From The Nation's Robert Dreyfuss channeling Aiham Chicago Way Alsammarae again. This time on Iraq's banning of Saleh al-Mutlaq as a neo-Bathist
Aiham Alsammarae, a former Iraqi minister of electricity, told The Nation that if the action against Mutlaq is allowed to stand, it could push many Iraqi opposition members to renewed violence, and he said that even a new round of civil war could erupt. Alsammarae, who initially considered running for parliament as part of the Allawi-Mutlaq coalition, has instead established an independent party, the National United Front, and he expects to win up to 10 seats in the next parliament, from his home province of Salahuddin and from Nineweh, Anbar, Diyala, and Baghdad.ahh, would it be Journalistically out of line for Dreyfuss to mention Mr. Alsammarae IS a Chicagoan, a fellow who bailed out Tony Rezko, and a friend of Rod Blagojevich. He's much much more than just an Iraqi former Minister of Electiricity under Bremer's CPA.
But Alsammarae worries that the Iraqi military, many of whose generals are loyal to Prime Minister Maliki, won't accept a new government, if Maliki loses. "Maliki has put Dawa party guys everywhere," he says. "All of the generals in Baghdad are Shia, and many of them are new generals that Maliki promoted."
The photo is Alsammarae at Illinois's Gov Rod Blagojevich's dinner for Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi.