This is a crisis that cannot be understated. The post-election period reveals that no election result is safe from court intervention and constitutional brigandry in the new Iraq.
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The Iraqi elections prove only that the country is at a critical crossroads and that sectarianism continues to be a major threat.
Chalabi still has more loyal friends in the US then most people imagine. Chalabi's US representative insisted to me last week that Chalabi was the best friend America has in Iraq, a sorry thought.
As Barack Obama goes about forming a cabinet, cries have gone up that Obama is committing some kind of sin by appointing a number of people who worked in the Clinton Administration.
Following a visit to Israel in September, the Iraqi Parliament stripped human rights activist Alusi of his legal immunity and threatened him with prosecution for the "crime" of visiting Israel.
Iraq remains a powder keg. "The Surge" has done little to increase security, a state of civil war remains and regional conflict threatens greater problems for the future.
Maj. Gen. Hussein al-Awadi, a former official in Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, became the commander of the Iraqi National Police despite a 2003 law ba...
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