Eat My Dust Arianna, almost
Suffering from blog-envy, and vaingloriously deeming myself a should-be (as opposed to wanna-be) celebrity, I thought that I could steal a march on Huffington’s post about her soiree with Ahmad Chalabi, and thus put ‘Talisman Gate’ on the map. Chalabi was the flavor of the news cycle. Of course, I have privileged access to Chalabi, so I was sure to get all the hot stuff. What I ended-up getting on his farewell ride back to Dulles Airport last night were indeed some red-hot insider scoops, except, I can’t quote a single line. Something about things being off-the-record and journalistic integrity, or something.
Damn you Arianna…I will get you yet!
Et tu, Sally Quinn?
PS: During the interview, John Cusack called my cell phone, which was weird and random because it was a wrong number, and we ended-up chatting and I mentioned Chalabi and Cusack asked if he could join us, so the limo picked him up on our way to the airport. Wow, I thought, this guy is everywhere. Or maybe he is just a stalker. And then, Martians invaded, and the earthlings welcomed them with sweets and flowers.
[For legal purposes: the Cusack incident is a lie. For the purposes of public order: ditto about the Martians].
Just to tease people, these are some of the questions that I asked Chalabi, which I thought ‘real’ journalists (as opposed to me) should be asking:
-How many seats do you expect to win in the elections? What is the minimum number of seats you need to win that would not be politically embarrassing?
-Where are you running strongest? Who are the top vote-getting candidates that you are fielding? Why did they choose to run on your list?
-Why did you leave the UIA list? What steps did you take to build a liberal Shia constituency?
-What would a ‘Chalabi Block’ in the next parliament look like? How big does it need to be for you to become Prime Minister?
-Who gets what portfolio in the cabinet? What compromises do the Sadrists expect?
-If Allawi can expand his parliamentary block beyond 40 seats, would Barzani buck Kurdish consensus and support the Allawi’s bid for premiership?
-Who is running the insurgency now?
-Why is head of Iraqi intelligence, Gen. Shahwani, still at his job?
-What do you plan to do if you don’t become Prime Minister? Would you take a consolation prize?
-Do you plan to write your memoirs anytime soon?