The Real Reason for the Rare Bush News Conference
Insurgent Attacks in Baghdad Kill 14 - Yahoo! News: "The Cabinet also signaled another surprising political comeback for Ahmad Chalabi, the one-time Pentagon favorite who later fell from grace over accusations he leaked intelligence to Iran and gave flawed evidence that Saddam Hussein was hoarding weapons of mass destruction. Chalabi, a Shiite, will serve as deputy prime minister and acting oil minister. His nephew, Ali Abdel-Amir Allawi (also the interim Defense Minister), was appointed finance minister."There were a few stories noting this interesting appointment to Acting Oil Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. But for the most part, the strange occurrence of GW Bush "answering" press questions about a dead Social Security "plan" overshadowed the blatant neo-con payback to this convicted criminal, known liar, and the man most responsible for the crappy intelligence (via curveball) they just had to hear from somebody.
The sad thing is that I can't find anything, not even from the foreign press, about what kind of pressure the neo-cons put on the Iraqi "government" to make this appointment happen. Exactly how are we twisting arms over there? Is the military threatening to leave the Iraqi "troops" alone in some areas if they don't do as we say? Or is it our new, powerful "Embassy" that is exerting some other kind of pressure on the Iraqis? Did anyone ask the President about this last night? Of course not. Every "reporter" in that room realizes if they asked something like that, they wouldn't be invited back into the hand-picked bunch of ass lickers called the White House Press Corp.
What do the Jordanians, who convicted Chalabi of fraud, think of the appointment? What has become of "curveball" the crazy, drunken liar who Chalabi spoon fed to the insatiable neo-con appetite for anything that agreed with their blood-thirsty plans. Will he be appointed a cushy government job next?
This story gets stranger and stranger, and even people like Bill Mahr are starting to buy the neo-con crap about spreading Democracy. The appointment of Chalabi, his nephew, and who knows who else (the google translator doesn't work well enough for me to find that out) to the new Iraqi "Government" should dispel any inklings that this might actually work for the good of the Iraqi people. If they ever actually get back down to the number of annual assassinations that happened during the Hussein years, they'll look around and see their country being run by a bunch of US appointed thugs.
Same as it ever was.