Everyday Iraqi Actually A Right-Wing Supported Associate of Allawi and Chalabi
Just as his father misled the nation in the run up to the first Gulf War by putting forward the testimony of the Kuwaiti ambassador’s daughter as that of an everyday Kuwaiti girl who witnessed Iraqis tossing Kuwaiti babies out of their incubators, last night George W. Bush tried the same deception with Safia Taleb Al Souhail. Although he didn't explicitly call her an everyday Iraqi, Bush wanted us to think that an everday Iraqi was grateful for her freedom and chance to vote last week. Yet Taleb Al Souhail is anything but an everyday Iraqi.
Just who exactly is Safia Taleb Al Souhail? Check out this excellent post from DailyKos diarist mikel1814.
First, she is an associate of your typical right wing types like Newt Gingrich, Jack Kemp, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Steve Forbes, plus the usual assortment of PNAC cabal types like James Woolsey, Frank Gaffney, Bill Kristol, and Charles Krauthammer through the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Second, she is in fact the new Iraqi government’s ambassador to Eqypt. While you are looking at this list, note that the interim Iraqi government’s ambassador to the United States, and therefore an associate of Taleb Al Souhail is none other than a blood relative of both Allawi and Chalabi who themselves are blood relatives. Small world, huh?
In other words, she is an Iraqi political elitist with right-wing connections to the same people who got us into this war in the first place. She is not an everyday Iraqi, but simply our tool on the ground in Iraq to ensure along with Allawi and Chalabi that American military bases are scattered throughout the country on top of the world’s second largest oil reserves.
You remember Chalabi, right? The guy who made his way into a previous SOTU as Bush’s guest, before he was outed as an Iranian spy?