Despite the twists and turns, lawmakers reappointed President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, who renamed incumbent Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, as prime minister. In addition, a member of Iraqiya was elected speaker of parliament. With the three top slots resolved, Maliki will now begin to distribute ministries and other top jobs, a process that has the potential to be as divisive as the initial phase of government formation.
So says Leila Fadel at the Washington Post -- problem is SHE'S WRONG.
Nouri al-Maliki has not been named prime minister. You'd think after all the time she spent in Iraq, Leila would know the Iraqi Constitution. Since she so obviously doesn't, someone needs to steer her to Article 76. That's where the IDIOT will find that Nouri is now prime minister-designate.
What's the difference?
He has some hoops to jump through to move from designate to prime minister and, if he can't jump through the hoops successfully within 30 days, Talabani has to nominate someone else.
He's not prime minister.
Leila Fadel was one of the BIGGEST LIARS about the SOFA. That's the Status Of Forces Agreement which Leila repeatedly LIED meant the end of the Iraq War.
Who do you think knows the SOFA better: Leila Fadel or Robert Gates?
I'd bet on Robert Gates who is the Secretary of Defense now and was when the SOFA went through. He says that US forces may stay past the 2011 cut-off date (in the SOFA). He says that Iraq and the US may renegotiate.
That's the possibility that C.I. allowed for. It's the one Leila couldn't find.
Two years later, C.I.'s right and Leila Fadel's SOFA coverage for McClatchy Newspapers NEEDS MASSIVE CORRECTIONS.
Again, she should know what the Constitution says.
If she's going to write that someone IS prime minister, she should damn well be required to know how someone becomes prime minister.
She clearly does not.
Someone print up Article 76 of the Iraqi Constitution and hand it to Leila.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"