June 25th, 2014
Wednesday Morning News Summaries
Alkhozai: Presidency of the Republic issued a decree during the next two days to hold the first meeting of Parliament
This same man promised us three days ago that Parliament would meet then in "two days", now here it is Wednesday and he is still saying "two days,"
soon it will be July 1 and hopefully he will have gotten it right....
and then the article closes with the July 1 date.....they are learning to use a shotgun ....just don't forget to lead.
Source: Today's the last meeting of the National Alliance for the selection of the prime ministerial candidate
Wednesday is the last day the National Alliance will meet to decide on their candidate for PM......Maliki is still sticking to the walls of the State of Law coalition....hard heads they are....this can and will cause a splintering of their group.
Flies the flag of Kurdistan in Kirkuk and the future of the province is now in the hands of the Kurds
The Kurdish flag flies over Kirkuk today, there may be mixed emotions about this among the citizens of Kirkuk, but overall they have to be thinking that having the Kurd presence at this time is a good thing,
especially the Peshmerga that stood up to the terrorists after the Iraqi Army disappeared again....it would seem the province might have a brighter future dealing with the Kurds at this point in time.
Najafip sources: the reference would give its blessing nomination of Adel Abdul Mahdi
Religious sources in Najaf are reportedly saying that Mahdi would be a good thing as a nominee for PM....they seem to infer that he would be acceptable by all political blocs.....well that is at least their opinion.....I am sure that there will be several names dropped in the hat.
Kurdistan announces secured the salaries of employees of oil imports
The Kurds have announced that state employee salaries for June can be paid out of the oil revenues that have been received....they will also be able to "pay the bills" for the region as well.
Erbil’s ‘No’ to the Americans
When Kerry arrived in Erbil yesterday he thought he would get red carpet treatment from the regions leaders....not so....they told him "no".....I'm sure that shook him off his game for a while.
He did meet with Kurdish President Barzani....Kerry was urging the Kurds to "play the game" and support whatever government was forthcoming out of Baghdad....
the Kurds though seem a tab bit smarter than that.....saying that it is no longer business as usual with Baghdad.....the Kurds refuse to be drawn into a sectarian war while claiming it is largely due to terrorist attacks.
Maliki attacked the Kurdish and Sunni politicians .. and then invited them to a serious dialogue!
Maliki "change"....get real....that isn't likely to happen, not in just a matter of days anyway. Sure he can invite anyone to a meeting....while at the same time running them down because he can.....
after all he is the supreme leader....at least for today....this is a man who seriously needs to be planning his way out....but let's meet for old times sake and put our differences aside....just don't forget to wear your body armor to the meeting.
Kurds: We will not participate in a government headed by Maliki
Kerry talks of cooperation by the Kurds with Baghdad in forming the new government.....
Barzani speaks of Maliki and says that if he stays in then the Kurds will not cooperate, they cannot accept another four years of marginalization by Maliki and his government as has been seen in the past.
The Kurds have been treated as second class people and they will not stand for this any longer....they truly want to be a part of the democratic process but first there must be change in Baghdad.
Eight fail to convene a meeting of the state law by refusing to Maliki's nomination for a third term
Well the National Alliance was a crap shoot today.....they couldn't get off dead center with the State of Law people pushing Maliki as the next PM.....hard heads.....that shattering you heard was the National Alliance falling apart and going their separate ways.....at least until tomorrow when the leaders will put their heads together and see what happens.
Pending agreement leaders of blocs .. doubts on the holding of the first session
June is starting to run short and the Iraqi's are running out of "two days" to keep announcing when the Parliament will be seated....time is also running out on the 15 day clock for them to sit after the election results were ratified by the courts.....and still no real clear leader is emerging for PM at this point....
does that mean that Maliki will walk into another unprecedented term.....maybe but I don't believe that to be likely....not with the National Alliance now at odds with the State of Law coalition...there is no longer strength of unity there.
Kanani: the National Alliance to form a committee to discuss the three presidencies and if it fails will be divided to two groups
Now the National Alliance is announcing they have formed a committee of leadership members to take "three days" to come up with the "presidencies" that are needed from them....
if they fail to do so they will split the group singling out the State of Law coalition who insists on Maliki being nominated as PM....at this point if that happens I don't think that Maliki has the seats required in Parliament to see himself come back as PM.
Washington put al-Maliki in front of a difficult choice!!!
Washington is doing everything short of telling Maliki to leave the country.....but they still go to him and demand that a government of unity needs to be formed.
Deputy for united: Article 140 applied force in some disputed areas
Some members of the United coalition believe it is the intent of the US to push Iraq into division of three regions....and they are not wanting this.....they place much of the blame on the current issues with Maliki and his government and continue to butt heads with certain parts of the Baghdad political arena.
Shiite forces searching three options to the crisis did not include a third term for the owners
Shiite religious leaders are looking for options to take Iraq into the future and they are not proclaiming that Maliki is in that vision....there is a great deal of wrangling going on in Baghdad at the moment.....
certain coalitions are being very quiet and that may be worth watching.... these religious clerics yield a great deal of strength within Iraq and their words may sway things one way or another.
Shia Military Parade in Kirkuk Provokes Kurds
The Kurds are willing to guard and defend what they see as rightfully theirs....but to be pulled into what is perceived as sectarian strife between the Shiites and the Sunni's they want to have nothing of it.....
but they may be provoked into participating by the Iranians who are sticking their noses in where they don't belong along with Maliki providing them weapons and the Shia militia in the area of Kirkuk. This is not going to mend any fences between Baghdad and the Kurds.
Iraq's Premier Rejects Calls for a More Broad-Based Government
Maliki just looked at the powers of the world....his ME neighbors and thumbed his nose at them.....I'm going to do things my way he says.....meanwhile the noise is growing.....what is it saying.....
"No More Maliki"......the time is running short for June.....will a new Parliament be seated by July 1 and attempt to sift through the smoke to determine the presidencies they need to announce.....
their job will be tough right off the bat.....and Maliki is not going to make things easy for them I don't believe. He has a considerable army close in around Baghdad that are believed to be very loyal to him at this time....as I have said in past days....watch this man.....watch him very carefully.
Kerry urges Kurdistan to save Iraq from collapse
Kerry made an effort to convince the Kurds to be active in the formation of a new Iraqi government and join Baghdad in the fight against the insurgents that are infiltrating their country now.
The Kurds will not become a part of what they perceive as sectarian strife between Shiites and Sunnis and they especially refuse to participate in any government in which Maliki continues to be a part of going forward.....
they have governed themselves since the early 1990's and have done rather well and know their rights at this point....they don't take kindly to an outsider like Kerry suddenly showing up on their doorstep.
Family here I will stop with the summaries for this morning. ** Randy