* A political settlement is essential for sustaining the security gains and for longer-term stability. Despite the declaration of a national reconciliation plan by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki in June 2006, by the fall of 2007 only limited progress had been made toward reconciling the differences between the political groups and forging a national agenda.
*The dominance of sectarian political groups has fueled polarization, and the inability of the government and Parliament to adopt crucial legislation is a measure of continuing distrust between the groups. Serious political dialogue between the sect-based parties has proved difficult and the results are limited.
The Right has been shouting that something has been won. It is a little more Dante-ish then that, Iraq as a state exists in different levels of hell. Iraq’s forgotten population
The United Nations refugee agency says 800,000 internally displaced persons are in northern Iraq. Given the cultural differences and the stormy history of relations, when Arabs flee to Kurdistan their predicament is like that of refugees who flee abroad. International law distinguishes between refugees who escape to another country, and internally displaced persons, who flee to other parts of their own country. In theory, international law protects refugees, whereas internally displaced persons are a problem to be solved by their own country.
That’s 800,000 internal or displaced individuals living off what they can find or carry. The UN estimates that Iraq has become the worse refugee crisis since 1948’s displacement of the Palestinians with one in eight Iraqis having fled to a neighboring country. Tie that number to an estimated million Iraqis killed and its no wonder the violence is down there are far fewer people left to die or fight. Of course none of these native Iraqis had anything to do with 9-11 or made any sizable contribution to the exportation of terrorism or jihadism, but that hasn’t keep the Chicken-Little Brigade from continuing to paint the occupation of Iraq as part of the “war on terror”. Kurds’ power share row with Iraqi government
Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq have threatened to withdraw support from the Baghdad government if demands for federal power-sharing and a fair share of oil wealth are not met.
We should always keep in mind that Turkey, a Muslim state is a NATO ally, Turkish aircraft in fresh raid in Iraq, says Kurdish official
Turkish jets bombed northern Iraq on Sunday in the latest of a string of attacks on Kurdish rebels there, but caused no damage or casualties, an Iraqi Kurdish security spokesman said.
So as the Right declares victory from Mom’s damp basement the Bushies seem to be clueless as to what to do about making the Iraqi government they prop up include the Kurds in the governing process while our allies bomb them. There are not only different levels of the hell Bush has created in Iraq, but revolving doors and the Bushies can’t seem to get a handle on how to stop it.
The CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether a former agency officer illegally disclosed classified information in describing the capture and waterboarding of an al-Qaeda terrorism suspect, officials said yesterday.
Now the Decider Guy has said he is not torturing people in our name and along comes this guy who says The Bushies do torture. That torture is classified and must be investigated. Very confusing. How can something Bush says he doesn’t do be investigated.
The kidnap and torture program of the Bush administration, with its secret CIA “black site” prisons and “torture taxi” flights on private jets, saw a little light of day this week. I spoke to Mohamed Farag Ahmad Bashmilah in his first broadcast interview. Bashmilah was a victim of the CIA’s so-called extraordinary rendition program, in which people are grabbed from their homes, out of airports, off the streets, and are whisked away, far from the prying eyes of the U.S. Congress, the press, far from the reach of the courts, to countries where cruelty and torture are routine.
Bashmilah is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and by the New York University School of Law International Human Rights Clinic in a lawsuit with four other victims of CIA rendition.
Again, very confusing news. Bush says we don’t torture or kidnap people and send them to secret sites. Bush’s supporters keep saying that Bush has never ever told a lie so the constant stream of revelations about Bush’s lies must be part of some uber conspiracy by the commie pinko martians that have insinuated their way into every branch of government.
The Bushies have really been lucky in the fall guy department with Scooter Libby being perhaps the premiere example. They might be so lucky with Jose Rodriguez, CIA chief to drag White House into torture cover-up storm
THE CIA chief who ordered the destruction of secret videotapes recording the harsh interrogation of two top Al-Qaeda suspects has indicated he may seek immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying before the House intelligence committee.
Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s clandestine service, is determined not to become the fall guy in the controversy over the CIA’s use of torture, according to intelligence sources.
It has emerged that at least four White House staff were approached for advice about the tapes, including David Addington, a senior aide to Dick Cheney, the vice-president, but none has admitted to recommending their destruction.
Vincent Cannistraro, former head of counterterrorism at the CIA, said it was impossible for Rodriguez to have acted on his own: “If everybody was against the decision, why in the world would Jose Rodriguez – one of the most cautious men I have ever met – have gone ahead and destroyed them?”
“A little fact is worth a whole limbo of dreams.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson