6-14-2012 BGG: Talabani has had his heart set on a true “National Conference” since about Feb/Mar?? However, Maliki would never have gotten this far had there not be excruciating pressure on him (JMHO). Further, it’s not a done deal just yet. He has to actually get the “trigger pulled," just him crying “wolf” one more time otherwise and I don’t think they will delay proceedings to see if he’s lying or not. Once Parliament convenes, he’s pretty much “cooked."
There seem to be two parallel tracks – one side for a deal being made and the other pushing for an immediate “no confidence vote” – which is highly likely the reason he’s even talking deal. Or at least he better be – as soon as Parliament shows up they will get right to it!! Talibani opposed the move for some reason. It wasn’t just about signatures and their threats to expose one another tells me there is a lot more going on here than meets the eye.
There are no early “cash-outs” (just yet). The bit about smart cards is just not true – and once there is a rate it will be the same for everyone. Period. The cards might be issued but they won’t contain a “secret RV’d rate," I promise. There won’t be an “in” and “out” of country rate. Only one currency in the world does that – 1!! Mainly because they want to promote spending at home.