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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

La La La, Nothing to See Here!

Ho hum, the Sunni bloc withdrew from the "coalition" government of Iraq Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki today. (Oh, and more than 70 people died in a suicide bombing.)

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - 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.
Of course, since the government is completely paralyzed ANYWAY, this will have little practical effect, according to the article.

"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."

Issawi said Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zobaie and five ministers would resign on Wednesday.

The Sunni Front's 44 members will remain in the 275-seat parliament. Its withdrawal will have little practical effect on the 15-month-old government, which is virtually paralyzed by infighting but needs only a simple majority to keep functioning.

Maliki's government has already been weakened by the withdrawal of fiery Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's political bloc, one of the biggest in parliament, over his refusal to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
The dishonesty of our political discourse is amazing. Clearly, we are doing nothing whatsoever to help the situation in Iraq. There is no need to wait for the latest Bush Lackey, General Petraeus, to lie to Congress about "benchmarks" and "progress". The Iraq government is in shambles. The suicide bombers are ruling the population with terror. Millions of Iraqis have left their homes because of what we've done. It's time to get out.

Now, if only the Republics would withdraw from the Head-Up-Ass bloc and vote to impeach Gonzales, Cheney and Bush...

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