Lots of Iraq News Lately

Over the past week, there’s been a considerable amount of media in the U.S. surrounding the Iraqi elections. On one hand, this has been positive, since Iraq has been again receiving the attention it deserves. On the other hand, so much media at once is tricky, as Americans—and people the world over—are only receiving a glimpse of situation that is complicated and constantly evolving. A lack of context could allow for misinterpretation of scenes that appear chaotic, but are really just the outcomes of a Middle Eastern country embracing democracy.

While we continue to await official results, and remain patient as the government-forming process carries on, I want to point out a few of the interviews and media items I’ve been a part of in recent days. I believe it is important to take the long view of these elections, and I hope I’ve been able to communicate that.

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    In reference to the CNN interview “” two points for consideration:

    1) For consideration by CNN: The opening line reads “BLITZER: will an upsurge of violence in Iraq many force the U.S. through to rethink its exit strategy, joining us now Qubad Talabani he is the representative of the Kurdistan regional government. And he is the son of Iraq’s president Jalil Talabani, thank very much for comingin”.

    CNN has misspelled president Jalal Talabani name as “Jalil Talibani”. The Situation Room – the famous CNN journalist Mr. Wolf Blitzer – may want to issue a new transcript and correct the spelling of president firs and last name.

    2) For consideration by KRG office and the representative Qubad Talabani.

    The last question, which the Wolf Blitzer asks, reads “Do you want Kurdistan as an independent state or part of Iraq?”

    Qubad Talabani responds, “Kurdish will thrive as part of a federal region within Iraq, a Democratic and plural Iraq. But more importantly, an Iraq that abides by its constitution. That is our guarantor for our participation in today’s Iraq”.

    * An example of one of the best ways in which Wolf Blizter’s last question could have been answered – would have been: Yes, Kurds do want an independent Kurdistan.

    While, the declaration of independence may not be a realistic at this time, like all other nations Kurds do have the right to a state of their own – but for now federal arrangement can work so long as Iraq’s central government accept and implement the constitution in full. KRG is about to request amending the constitution – granting Kurdish people to leave Iraq’s central government continues to violate the constitution.

    For example the inclusion of the following clause: “Empower Kurdistan to Independence and to Freedom” allows Kurdistan to take action when necessary.

    Kind regrads,

  2. Major Eric Reed #


    It’s Major Eric Reed. I watched your videos. I didn’t know you were in Memphis – that’s close to where I’m from. I hope you are doing well. You looked and sounded good on TV. I knew you would. Take care of yourself and tell your Dad, Mom, wife, your brother, and Hiwa I said hello and I hope they are doing well.


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