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I have no reaction. The pressure is on. Is the end of secular Iraq upon us?
Mr Jaafari is soft spoken and popular in Iraq, but an Iraqi observer wondered how effective he would be as prime minister. "So far he has been all things to all men. He was against the assault on Fallujah, but he also opposes setting a timetable for American withdrawal."
Let's see his true colors, then make a decision whether he'll be good for Iraq or not. Unfortunately, if he's not...it will be too late to change it. I am not thrilled in any way with the idea of how women will have a different position in Iraqi society because of the constitution to be written by the group that will be in this parlaiment. And I'm sure Iraqi women, especially urban Iraqi women, are not thrilled about this coming reality either. Liminal

I have no reaction. The pressure is on. Is the end of secular Iraq upon us?
Mr Jaafari is soft spoken and popular in Iraq, but an Iraqi observer wondered how effective he would be as prime minister. "So far he has been all things to all men. He was against the assault on Fallujah, but he also opposes setting a timetable for American withdrawal."
Let's see his true colors, then make a decision whether he'll be good for Iraq or not. Unfortunately, if he's not...it will be too late to change it. I am not thrilled in any way with the idea of how women will have a different position in Iraqi society because of the constitution to be written by the group that will be in this parlaiment. And I'm sure Iraqi women, especially urban Iraqi women, are not thrilled about this coming reality either. Juan Cole has a mouthful to ponder about the possible parity in position between Chalabi and Jaafari. I agree with his sentiment that the playing up of his possible votes was some more political maneuvering by the parasite. I have the feeling some blackmailing is going on because he stole all those intelligence files...remember? I'll try to find a link. Putting him in charge of security or economy inside Iraq would be a great mistake. Professor Cole also reports about some drama between Hilary and Jaafari. I remember when I saw Hilary and John McCain sitting in an outside studio in the Green Zone on one of thos Sunday political talk shows. It had this pastoral feel to it. Very eerie stuff. I was imagining how most Americans would perceive this interview, "Oh, it looks fine in Baghdad honey. They're sitting outside in the open. Look at that great non-partisan cooperation!" All I can say is somebody better fix my friends HNK and Najma's school in Mosul. Are they still spending money on schools in Iraq, or have they shifted that account to security too? The students of Iraq deserve much better than this. Don't you agree? Liminal Update: This frightening update about Chalabi's role in the next Iraqi interim government from Jeanne at Body and Soul [via the Christian Science Monitor]
Over the weekend, SCIRI leader Abdel-Aziz Hakim met with Chalabi and offered to make him the top financial overseer in Iraq, responsible for the oil, trade, and finance ministries in exchange for him withdrawing, according to the SCIRI official.
Chalabi's assertiveness... may be rewarded with control of billions of dollars of oil revenue and trading contracts.
I have nothing to add about this scumbag who could actually be ruining Iraq's economy and embezzling even more money directly into his family's bank account thanks to this illegal war. This is or was the Pentagon's boy? Now is he Iran's boy? Or is he a double-agent? Real smooth. How can they let him get away with this? Liminal

Originally posted to liminal on Tue Feb 22, 2005 at 05:18 AM PST.

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  •  Delete this shit (4.00)
    this is a travesty of a diary.

    The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs- Hunter S. Thompson- (RIP)

    by BooMan23 on Tue Feb 22, 2005 at 05:15:21 AM PST

  •  You should have an opinion (none)
    At least that schill for the whitehouse, Chalabi, didn't win.  That guy lead the neo-cons into the war and he's a freakin' criminal wanted in Jordan.
  •  Jesus (4.00)
    Did the average IQ of dKos just drop a few points?

    Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. -- George Orwell

    by Page van der Linden on Tue Feb 22, 2005 at 05:22:25 AM PST

  •  Chicken Divan with Almonds (4.00)
    Chicken Divan, created and served with great flourish in the Divan Parisienne Restaurant in New York's Chatham Hotel in the early twentieth century, remains one of America's most classic and delicious casseroles, a dish as appropriate to an elegant buffet as on the family supper table. In my own lifetime, the casserole was a specialty at the renowned Locke-Ober restaurant in Boston, and it was there I learned to enhance the dish by adding a few slivered almonds.

    1 (2-pound) head broccoli, stems removed
    1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup chicken broth
    1 cup milk
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
    3 tablespoons dry sherry
    12 slices cooked chicken or turkey
    1 cup slivered almonds
    1/2 cup heavy cream

    Place a collapsible steamer in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, pour in enough water to just reach the bottom of the steamer, and bring to a boil.

    Break the broccoli into florets and place them in the saucepan. Steam until just tender, about 5 to 7 minutes and drain.
    Preheat to oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a shallow 2-quart casserole and set side.

    In a medium-size saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat, then add the flour and stir for 1 minute. Gradually add the broth and milk and stir until thickened. Season with salt and pepper; add the nutmeg, 1/4 cup of the cheese, and the sherry. Stir until the cheese melts, and remove from the heat.

    Arrange the broccoli in the prepared casserole in a single layer, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup cheese over the top, arrange the chicken slices evenly over the broccoli, and sprinkle the almonds over the top.

    In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, fold into the cheese sauce, pour evenly over the chicken and almonds, and bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 35 minutes.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Feingold08/

    by Eternal Hope on Tue Feb 22, 2005 at 06:06:27 AM PST

    •  OK, enough of the animal recipes! (none)
      Why can't we get some more vegetarian recipes posted here? This one is useless to me.

      And sheesh, you troll slammers should have more respect for minorities! We are so discriminated against. (:-)>

      "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who do not have it." - George Bernard Shaw

      by CarbonFiberBoy on Tue Feb 22, 2005 at 07:16:18 AM PST

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      •  OK, here you go: (none)
        Spanish Rice

        Ingredients (use vegan versions):

        1 cup instant brown rice
        1 pint tomatoes
        1 green pepper
        1 yellow onion
        1 Tablespoon cooking oil
        black pepper (to taste)
        Directions:
        Chop green pepper and onion. Heat oil in large skillet. Add pepper and onion. Saute until onion has begun to soften. Add rice, tomatoes, and 1/4 cup water. Cover and simmer, stirring often, until liquid is absorbed and rice is fluffy. Great with tacos or as a burritos filling. Add black beans for a little variety!

        Serves: 4

        Preparation time: 30

        You can find a lot more at www.vegweb.com

        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Feingold08/

        by Eternal Hope on Tue Feb 22, 2005 at 07:23:51 AM PST

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  •  Ohhhhhhh (none)
    for Christ's sake. Still, I have to admit I'm laughing my balls off.  He got more comments than I did.....Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...I think I'm going insane.....

    I'd rather be trolled-rated than no-rated;just don't ignore me...

    by gilgamesh on Tue Feb 22, 2005 at 06:51:33 AM PST

  •  you people don't get sarcasm do you? (none)
    i could hardly give a hoot. enjoy your stupidity and enjoy posting recipes. :) liminal

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