Yes, we all know that disgraced con artist Ahmed Chalabi was just handed the keys to the Iraqi oil ministry, democracy being on the march and all and Chalabi needing some sort of consolation prize after having been kicked to the curb in the recent Iraqi elections.
What's amusing in that article is this nugget buried several paragraphs down:
Once tabbed by some U.S. officials as a future leader of Iraq, Chalabi suffered a series of blows following the U.S.-led invasion, beginning when intelligence he provided to the Pentagon about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction proved false. He was later accused of passing U.S. secrets to the government of Iran. But in recent months, several U.S. officials have praised Chalabi's technical expertise and ability to facilitate agreements among feuding factions within the government.
"He has proven himself quite capable and experienced in dealing with all aspects of Iraq's energy sector and is well-qualified for this position," a U.S. official said on the condition that he not be named because he was commenting on an Iraqi government decision.
Well, how about that? Apparently, some U.S. officials understand that it's more than a little inappropriate to comment on the goings-on of a foreign government. Who would have guessed?