Allawi: The new Iraqi prime minister

CIA stooge Allawi gets Iraqi presidency as reward for bogus WMD claim.
Exiled Allawi was responsible for the claim that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction could be operational in 45 minutes.

The choice of Iyad Allawi, closely linked to the CIA and formerly to MI6, as the Prime Minister of Iraq from 30 June will make it difficult for the US and Britain to persuade the rest of the world that he is capable of leading an independent government.

[Source: The Independent]

The naming of Mr Allawi who spent three decades in exile came as a surprise, he was evidently not the first choice of the UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. [BBC]

[Via Je Blog]

Bush and Saddam’s gun

A handgun that Saddam Hussein was clutching when U.S. forces captured him in a hole in Iraq last December is now kept by President Bush at the White House, Time magazine has reported.

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The magazine quoted a visitor who had been shown the gun, which is kept in a small study off the Oval Office where Bush displays memorabilia. It is the same room where former President Clinton had some of his encounters with former intern Monica Lewinsky.

Bush shows Saddam’s gun to select visitors, telling them it is unloaded, both now and when Saddam was captured, Time reported.

“He really liked showing it off,” Time quoted a visitor who had seen the gun as saying. “He was really proud of it.”

[Source: CNN]

So now Saddam’s gun is a war trophy and a game for Bush.
I can’t believe how childish and immature this guy is.

Phone problem & Blog addiction

This weekend our phone line went dead. For no reason, it just stopped working; no pulse, no anything.
I really don’t know why Tunisie Telecom seem to hate me!

Anyway, I don’t really care for the phone line that much, what I care about is that without it I don’t have access to the internet, and so no access to my blog.
Now that sucks like hell!

I’ve been itching the whole weekend waiting for a chance to blog anything, lol.

Damn this sweet addicition 😉

Democracy in the Middle East

I’ve had this idea spinning around in my head for some time now.

Would full-fledged democracy work for the countries in the Middle East or not?
And would the US really want these countries to have a true democracy?

Currently, these countries have different levels of democracy implemented or in some cases none, but how good would it be if they went the whole way?

Continue reading Democracy in the Middle East

Bill Clinton’s “My Life”

Bill Clinton’s book “My Life” is still a month away from hitting the bookshelves and it’s already ranked 8th.

It’s virtually a bestseller before it’s even released.

That’s the power of pre-ordering.

The book description says: My Life is a “riveting personal drama as well as a fascinating look a the American political arena,” chronicling Clinton’s life through his White House years.

Seems quite interesting. I wonder how much details he’ll dig up though 😉

Amazon are giving a sweet 40% off the price of the book if you order now. Maybe that’s why it’s becoming a bestseller quickly.

Stuck On You

We saw the Farrelly brothers’ movie “Stuck On You” featuring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear last night.

It was quite a nice movie. I actually rented it not knowing what to expect. All I knew was that it topped the US box office when it was released and the few lines I read from the back of the DVD cover.

It’s a nice sweet comedy movie. Not side-splitting like some of the other Farrelly brother movies, but still a pretty good movie.

It’s the story of conjoined twins who seek different careers and have rather different personalities.
The actors did a great job and carried the movie very nicely.

I especially liked the song Greg Kinnear sang at the end of the movie.

All in all, I’d give the movie a 6.5/10.

US duped into war by Iran?!

An urgent investigation has been launched in Washington into whether Iran played a role in manipulating the US into the Iraq war by passing on bogus intelligence through Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress.

Some intelligence officials now believe that Iran used the hawks in the Pentagon and the White House to get rid of a hostile neighbour, and pave the way for a Shia-ruled Iraq.

According to a US intelligence official, the CIA has hard evidence that Mr Chalabi and his intelligence chief, Aras Karim Habib, passed US secrets to Tehran, and that Mr Habib has been a paid Iranian agent for several years, involved in passing intelligence in both directions.

The CIA has asked the FBI to investigate Mr Chalabi’s contacts in the Pentagon to discover how the INC acquired sensitive information that ended up in Iranian hands.

The implications are far-reaching. Mr Chalabi and Mr Habib were the channels for much of the intelligence on Iraqi weapons on which Washington built its case for war.

“It’s pretty clear that Iranians had us for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” said an intelligence source in Washington yesterday. “Iranian intelligence has been manipulating the US for several years through Chalabi.”

Larry Johnson, a former senior counter-terrorist official at the state department, said: “When the story ultimately comes out we’ll see that Iran has run one of the most masterful intelligence operations in history. They persuaded the US and Britain to dispose of its greatest enemy.”

[Source: The Guardian]

Now, this is a quite an interesting development in the story.
So, now we can know the truth that the US is a poor victim of Irani intelligence. The US never wanted to go to war in Iraq, even though they always talked and obsessed about it, they never really wanted to. It was Iran that was dealing the cards and playing them into a trap all along.

Yeah, ok, whatever you say dudes. We believe you. (NOT!)

Of course Chalabi is a dirty liar, but he was the US’ dirty liar.
And now he is the US’ scapegoat.

Link Dump

Lego Me

After the Southpark version of me, I bring you what I would look like if I were made in Lego:

Lego Me

This certainly brings back a lot of childhood memories.
I love Lego…

To see what you would look like, go here.

[Via AquaCool]

Amnesty condemns U.S. terror war

Washington’s global anti-terror policies are “bankrupt of vision” as human rights become sacrificed in the blind pursuit of security, a leading human rights group charged on Wednesday.

Amnesty International also rapped partners across the world in the United States’ self-declared “war on terror” for jailing suspects unfairly, stamping on legitimate political and religious dissent, and squeezing asylum-seekers.

“The global security agenda promoted by the U.S. administration is bankrupt of vision and bereft of principle,” Amnesty head Irene Khan said, launching its annual report.

“Violating rights at home, turning a blind eye to abuses abroad and using pre-emptive military force where and when it chooses has damaged justice and freedom, and made the world a more dangerous place.”

Specifically, Amnesty lashed Washington for unlawful killings of Iraqi civilians; questionable arrest and mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan; and opposition to a new global criminal court.

[More: CNN]