• Paralysis Hits the Iraqi Parliament

    October 8, 2011

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Democracy, Iraq, Military

    Reidar Visser writes excellent political commentary about Iraq, Iran and the MidEast at his Gulf Analysis blog. One of my beloved $200,000+ a year State Department contractor brothers in Iraq turned in word-for-word copies of Reidar’s analysis to his boss for six months, before he got caught (he was not fired). It took six months to catch the plagiarism because a) Reider’s work is so good and b) Baghdad Embassy people are taught not to read widely, as it upsets their stomachs.

    Reidar was also perhaps the last educated person on earth who still believed that the Iraqi government functioned according to some set of rules (a “constitution”) and perhaps, through its Parliament, had a chance at democracy. That’s over now. He writes today:

    Today’s developments in the Iraqi parliament served as yet another indication of the growing disconnect between parliamentary politics and government in the country.

    There is no official report from the session because the legal quorum (163 deputies) was never reached. Of course, the Iraqi parliament is rarely filled above the two-thirds level, but today attendance was particularly poor thanks to additional politically-motivated abstentions… there has still been no decision on the validity of the parliamentary membership of several deputies whose credentials are in doubt. And once more the parliamentary bylaws have also been dropped from the agenda.

    There is a real danger that the Iraqi parliament is becoming unable to reach decisions except on matters that are so petty and insignificant that few will notice anyway. Arab Spring enthusiasts in search of a model democracy please look elsewhere.

    The sad thing is that earlier this week Iraq’s prime minister offered to help Libya, a country with a shared history of dictatorship, build its fledgling democracy during a meeting with Libya’s visiting prime minister. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told his Libyan counterpart, Mahmoud Jibril, who was on a one-day visit to Iraq, that Baghdad is will to ready to lend support on writing a constitution and holding elections.

    Of course, the US government views it all differently, perhaps due to uncleaned bong strainers.

    “We have given them freedom and liberty that they’ve never known, and we have given them the potential to have a democracy in this part of the world … where it would be a unique institution,” Army Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of U.S. Division-North and the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division, told Pentagon reporters.

    Want to know more about the workings of the Iraqi Parliament? They have their own website, conveniently in English so American Occupiers can read it. One problem: the last update was July 2009.

    None of this matters, as The World’s Largest Embassy (c) in Baghdad prepares to take over running the occupation of Iraq and realizing the democracy that now forms the last desperate reason for the sacrifice of 100,000 Iraqis, 4474 Americans and several trillion bucks. It should all go smoothly, unless you believe the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting, which said that billions of your taxpayer dollars had been squandered in Iraq, and charged that the State Department hadn’t made the necessary reforms in its contracting operation.

    “Therefore, significant additional waste — and mission degradation to the point of failure — can be expected as State continues with the daunting task of transition in Iraq,” it warned.

    So, it’s Spring Break in Baghdad for 2012!!!!!!!

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