped up efforts to undermine the Maliki government and to pursue a different course in Iraq from what the administration has charted.…[End excerpt]

Excerpt: The Bush administration has decided to supply billions of dollars in advanced new weapons to Saudi Arabia, other Arab allies of the United States and to Israel, senior State Department officials and congressional aides said Friday.

The arms and aid package, which the officials said is to be announced on Monday, is part of a U.S. initiative to reassure worried allies in the Middle East that despite its troubles in Iraq, the United States remains committed to the region. It also is meant to send a signal of resolve to Iran's increasingly confident leaders.…[End excerpt]

Excerpt: The headline, "Iraq Parliament Fails To Pass Bush Laws Before August Vacation," from the Huffington Post tells the tale. Remember, al-Maliki had until June 30 to get the draconian Profit Sharing Agreements (PSAs) signed.…He failed.…bush will now replace the Iraqi government with one inclined to give away 85-87% of Iraqi oil profits for the next 30 years.…It will most likely be composed of groups aligned with Saudi Arabia.…R.I.P. freely elected government in Iraq. It was nice as long as the purple ink lasted.…[End excerpt]
No mind reading is necessary to know that bush/cheney will NEVER leave Iraq without regaining control of a puppet government to sign over the rights to all that oil. That was their objective all along. Saddam simply provided a convenient foil to justify attacking Iraq and stealing its oil.

So, is this really a surprise to anyone? America - destroying the very democracy it allegedly fought to install because it is now inconvenient to the bush/cheney neocons.

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