Thursday. Because there's been confusion, let me put this up:
Wednesday night I have no post. That's because I couldn't get into Blogger -- their screw up. "Hungry . . ." was my barely awake post this morning when I was able to get into Blogger. (Thank you to Ruth who called all of us to let us know it was up.) That was the worst post of my blogging career. I knew that while writing it. But I'm not used to posting when I roll out of bed and certainly not before I eat breakfast. (C.I. can post when she rolls out of bed. Most of the time, she doesn't. That's because she usually goes for a run when she rolls out of bed. If I had gone for a run, I would've been more awake.)
"The joke that . . ." is the post I did this afternoon. In the morning post, I said I'd try. I did and I got that up. And I hope you read the snapshot today. (It'll be at the end of my post.)
I told you C.I. took it and just exploded it. And she's so right. I felt so stupid on the phone. Let me back up. Today 9 members of the Baghdad judiciary released a 'finding' that Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi was guilty of terrorism.
As I pointed out, they supplied no evidence or anything.
But when I was on the phone with C.I., she said, "Mike, the judges. The judges." And I didn't get it. So she points out that Tareq al-Hashemi has been saying he couldn't get a fair trial in Baghdad. And nine judges today pronounced him guilty.
And that was without a trial. No trial has taken place. He's not been able to mount any defense. They just declared him that, the judiciary.
Now I'm not like C.I., I can't quote chapter and verse from the Iraqi constitution. But I did know that, like our system, Iraq does go by innocent until proven guilty. So me, a lawyer, I should have caught that.
But so should the press. And they didn't. C.I. caught it but she's got that mind that makes all those connections and does that instant analysis. (Rebecca and Elaine always call her some name from that Katharine Hepburn movie Desk Set but, for me, I always think of her brain as more like Chuck's on the TV show Chuck.)
She told me, on the phone, "Oh, Mike write about it, that's fine." But I didn't want to pirate her work. She was the one who made the catch so she's the one who should be covering it.
And that was four hours ago and I'm looking at the news and finding these:
New York Times - 2 hours ago
Iraq's judiciary has refused to move the case outside Baghdad, ... Abdul-Sattar Bayrakdar, a spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judiciary Council, ...In-Depth: Judicial probe says Iraqi VP behind death squads Boston.com
Iraq's Sunni Vice-President Hashemi 'ran death squads' BBC News
Iraq inquiry blames Sunni VP death squads for attacks Reuters UK
The National - The Republic
all 252 news articles »
Nobody gets it. They're so stupid.
C.I. is absolutely correct. The judiciary would decide guilt in any hearing on this matter. They have allowed 9 members to issue a finding of guilty before a trial. When they did that, they proved that Tareq al-Hashemi was correct that he wouldn't get a fair trial.
The New York Times link is by a real moron, Jack Healy. He not only misses the main point of the news story HE LIES LIKE A WHORE that Tareq al-Hashemi fled to the KRG.
No, you stupid WHORE.
C.I.'s documented that and refuted that lie as well.
She can do that because she covered it in real time.
Sunday December 18th, Tareq al-Hashemi and Saleh al-Mutlaq boarded a plane at Baghdad International to fly to the KRG for meetings. They were forced off the plane by Nouri's forces. Then four or five of al-Hashemi's bodyguards were taken into police custody. The police then let the rest -- including al-Hashemi -- get on the plane. Monday December 19th Nouri al-Maliki issued a warrant for al-Hashemi's arrest.
He did not flee. For him to flee, he would have to leave after the arrest warrant. He was allowed to leave by Nouri's own forces. Please. Jack Healy's a damn liar. I see why C.I. ignores the crap coming out of the New York Times most days. It's so inaccurate.
Now we know the truth: No fair trial for Tareq al-Hashemi in Baghdad. There should be an international outcry that forces Nouri to allow the trial to be moved elsewhere and I say to the KRG or out of the country.
Let NATO or someone similar stage it.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"