- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Iraqi TV show punks people by pretending bombs are in their cars… ? Ugh. Makes my stomach turn. But maybe Iraqis are so sick of all this that somehow it becomes funny.
(HT to CMcR)
Meanwhile, the killing of an Iraqi general barely makes today’s newspaper. The Obama Administration certainly has read the mood of the American people well on Iraq: We don’t care if the war is over, just as long as you don’t tell us about it. Five gunmen attacked an American military convoy south of Baghdad. The troops were not "combat troops," so they used return fire to advise the attackers to die.
For those still keeping score, it has been six months since the Iraqi election. Ali al-Turaihi, an Iraqi government employee, ‘splains to Reuters that, "The crisis … will continue for a long time because the decisions are not in the hands of Iraqi politicians. The delay in government formation is a struggle of regional countries."
Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is the author of The Arab Uprising (March 2012, PublicAffairs).
He publishes frequently on the politics of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Arab media and information technology, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Islamist movements.| Marc Lynch |