Meanwhile the political stalemate continues and continues. 19 days away from 8 months since the elections and no government formed in Iraq. The editorial board of the 'paper of record' weighs in on the issue:
Mr. Maliki also was just in Syria and Jordan and is expected to visit Egypt and Turkey. Reuters reported that he is offering Arab states investment deals if they nudge his rival, former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, toward accepting Mr. Maliki’s leadership. Mr. Allawi, whose Sunni-backed, secular-Shiite coalition called Iraqiya bested Mr. Maliki’s Shiite State of Law bloc by two seats in the election, has also been on the road trawling for support.
Iraq needs good relations with its neighbors. But more than anything it needs a legitimate government able to address its many deep problems. Rather than trading unseemly favors with other countries, Mr. Maliki should be working full time with Mr. Allawi and other leaders to break the political impasse at home. Mr. Allawi needs to be open to compromise.
Meanwhile, almost nothing is happening in Iraq. Reforms that could resolve disputes over oil revenues, power sharing and the future of Kirkuk — claimed by Arabs and Kurds — are on hold. While this drags on, resentment is growing, particularly among Sunnis, who fear that they will be shut out of political power.
The US should not have chosen sides. But it did and it decided Nouri's promise to give the US Government what it wanted trumped all. So they worked to undermine Ayad Allawi (who is no saint himself) and forgot that Thug Nouri was a thug and one still doing baby steps. He's alarming the region because he was rejected by people and by rulers but they just can't get rid of him because he's too entrenched thanks to US money and US support.
The US government is to blame for this.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):