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Baghdad lacks credibility ‎ 27.5.2012 
By Rizgar Khoshnaw, Washington DC
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May 27, 2012

It seems that Baghdad is fighting too many wars at the same time and such action is very unwise and will surly have an adverse affect on Iraq. Not a day goes by without reading that Iraqi politicians/government in Baghdad are making noise about neighboring countries, except, of course, Iran! They have managed to upset, one form or another, many governments/countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kurdistan Regional Government KRG ....etc

I will only give a couple of examples of how incompetent the Iraqi government is and unqualified to govern a nation. In one well known and documented case, the Iraqi government signs a multibillion dollar electricity contract with a German company that does not exists!! And when I approached the Iraqi ambassador in Washington, D.C. regarding an electricity project for Iraq, he completely ignored our letters. I had sent two registered first class letters to him and had sent three e-mails and not a single response from his office. I finally called his office and made my honest opinion known to him!

And yet, the Iraqi government signs a deal worth billions of dollars with a company that they said they had "researched" on the Internet that does not even exists!! What a joke!

Another example, leaving names out, was during my meetings with high level officials in Baghdad (Green Zone) few years ago regarding certain contracts with the Ministry of Defense and all they cared about was how they could "somehow" personally benefit, in the short-term of course, from my dealing with them. Of course I had no idea what they were talking about but it was made clear to me what they had in mind but I refused to entertain such idea.

Also, I was asked to "help" with a visa issue to come to the US and I did for this particular individual, but when the time came for the interview at the US embassy in Turkey, he did not show. I was left with his complete application that I still posses today and utter disappointment and unprofessional behavior of this high-level government official.

Is it possible that the Iraqi government in Baghdad is making loud noises and creating such conflict with the Kurdish government in order to shift the attention from their lack of progress, corruption and mismanagement? It is amazing to me that after hundreds of billions of dollars in oil revenue and nine years of governing, the Iraqis still do not have the very essential life necessity; electricity! How is the possible? The only possible answer is that the Iraqi politicians really could careless about their own nation and all they are worried/concerned about is their own pockets and survival.

I think it is now obvious that the Kurdish government can not work with Baghdad and the KRG needs/should consider go on their own and try develop Kurdistan without dealing with Baghdad anymore. Kurdistan is very rich and the oil revenue alone will surly suffice the needs of the whole population without having the to look for Baghdad for any financial assistance.

Furthermore, I have been reading in the news that PM Nechirvan Barzani and President Massoud Barzani are both making sincere efforts to work with Baghdad, but Baghdad is not willing to honor and implement its commitments and agreements to the Kurds and their own people. The time has come to give Baghdad an ultimatum and if no agreement is reached, then the KRG should consider complete separation from Iraq.

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