Aug 23, 2007

Doesn't Take a Crystal Ball—Iraq's Puppet Government Broke Its Crown, and Paki's Came Tumbling After

Nouri Al-Maliki's faux-government in Iraq—really a bunch of cardboard cut-outs of Iraqi faces with their long strings pulled by the puppet masters in D.C.—are tumbling down, way on down into the abyss of anarchy and chaos. Meanwhile, swarthy and scary, well-supported young ne'er-do-well Shiite Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr is slouching toward Bethlehem, er, Baghdad to replace him—as supreme leader or pseudo-leader, we have yet to see. Iraqi lawmakers have admitted Al-Maliki and his government were failing as early as this past April. Al-Sadr has been gathering forces and taking over bits at a time. Now he and his forces have seized some of the power grid. How long until they own the last shreds of the severely tattered country?

On the other side of the strings, the Bush regime has even begun to use less-than-rose-colored glasses terminology to speak about the Al-Maliki impending disaster, saying they are "frustrated at the pace of progress" [ooooh], all while insisting the Iraqi people will kick Al-Maliki out if they see fit [yeah-huh—you mean if the puppet master sees fit].

In nearby Pakistan, of course, I've been predicting the fall of President Pervez Musharraf for some time now. Rival factions against rival factions all over both countries and no one strong enough to quell the fighting or unite them.

Plus, Musharraf's old nemesis, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is now officially allowed back in the country--ta da! Gen. Musharraf had given the duly elected Sharif the big boot back in 2000 in a bloodless coup. But teh Pakis have changed their minds. Remember—Pakistan is armed with nuclear weapons and has been in bed with the puppet masters on the war on terror.

Too bad all that intimate contact has not quelled the resurgence of Al Qaeda, who admittedly see Paki land as prime real estate to foment their aims.

Benazir Bhutto has also been angling for a sequel to her two-time rule, but has been playing footsie with Musharraf to get to the table again (making her even more unpopular). Methinks she might want to start dealing with Sharif instead. But then again, and this is unbelievable, Sharif may have to serve out his prison term if he returns.

Once upon a time, when Musharraf and his pals were in a plane circling the country, running out of fuel, Sharif refused them landing rights, which is basically a death sentence for the human occupants of the plane. Others predict Sharif could weasel his way out of the mess in no time and be back on top.

What does the fall of Musharraf mean? Stay tuned for the next edition of "Floundering Governments of the Middle East: Cracking open Pandora's Boxes"

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