Maliki choses unknown to run Baghdad operation

Brian Katulis mentioned this on my radio show this morning.  I had missed it.  Who is this guy?  Why are the Kurds nervous?  I’m now wondering about Maliki.  What is he about?  Is he really interested in a stable democratic government? 

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From LAT:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has filled the top military job in Baghdad with a virtually unknown officer chosen over the objections of U.S. and Iraqi military commanders, officials from both governments said.

Iraqi political figures said Friday that Maliki also had failed to consult the leaders of other political factions before announcing the appointment of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar.

The appointment is highly significant because it is Maliki’s first public move after President Bush’s announcement that he was sending more troops to Iraq. The prime mission of those troops is to reduce violence in Baghdad, much of which is blamed on sectarian fighters.

As the Iraqi commander for the capital, Qanbar would play a central role in that campaign, and any ties he might have to sectarian groups could undermine the new U.S. effort.

In his speech Wednesday, in which he announced the troop increase, Bush said political and sectarian interference in security matters would no longer be tolerated. Continue reading Maliki choses unknown to run Baghdad operation

Ford gives opinion on Presidents

Please read the whole article before thinking that President Ford was just another right wing wack job.  He wasn’t. 

From CNN.com:

In 25 years of interviews with his hometown paper that could only be released upon his death, former President Ford once called Jimmy Carter a “disaster” who ranked alongside Warren Harding, and said Ronald Reagan received far too much credit for ending the Cold War.

“It makes me very irritated when Reagan’s people pound their chests and say that because we had this big military buildup, the Kremlin collapsed,” Ford told The Grand Rapids Press.

Ford contended his own negotiation of the Helsinki accords on human rights did more to win the Cold War than Reagan’s military buildup. Continue reading Ford gives opinion on Presidents

Flight diverted; Passenger left on plane for hours

This happens way too much. There is no plan B. Plan A is to divert from bad weather and wait. Wait? For how long? I have chilled on the tarmac many a time.

From MSNBC:

It was supposed to be a routine 3 1/2-hour flight from San Francisco to Dallas.

But this story really begins in Austin. That’s where several American Airlines flights were diverted the Friday of New Year’s weekend.

Kati Hanni was one of 138 passengers on board Flight 1348. Continue reading Flight diverted; Passenger left on plane for hours