"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Friday, December 30, 2005

Oh, Sweet Baby Jesus On a Cracker, You're Kidding, Right? 

Having already dragged the United States into a pointless (and, lest we forget, illegal) war, gotten caught spying for the Iranian government, gotten his ass handed to him in the recent Iraqi elections, and destroying Judy Miller's career (okay, no one is completely evil), Ahmed Chalabi has just been appointed to a Ministry in the Iraqi government. But don't worry, it's nothing too important - it's only the Oil Ministry! From Auntie Beeb:
Iraqi Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum has been temporarily released from his post amid a dispute over the government's petrol pricing policy.

He is to be replaced for 30 days by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi.

Sure, it's only temporary [sic], but 30 days is certainly enough time to steal a couple billion dollars in loose change. This sort of thing would be funny, except it's not funny at all.

(Via Firedoglake, by way of WTF Is It Now?!? And yes, I know that "via" and "by way of" mean the same thing - what's your point?)

Update: Needlenose suggests, rather convincingly, that this isn't such a big deal, after all. He may be right.




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