What will the American wives of Nouri al-Maliki -- or maybe they're just his whores -- do now?
From April 2007, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "My Cousin Maliki" featuring Nouri and then-US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
You know who we mean, right? Scott Horton and his ridiculous twang is exceeded only by his ridiculous whoring for Nouri in one broadcast after another of "Antiwar" Radio. And if Scotty's vouching, you know 'historian' Gareth Porter's right there singing Nouri's praises. They've done that for years and years, ignoring reality.
Nouri, for those who don't know, was one of the many exiles who only returned to Iraq after the US invaded. Decades out of the country meant Nouri was out of touch but the American government didn't care about that. They wanted a puppet they could control. In 2006, as the Parliament wanted to name Ibrahim al-Jaafari to be Prime Minister of Iraq, the Bush White House said uh-uh.
They remembered the conflict they'd had with al-Jaafari when he'd been prime minister earlier. They wanted a puppet, a very pliable puppet. Nouri, unlike many in Iraq, had no armed militia, so it was thought he would be even easier to control.
From January 2012, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Here's Nouri."
As prime minister from 2006 to 2010, he oversaw the ethnic cleansing popularly known as the civil war which helped create the largest refugee crisis in the Middle East since 1949. Millions of Iraqis were displaced internally and even more were forced to flee the country for their lives.
He also oversaw attempts to strip women of their rights. But get this, the Bush White House told him to cut it out. The Bush White House, already mocked for using women to justify the Afghanistan War and mocked for a war that only made life worse for the women there, was sensitive to charges that women were losing their rights. They didn't do much, but they did demand that women had representation.
Iraqis suffered those four years. The Jewish community dropped down to less than eight people, the Iraqi Christians made up a large part of the external refugees, the LGBT community was regularly targeted and Nouri did nothing about public services.
From December 2010, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Not Quite There."
Reliable electricity and potable water remained a dream while Nouri's decision to create secret prisons and detention centers where people were tortured became the waking nightmare of Iraq.
The way it's supposed to work in Iraq now is that the country holds parliamentary elections. The political slate that wins the most seats in the elections puts forward a representative that the President of Iraq names "prime minister-designate." That person then must put together a Cabinet (that's a full Cabinet) in 30 days (nominate the people, get Parliament to approve them) or else the President of Iraq will name a new person to be prime minister-designate.
It didn't work that way in 2006. The US government forced Nouri off on the Iraqi people.
Despite violence, Iraqis turned out in March of 2010 because they were tired of Nouri.
Nouri tried the bribes that had helped the year before in provincial elections, he tried the threats, he tried the scare tactics, he had political rivals removed as candidates, his face was all over Baghdad and all over state TV. And he (and NPR) announced he was the winner by a wide margin.
From June 2011, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Plan For Day 101."
He wasn't the winner at all.
Iraqiya, headed by Ayad Allawi came in first. Nouri's response?
He threw an eight month tantrum, digging his heels in, refusing to allow anyone to be named prime minister designate. And the US government backed him up on that. They even went so far, and this is the Barack Obama White House, this is 2010 -- they even went so far as to draw up a contract, The Erbil Agreement, that would circumvent the Iraqi Constitution and allow Nouri to have a second term.
It spit on the wishes of the Iraqi people, on any hopes of democracy taking root, on the country's Constitution and it revealed that Barack didn't give a damn about the Iraqi people or people in general. Greedy toddler just wanted his way. And he got it.
And the Iraqi people got screwed.
The silence on that has begun to break. For example, John Barry's "'The Engame' Is A Well Researched, Highly Critical Look at U.S. Policy in Iraq" (Daily Beast) noted a major book released at the end of the year which addressed realities in today's Iraq:
Washington has little political and no military influence over these developments [in Iraq]. As Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor charge in their ambitious new history of the Iraq war, The Endgame, Obama's administration sacrificed political influence by failing in 2010 to insist that the results of Iraq’s first proper election be honored: "When the Obama administration acquiesced in the questionable judicial opinion that prevented Ayad Allawi's bloc, after it had won the most seats in 2010, from the first attempt at forming a new government, it undermined the prospects, however slim, for a compromise that might have led to a genuinely inclusive and cross-sectarian government."
In the days of Bush, the occupant of the Oval Office would have been called out. But cheap whores like Scott Horton and Gareth Porter wake up each morning pulling their dicks off the sticky sheets -- sticky from last night's wet dream about Barack. They are the American Wives of Nouri.
From April 2010, Isaiah's latest The World Today Just Nuts "These days, puppets pull the strings."
They ignore Little Saddam's actions, the way he terrorizes the people, his 2011 attacks on protesters, his current attacks on protesters. They look the other way as relatives of suspects are thrown in prison because the police can't find the suspect. They look the other way over and over and then they gush over Nouri with a "ya'll" or two tossed in.
More voices are gathering to call out Little Saddam and how he is victimizing the Iraqi people.
Toby Dodge's just released Iraq: From War To A New Authoritarianism is an indictment of Nouri. January 15th, Dodge discussed his book at the Virginia Woolf Room at Bloomsbury House in London.
How much longer will the American Wives of Nouri be able to spin for him, to lie for him, to justify? We don't think much longer but then again, Gareth Porter and Scott Horton have acted bat s**t insane for several years now. Scott sounds like a yokel on his broadcasts so maybe we don't expect much from he who wants to be the voice of 'antiwar'; however, Gareth used to have a spine. We believe he traded that in to a higher power in order for Barack to be elected president in some sort of modern day retelling of The Gift of the Magi.