Oh, dear. It seems like that whole Iraqi "democracy" thing is overrated:
Major partners in Iraq's governing coalition are in behind-the-scenes talks to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki amid discontent over his failure to quell raging violence, according to lawmakers involved.
The talks are aimed at forming a new parliamentary bloc that would seek to replace the current government and that would likely exclude supporters of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who is a vehement opponent of the U.S. military presence.
The new alliance would be led by senior Shiite politician Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who met with President Bush last week.
And it seems like only yesterday that some members of the Blogging Tories were practically creaming themselves over those free and fair elections.
Oh, well. Purple fingers are so ... so ... last year, don't you think?
SORRY, HOW'S THAT AGAIN? Ummmmmm ... given the above, I'm not quite sure what to make of this:
President Bush on Monday opened three days of intensive consultations on Iraq, saying the United States and countries across the Middle East have a vital stake in helping the fragile government in Baghdad succeed.
I'm guessing this is a definition of "help" with which I am thoroughly unfamiliar.