Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki appeared to have locked up his second term in office Wednesday after a lengthy closed-door meeting in which his political foes buckled to his demands for ending an eight-month impasse and forming a new government.
Reading the first paragraph, I was willing to give Ned Parker the benefit of the doubt. He says "appeared," after all. So it was the headline writer who was jumping to conclusions by insisting that an agreement had been reached when no one knows that.
But then I got to Parker's second paragraph:
It was stunning victory for the Shiite Islamist, who was plucked from obscurity four years ago to be prime minister. Since then Maliki has mastered the levers of power to become a figure admired and feared by supporters and opponents alike.
It was? That should be "It would be . . ." I would rather people print what they can back up in reporting and save opinions for columns.
Nouri may be the new leader of Iraq. He may not be. We will find out shortly. I do find it very interesting that Nouri's been applauded by the US government all along -- and by Nir Rosen. I caught his little song and dance on Democracy Now! where he stated Nouri had the support of all the neighboring states. Uh, no, F**K Head, that's not true.
He had Iran (Nir's an Iranian-American, by the way) but that's just one country. He did not have all the others. That's buls**t. He was not the choice of Jordan or Saudia Arabia. Turkey was only mildly warm to him. Nir Rosen's a fool.
If Nouri does continue on, Iraq's the loser. He is the new Saddam Hussein.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):