"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Friday, December 30, 2005
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.