Sorry. I forgot to blog last night. I was finishing up Chrismas shopping. I got home about 9:40 and my dad had called. I called him back and he said he'd finally figured out the perfect gift for Mom. So I said, "Hold on, I'll go with you."
So we finished shopping, I dropped him off and it was probably 11:00. Then I just crashed and it was probably 10:00 a.m. today when I thought, "Did I even blog last night?"
On the plus side, I finally have all my Christmas shopping done.
That's it though. And a reminder: If you've got a movie suggestion, you have until Monday. By that time, Ann and I will have our top ten for the year. Remember it has to be on DVD.
But observers have been troubled by what was described as "the foolish 'in-your-faceness'" of the government's case against al-Hashimi, whose motive for running an assassination squad isn't clear. Some note that while all this was going on, al-Hashimi was a leader of a campaign to eliminate immunity from prosecution for government officials.
Al-Hashimi sought refuge in semiautonomous northern Kurdistan after the prime-time spectacle of the TV confessions. Kurdish refusal to serve the arrest warrant issued by a five-judge panel has in turn raised questions about the rule of law in Iraq.
A number of senior political aides in al-Maliki's own coalition have told McClatchy Newspapers that other than the confessions, there is no hard evidence that al-Hashimi personally directed the guards in a string of assassinations dating back to 2009. That said, it would be hard for al-Hashimi to deny ultimate responsibility if guards in his employ were running assassination squads.
I think al-Hashimi is innocent and blame the White House for not working overtime on this issue. Instead, they do little tiny baby steps. They're scared of Nouri.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"