Sliderule Tlar have we come to your deadline date?
TLAR: Yes sliderule. I thought Maliki would be gone by Feb 1st. I was wrong. This guy just seems to ignore all bullets being fired at him. He is as slick as slick willie.
I just don't see him surviving the onslaught of criticism and parliament’s ability to now override him.
When parliament mustered 170 MP's to vote against three terms, that was a turning point in Iraq. They did this in spite of all the lobbying and intimidating of the SOL.
They did this even though the SOL boycotted the vote hoping to cause a no quorum.
I was wrong on my timing but still believe in my premise that he will not survive long enough to see the next elections, is accurate.
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TLAR CONTINUES: This is a game of ideas and things in Iraq happen at their own speed. I continue to have to learn that fact.. For my money Maliki is the walking dead.
Witness the troops are back in Iraq and the CBI is teaming with talented people from the IMF and US Treasury dept.
Also Turki sounds very upbeat about where Iraq is going and seems to be knowledgeable in what he is doing.
People all over Iraq are speaking out against Maliki. Even Mutlag which is interesting because he had been accused of terrorism by Maliki causing him to flee to safety.
He came back but not until he pledged allegiance to the flag of Maliki. Yet we see him attending meetings with the opposition and publically making statements in support of the efforts against Maliki.
Even he feels safe enough to do this. Maliki has too many fish to fry and eventually his boat will sink.
These are all extremely positive signs that Maliki is gone but he is to stupid to know it. Either his circle of influence is blind or they are feeding him the same crap much as did the last economic advisor to Idi Amen. The signs are there. My timing was off.
I still believe Maliki is done and at the first sign of a real threat he will run.
P.S. sliderule, that was not the first time that I was off on my timing of an event in Iraq. Its just a learning process.
TLAR: "I'm, not saying where there yet, but it certainly seems this is all about creating the "right climate."
With the EU agreement, private investment, deals with European and Asian countries such as the Czechs and Ukraine and Sweden, Germany and China and Korea, WTO progress/training, the recent banking reforms (connectivity and training), more UN chapt 7 lifting articles, were getting close to activating the dinar internationally