Iraq has birthers too

The question on everybody’s mind: what’s the Arabic translation of Orly Taitz? Former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi has seemingly won parliamentary elections, but allegations of vote fraud and stark sectarian divisions will hamper his ability to to create a stable, working coalition, and unify the country. Moreover, some argue he shouldn’t be allowed to ...

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Muhannad Fala'ah /Getty Images

The question on everybody's mind: what's the Arabic translation of Orly Taitz?

Former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi has seemingly won parliamentary elections, but allegations of vote fraud and stark sectarian divisions will hamper his ability to to create a stable, working coalition, and unify the country. Moreover, some argue he shouldn't be allowed to serve as prime minister at all -- because's his mother is Lebanese.

I'm all for a good birther movement -- I've even tried to create one -- but this one is strange even for me. He's already served as prime minister! Newsflash to all aspiring birthers: if you want to have legitimacy, the least you can do is target unknown politicians with unusual names and backgrounds that confuse the thick-headed.

The question on everybody’s mind: what’s the Arabic translation of Orly Taitz?

Former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi has seemingly won parliamentary elections, but allegations of vote fraud and stark sectarian divisions will hamper his ability to to create a stable, working coalition, and unify the country. Moreover, some argue he shouldn’t be allowed to serve as prime minister at all — because’s his mother is Lebanese.

I’m all for a good birther movement — I’ve even tried to create one — but this one is strange even for me. He’s already served as prime minister! Newsflash to all aspiring birthers: if you want to have legitimacy, the least you can do is target unknown politicians with unusual names and backgrounds that confuse the thick-headed.

Andrew Swift is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.

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