Ashtray says Iraq’s PM in ‘strong position’ amid political unrest
Phil Stewart, Reuters, May 2 2016
STUTGART – Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi is in a strong position despite political unrest in Iraq, thanks in part to battlefield successes and his commitment to a multi-sectarian state, Ashtray Carter (a man who AFAIK has no relevant experience whatever – RB) said on Monday. Shortly before landing in Germany for talks with allies in the campaign against ISIS, Ashtray told reporters travelling with him:
PM Abadi seems to be in a very strong position. Obviously, we support him strongly, because of what he stands for. He stands for and has been a partner in all of the things that are important to Iraq’s future, namely a country that holds together and doesn’t just spiral off into sectarianism. That’s why it’s so important for the international community to help and support the Iraqi government at this time.
Carter’s full-throated backing of Abadi, one of his most forceful to date, follows months of intense Iraqi political wrangling that has put the country on edge. Abadi has attempted to replace party-affiliated ministers with technocrats as part of an anti-corruption drive. A divided parliament has failed to approve the proposal amid scuffles and protests. Corruption became a major issue after global oil prices collapsed two years ago, shrinking the state budget at a time when it needed additional income to wage war against ISIS (the usual vast sums of black & unaccountable Toad money have gone where they were intended to go, namely to ISIS itself – RB). The militants have been retreating since December, when the Iraqi army recaptured Ramadi, the largest city in the western region. Last month, the joke army ‘recaptured’ the nearby region of Hit, pushing them further north along the Euphrates valley. Pindo boxtops acknowledge that military gains, including Iraqi joke army ‘recapture’ of Ramadi and Hit, are not enough. Experts point with anxiety to Iraq’s unrelenting political infighting, corruption, a growing fiscal crisis and the Shiite government’s fitful efforts to reconcile with aggrieved minority Sunnis, the bedrock of ISIS support (efforts which the CIA will naturally thwart, because underneath all this bullshit, what ‘we’ want is something permanently ungovernable, so ‘we’ can rule it with just fingertip pressure one way or the other anytime – RB). Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people. The largest blast, claimed by ISIS, came from a parked car bomb in the Saydiya district of southern Baghdad.