Over at The Daily Beast, I have a piece up mapping out 5 steps Allawi needs to take to get the prime minister gig. It’s not a cinch, and it will be interesting to see how folks in Iraq will react if the top vote getter doesn’t get the top job.
After narrowly winning Iraq’s elections, Ayad Allawi now faces a new political minefield: a prime minister who doesn’t want to leave, a secretive government panel bent on his destruction, a long and messy government formation process where he’ll have to fight to keep his own alliance together, and the tall task of convincing both Kurds and religious Shiites that the former Baathist can be their leader, too. He’s got 91 seats, while his closest rival, Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, has 89. In Iraq’s 325 seat parliament, the magic number to form a government is 163. So what are Allawi’s next moves?
Read the rest here.
ALSO:For anyone with a radio, I’m scheduled to be on NPR’s show ‘Talk of the Nation’ this afternoon at 3 pm, discussing a trip I took to Iraq with wounded veterans from a program called Operation Proper Exit.
And, if you’re in the mood for more of my pronouncements, check out this segment on The Listening Post, where I trash a few “particular individuals” and their spin on the Iraq elections. (Bonus: you get Matthew Duss from the Center for American Progress and Jason Linkins from The Huffington Post, too, both sounding much more articulate and less unhinged than myself. In my defense, however, I gave the interview on the roof of the AJ-E bureau in Baghdad, and therefore I felt an inexplicable need to shout…Nice palm trees, though.)