Barack is a failure. He failed at the G8, he failed at the Olympics, he fails at everything.
He spoke to Ayad Allawi -- whose political slate got the most seats in Iraq's March elections -- and promised him that if he'd let Nouri al-Maliki remain prime minister than a new position as chair of a security commission would be created for Allawi. So Allawi agrees, goes to the meeting in Parliament today, votes on the Speaker like everybody else. Then it's time to vote on the commission but it -- and Iraqiya's other demands -- are ignored. Nouri says it's not time to vote on them. Even though they had already agreed. So Iraqiya -- bulk of it -- walks out.
This is Josh Rogan (Foreign Policy) reporting:
The New York Times reported Thursday afternoon that Allawi's slate walked out of Thursday's parliamentary session after failing to score a vote on a series of demands. But if the Iraqi politicians are successful in ironing out the details and forming their government, the Obama administration stands ready to endorse the deal. However, it doesn't want the credit for brokering the agreement.
"The most important thing about what happened in Baghdad today is that this is a government that is made in Iraq," the official said. "It was not the result of the influence or work of any outside actor, any outside country. The decisions that the Iraqis reached, they reached themselves. They negotiated very difficult issues themselves, and they came to an agreement."
In fact, however, top administration officials were deeply involved in the negotiations, especially toward the very end. The official spoke of personal efforts by Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador Jim Jeffries and others. In recent days, Obama spoke personally with Talabani, President Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and Allawi (but not al-Maliki, notably).
The Washington Times revealed that Obama personally asked both Talabani and Barzani to cede the presidency to Allawi, a request that the Kurdish leaders flatly rejected.
Barack is a flat out failure. The press is starting to finally catch on. Or to finally admit it. One example? See this by Jonathan Martin at Politico. Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"