from this morning, that's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The War on Social Security"
okay, iraq's political crisis continues. azad amin (kurdish globe) has a very interesting analysis:
Maliki and his local and regional backers are aware that sidelining Sunnis from politics could certainly cause internal turmoil and disturbances that can easily lead to the collapse of the hard-fought government. What is it that Maliki hopes to achieve in this turmoil that may bring his government to down and Iraq to an uncertain future, Both Maliki and Iran rushed to fill the vacuum created by U.S. withdrawal and corner Turkey and the Western influence in the country. By creating a central and iron-hand government, Maliki and Iran may hope to provide a stronger support to Assad's regime in Syria.
Operations against the Sunni politicians are a showdown orchestrated by Maliki and Iran to regional and global powers that they have got the upper hands in Iraqi political affairs.
The Kurdish position
As mentioned, the Kurds refused to bow to Maliki's pressure to hand over Hashimi to Baghdad. The tension between Maliki and the Kurds is not new. Over the strategic issues, such as Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution, the hydrocarbon law and the Constitution there have caused deep rifts between the Baghdad and Erbil since the beginning of the post-Saddam Hussein era. The conflict between Maliki and the Kurdish leaders reached to climax towards the end of 2008.
i have no idea what nouri offered that so pleased the white house but when they made the deal with nouri, they harmed iraq in ways that will be felt for decades.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'