No surprise, Talabani has made Nouri al-Maliki the prime minister nominee which means he now has 30 days to put together a cabinet, get each minister approved by the Parliament and get his plan for his cabinet approved by the Parliament ("approved by the Parliament" means a minimum of 163 votes each time).
Iraqiya walked out. Feeling Nouri had yet again stabbed them in the back. With 91 of the 325 seats, it just got a little harder for Nouri to reach an easy 163. And you better believe other groups know that and will be demanding perks and concessions for their votes on each minister.
For the US, today is an utter failure. Barack stuck his nose in this, got some skin in the game, told Ayad Allawi he would get a newly created post. When Nouri refused to take a vote on that -- and lied that they couldn't -- that's when Iraqiya walked out. So Barack looks like a liar or a dunce.
Story of his life.
But if you doubt me on how bad things have gone, let's look at this from CNN:
In Washington, a senior administration official who did not want to be identified called the agreement "a big step for Iraq."
"We've worked very hard in recent months with the Iraqis to achieve one basic result, and that's a government that's inclusive, that reflects the results of the elections, that includes all the major blocs representing Iraq's ethnic and sectarian groups, and that does not exclude or marginalize anyone," the official said. "And that's exactly what the Iraqis seem to have agreed to do."
Another senior administration official who asked not to be identified told reporters, "This really is an Iraqi victory because this was an Iraqi decision that was made by Iraqis in Iraq."
The first senior administration official said U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden had spoken "to virtually all of the major Iraqi leaders" in recent days.
In the calls, Obama "reiterated our strong desire to see an inclusive government in Iraq, and welcomed the steps that have been taken toward reaching that goal," said Ben Rhodes, deputy National Security Council adviser for strategic communications. "He also stressed the need for Dr. Allawi, other members of Iraqiyya, and representatives from all of the winning blocs to hold leadership positions in the new national partnership government."
Did you catch it?
When something's a success, people don't have to give anonymous quotes, they can go on record. So even the US government realizes how bad things are.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"